(06/17/2011) New York (CNN) — State senators grappled Friday with the details of a bill that could pave the way for New York to become the nation’s sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage.
A vote on the measure, which the state Assembly passed Wednesday night, has been stalled in part by Republican concerns over protections for religious institutions against the potential for litigation in the wake of the proposed law.
Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, expressed concerns Friday over the “unintended consequences” of a bill that redefines the legal parameters of marriage in what appears to be the latest in a series of state-by-state confrontations over the issue. …
Meanwhile, Senate Republican Greg Ball — considered to be on the fence over the pending vote — reiterated his party’s concerns about the legislation’s potential impact on religious institutions.
“I’m not going to vote for a bill where Catholic adoption agencies or religious organizations are shut down or are opened up to lawsuits,” he said, noting that adoption agencies were closed after same-sex marriage laws were adopted in other states. (READ MORE)