Gov. Paterson has called the Senate in again today and it appears that he wants a vote on same-sex marriage.
Opponents of gay marriage seem antsy.
In a statement, Richard E. Barnes, head of the NYS Catholic Conference, says:
“The institution of marriage between a man and a woman is the fundamental building block of society, predating any human government and designed to create a stable family structure for children in a home with a father and mother. The wholesale redefinition of this timeless institution to include relationships between two men or two women has been consistently opposed by the state’s Catholic Bishops.
“If the legislature is going to consider such a radical social engineering experiment, it must be done with their most thoughtful pause and consideration. By putting this incredibly controversial measure on the special session agenda in this current atmosphere, the Governor has chosen the worst possible way of addressing it.
“We urge all Senators to vote no.”
And the Rev. Jason McGuire of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical lobbying group in Albany, sent out this email:
New York Governor David Paterson has called for a vote on same-sex marriage during the Wednesday, June 24, 2009, special session of the State Senate. Same-sex marriage legislation has already passed the State Assembly and Governor Paterson is eager to sign the bill into law. The State Senate is where this bill must be stopped!
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms is doing everything within its power to block this legislation, but the bottom line is that senators need to hear from constituents in their districts. Senators need to know that this issue is of great importance to the people who elected them to office. Please take action now – before it is too late.
And now we wait.