New York State Senate Rejects Gay Marriage in 38-24 Vote

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[From Politics Daily]

The New York State Senate shot down a bill Tuesday afternoon that would have legalized gay marriage. The 38-24 vote was broadcast live online, and followed contentious debate.

Senators filled the day with impassioned and sometimes rambling orations, mostly in support of the bill. Sen. Bill Perkins was one of several senators to call the vote an act of solidarity with beloved civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Sen. Liz Krueger, of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, talked about her Jewish family coming to New York to escape persecution.

Sen. Rubén Díaz of the Bronx cited what he called the broad consensus among his constituents against the measure. “Not only the evangelicals, not only the Jews, not only the Muslims, not only the Catholics, but also the people oppose it,” he said. No Republicans voted for the measure.