The possibility of a New York state Senate vote on marriage equality has been delayed until next week, State Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos tells the Associated Press.
Republican Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn says the collapse of a deal to extend New York City rent control regulations late Wednesday night has complicated the gay marriage issue. Golden says Thursday he still expects the marriage bill to get to the Senate floor for a vote, but that may not happen this week and could be Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
Bloomberg, a major financial backer of the Senate Republicans, declined immediate comment after meeting with the senators for an hour.
Bloomberg has been repeatedly criticized for his considerable financial support to Senate Republicans, who have been the chief opponents of marriage equality and gender identity legislation in the Empire State.
On Wednesday night and for the fourth time in as many years, the Democratic-led New York Assembly passed a marriage equality bill. The vote was 80-63.
Thirty-two votes are needed in the Senate. Twenty-nine Democrats and two Republicans have publicly committed they to the bill, which means that one more Republican vote is needed to pass.