As Jamie mentioned on Monday and I talked about last week, civil rights advocates in New York State are still waiting… and waiting… and waiting for marriage equality legislation to come up for a vote in the State Senate.
Hopes were high that the Senate would take up the issue at the end of regular session late last week or early this week. Instead, it’s been a waiting game in which Majority Leader Dean Skelos has pushed it off again and again. Apparently the Senate has been too busy with such important matters like making corn the official New York State vegetable and worrying about their underpants to take on marriage just yet.
The good news is that the Senate has finally started to breach some of the more important issues, including a four-hour debate yesterday evening on rent regulation in New York City. And this afternoon, the Rules Committee was supposedly voting to send marriage equality to a floor vote.
So now, it’s just a matter of time. Stay tuned for updates as they become available.
I’ll be here liveblogging the marriage vote when it happens, so check back and join me if you’re still awake! You can watch it online here, and if you’re my follower on tumblr, you know I’ve been announcing major developments as they happen, including warnings when the Senate goes into session or Rules Committee meetings, so you don’t have to listen to all the nonsense in the interim. (A resolution declaring Onion Appreciation Day? Really, guys?)