Today the Senate engages in an historic debate on a bill that would extend full marriage rights to same sex couples in the state of New York. You can read the full text of the bill as well as leave a comment on the legislation here. You can also watch the debate live as it happens and join the discussion right here at NYSenate.gov. If you have something to say, take a look at our Terms of Participation and then let your voice be heard. We want to know what you think.

Initiative Updates

Senate Majority Extends Rights To LGBT Couples

Legislation grants bereavement leave to employees in same-sex relationships

June 30, 2010
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Press Statement From Senator Shirley L. Huntley

News FromNew York StateSenator Shirley L. Huntley

For Immediate Release: December 7, 2009

Contact: Patricia D. Savage| psavage@senate.state.ny.us| (718) 523-3069

Senator Shirley L. Huntley On The Marriage Equality Legislation

December 8, 2009
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Senator Savino Gives Impassioned Speech In Favor of Marriage Equality For New York

(Albany)-Wednesday, December 2, in a speech to legislators, Senator Diane Savino expressed her views on the significance of voting in favor of marriage equality for the state of New York.  "I hope that we are going to make that history here today. I hope that we are going to take that step forward to continue the promise of Thomas Jefferson” said Senator Savino “We have nothing to fear from love and commitment."Please click on the link for the video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCFFxidhcy0&feature=player_embedded

December 2, 2009
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Statement of Senator Duane RE: Marriage Equality Vote in NYS State Senate

"Today’s vote against Marriage Equality makes me very angry.  Promises made were not honored.  The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, and all fair minded New Yorkers, have been betrayed.  I am enraged, deeply disappointed and profoundly saddened by the vote today.

December 2, 2009
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Statement from Senator Liz Krueger on Failure of Same-Sex Marriage Bill

“While I was pleased that the Senate finally had the decency to bring same-sex marriage legislation up for a vote today, I am extremely disappointed in the failure of so many of my colleagues to recognize the ability to marry as a basic civil right for all.  At least we now know where every Senator stands on this critical issue and I expect that a number of them will soon be hearing from some very angry constituents for denying them equal rights.

December 2, 2009
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Serrano Statement on Marriage Equality Vote

New York, NY- Senator José M. Serrano (D-Manhattan/Bronx) expressed disappointment that a marriage equality bill (S.4401) did not pass on the Senate floor today."I am deeply saddened and disappointed by the result of today's vote on marriage equality. This issue is a part of the ongoing struggle for civil rights in the United States, and I maintain that State government must take action.

December 2, 2009
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