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    December 08, 2008

    Latest on that N.Y. marriage 'deal'

    Posted by: Chris

    Tomduane The Gay City News reports gay marriage advocates aren't necessarily buying published accounts that the state's leading Senate Democrats bargained away a marriage equality bill to win the support of three dissident Dems threatening to throw their support, and control, to the Republicans:

    New York's three dailies provided differing accounts of what Diaz came away with from the December 4 meeting, which Governor David Paterson also attended. The Times reported that sources with knowledge of the negotiations said Diaz is "confident" that there will be no vote on gay marriage in 2009.

    The Daily News wrote that Diaz said he had been "assured" the measure would not come to a vote; its print story did not give a time frame, but News political blogger Liz Benjamin said the agreement was for at least 2009.

    The Post reported that a vote would not happen in the 2009-2010 session, meaning that no action would come before the 2010 election, when Paterson and the Senate Democrats must both stand for reelection.

    [Gay Chelsea Sen. Tom] Duane, speaking from Washington late in the afternoon of December 5, said he knew no more about the negotiations than had been published and noted that none of the dailies' sources had been named - though the News account reads as though Diaz made his comment to the newspaper. Duane argued that Smith has repeatedly voiced support for marriage equality, while Skelos is opposed.

    There's little encouraging here, since the evidence suggests such a deal was cut to postpone a vote at least until after the midterm elections in 2010.



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    1. ksu499 on Dec 11, 2008 1:43:52 PM:

      So, what happened to the later (Thursday morning) story on the New York 'deal'? I read it on the way to work this morning, but now I'm getting a 404 error when trying to access /citizenchris/2008/12/ny-dems-change.html.

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