Skelos: NY Senate Will Vote On Marriage

One day after he was installed as Senate Majority Leader in a coup that Democrats attempted to end by turning off the lights in the Senate room, Sen. Dean Skelos is telling the press that he will bring marriage equality to a vote before the current session ends in less than ten days. New Senate President Pedro Espada agrees and the two are expecting to discuss timing later today.

The Empire State Pride Agenda is trying to stay above the partisan warfare.

“Our issues are not partisan issues,” Alan Van Capelle, the organization’s executive director, said on Tuesday. “They are about equal rights for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who are treated like second-class citizens. Our hope and expectation is that yesterday’s events will not derail efforts by our community to win the equality we so desperately need.”

Since yesterday’s bloodbath, we’ve not yet heard from openly gay Sen. Thomas Duane, who has famously claimed that the necessary votes to approve same-sex marriage do exist.