ALBANY - State Senate Republicans met behind closed doors again today to discuss the legalization of same-sex marriage, but failed to reach a decision, putting off a vote on the bill for the third straight day.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) spent the day lobbying individual senators in an effort to pass the legislation, which is currently one vote short.
Some believe senators are using the gay marriage bill to gain concessions on an issue that's a priority for them - the property tax cap. The Senate doesn't back the Assembly's proposal to have the tax cap expire after eight years, and would like to see that provision gone.
"All of the major issues, all of them, are bargaining chips," says Assemblyman Bob Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst).
However, Senate Republicans say they have legitimate concerns that church groups that refuse to perform same-sex ceremonies or offer services to gay couples may be penalized under the marriage equality bill. LI gay-rights advocates await same-sex marriage voteNY Assembly passes gay marriage billNew York edges closer to legalizing same-sex marriage