As Monday Ends, Reports Indicate No New York Marriage Vote Today

The media this afternoon continued its coverage of the status of New York's marriage equality legislation. The Associated Press noted that Republican state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is in negotiations with Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) over some language included in the bill. The AP also reported that state Sen. Ruben Diaz (D), one of the opponents of marriage equality in the state Legislature, said marriage equality is “inevitable” in New York. The AP writes, “Diaz says the governor's involvement is a powerful force that Albany hasn't seen before on this issue.” NY1 claimed it “had learned the State Senate is unlikely to vote on the issue today,” and a Republican state senator indicated that marriage legislation may not be voted on until Wednesday or Thursday. The governor wants the state Legislature to stay in session until it addresses rent control laws. Advocates on Twitter continue to use the #NY4M hash tag, and many have been tweeting Republican state Sen. Greg Ball and urging him to support the proposed legislation. Ball last week asked his followers, “So, if you were me, how would you vote on gay marriage? Yes or No?” The Advocate reports that Ball said the feedback “seems to be heading in a direction for marriage equality.” New Yorkers United for Marriage, the coalition of LGBT advocacy groups working for marriage equality in the state, plans to hold a “Rally for Love and Marriage” on Tuesday at West Capitol Park.  New Yorkers United for Marriage tonight reported that they have two buses leaving from Manhattan on Tuesday at 9am for those who wish to attend the rally in Albany. The buses are free of charge and will return from Albany at 3pm. More info can be found on the rally's Facebook event page. GLAAD will continue to monitor coverage of this bill and provide updates until the end of the legislative session.