This claim of "rushing" the bill is obviously true, because there has been no discussion on marriage equality in New York in any way, shape, or form over the past few months. Also, people have not debated the issues of both marriage equality and religious exemptions, since they haven't had time. Additionally, I love Reverend McGuires insistence that the religious exemption language be analyzed by religious organizations - most of which have shown no opposition at all to the very concept of marriage equality.Advocates and opponents are both bracing for a vote between 1:00 - 2:00 AM.
This really wouldn't be surprising. Last week when the New York State Assembly passed gay "marriage" legislation, it occurred with a "message of necessity". The only reason a message of necessity was used in this process was to avoid the three-day aging process required for most legislation. The message of necessity was wrongfully used to allow a rapid vote on a very divisive issue, denying the people of New York the appropriate opportunity to respond to this controversial issue.
Now the New York State Senate Republicans are being urged to put same-sex "marriage" legislation up for an up or down vote. Advocates argue that this is part of an open and transparent process and that this is how democracy works. An open and transparent government, however, would allow for a proper three-day aging process that the public might see and consider the ramifications of whatever religious freedoms language is to be included in the legislation.
Rev. Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF), said, "No Republican senator should think that allowing a vote under the cover of darkness is a good thing for the State of New York. Specific legislative language should be vetted by the parties most directly affected, in this case the religious communities. Passing this bill, aids Democrats, not the democratic process."
And cover of night? Might sound rhetorically pleasing, but remember, if it was not for the Republicans stalling on this issue, it would have been voted on days ago and in full daylight.