New York Soundly Defeats Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Congratulations New York on voting down the gay marriage initiative! This vote is a win for families, kids and freedom.
Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, said, “Today’s vote results from the efforts made by a bipartisan, multiracial alliance united in support of the proposition that marriage is not just about adult satisfaction or the whims of a special interest group—it’s about kids. The bottom line is that children do best when raised by their biological mother and father. This bill would have encouraged and promoted the deliberate formation of households that deprive children of either a mom or a dad.”
“It is gratifying to see that so many senators from both parties are listening to their constituents and taking heed to the many objections that have been raised regarding this bill. The legislation placed freedom of religion and freedom of conscience in jeopardy. New Yorkers’ voices were heard today.” —New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms
Today, New York joins the ranks of states who have rejected gay marriage. Not only was it rejected, but it was rejected by a far larger margin than anyone had hoped to anticipate.
“I think you put it all together and it most likely spells the end of the idea that you can pass gay marriage democratically anywhere else in the United States,” said Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which spearheaded opposition in Albany. “I think the gay marriage lobby will have to go back to a court-based approach.
“We did believe they were short at least five votes, but we did not expect to win by 14 votes.”
NY Governor David Paterson has been pushing since early last year for this vote. New Yorkers didn’t take it lying down, they got to the streets to rally pro marriage forces by the thousands. They rallied, they fasted and they prayed. I prayed too.
Thank you for the victory tonight in New York! It was a long time coming.
See this more in depth account of what went down today from the Baptist Press:
N.Y. Senate debates religion, defeats ‘gay marriage’ bill
ALBANY, N.Y. (BP)–In a lengthy debate Wednesday that often focused more on theology than politics, the New York Senate defeated a “gay marriage” bill 38-24, handing homosexual activists another stinging defeat in the liberal Northeast.
The bill had breezed through the Assembly 86-51 the previous night and Democratic Gov. David A. Paterson had pledged to sign it, putting all eyes on the Senate, where Democrats have a two-vote majority. But after an impassioned two-hour debate that even saw a few legislators shed tears, the bill fell far short of the required 32 votes, preventing the nation’s third most populous state from redefining marriage.
It is the third significant recent defeat in the Northeast for “gay marriage” supporters, who on Election Day saw Maine vote to prohibit such relationships and New Jersey replace a governor who supports “gay marriage” with one who opposes it. The defeat could have ramifications in New Jersey, where homosexual activists are pushing for a vote on a bill there before lame duck Gov. Jon Corzine leaves office Jan. 19.