The bill was defeated by a decisive margin of 38 to 24. The Democrats, who have a bare, one-seat majority, did not have enough votes to pass the bill without some Republican support, but not a single Republican senator voted for the measure.
Although the vote on same-sex marriage had been previously delayed and reported to have been postponed until the end of the year, NY State senators are currently deliberating the bill and are expected to vote at the end of today’s session.
The Hillcrest History Guild will be hosting the community event to celebrate the holidays together. Since the Hillcrest Town Council will not be meeting on their usual second Tuesday in December — the open date provided a great opportunity for this good old fashioned gathering.
"Under New York's rule recognizing out-of-state marriages, the two women are legal spouses; the New York State Teamsters Benefit Fund is ignoring its obligation to its long-time member and leaving this family vulnerable."
"Yes some important progress has been made. After years of advocacy, we celebrated the announced end of the travel and immigration ban for people with HIV. We applaud the Obama Administration for its leadership in ending this government-sponsored discrimination against people living with HIV."