Updating a major news development that broke over the past two days when were off: A vote on same-sex marriage is still likely to happen after Monday's dramatic Republican coup in the New York Senate.
Pedro Espada Jr., the new State Senate president says in a radio interview he personally wanted to bring a marriage equality bill to a vote. "I am for same-sex marriage," Espada tells Talk 1300 AM. "There will be no guarantees and no quid pro quos, I think there will be a vote of conscience of the senators.”
On Monday evening, and several dissident Democrats formed a governing coalition with the Senate Republicans after a coup on the Senate floor. Espada, a same-sex marriage proponent, was included along with Carl Kruger, a marriage equality foe and Hiram Monserrate, a Queens Democrat who previously supported marriage equality.
Dean Skelos, the new majority leader, opposes gay marriage but previously instructed his caucus to vote how they pleased on the issue. Newsday reports Espada "didn't disagree" and says "we should vote up or down on bills, that's part of the reforms we've brought." The previous majority leader, Malcolm Smith, vowed only to bring the bill to a floor when it has the 32 votes it needs to pass.
It is unclear if the bill has enough support to pass . NY1's vote tally has been fairly stagnant, with the last count showing 20 senators in favor, 28 against, and 14 who are undecided or won't say.