Wonder how this bill got passed this time? Money that’s how and the blame is on the Republicans this time….Don’t they know that the Tea Party people are watching them too and they can be voted out of office just as many Democrats were last November as well.

A pro-family group is vowing to continue the fight to protect Bible-based marriage in the wake of the state of New York legalizing “gay marriage.” The Republican-controlled Senate in the Empire State voted 33-29 late Friday to approve same-sex marriage. It was signed into law a few hours later, just before midnight, by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

 

Four of 32 Republicans gave the bill the necessary number to pass. Senator Stephen Saland voted against a similar measure in 2009, but voted for same-sex marriage. Senator Mark Grisanti, a Roman Catholic who campaigned on the fact that he would protect marriage, also supported the bill Friday, saying he apologized “to those I offend.” Fellow Republican senators James Alesi and Roy McDonald joined them in voting for the measure.

Opponents say the new law redefined a fundamental part of society, and vowed to campaign against senators — especially Republicans who changed their votes at the last minute — in next year’s re-election campaigns. Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), calls it “a tragic day” for both New York and the United States.

Brian Brown (National Organization for Marriage)“The people of New York were robbed of the right to vote directly on this issue, and the legislature forced this on the state,” he tells OneNewsNow. “And really, the blame lies with the Republican Party — for those four Republicans deciding to abandon the principles of the Republican Party and betray their voters. That’s what happened, and they’re going to be held accountable.”

The New York Times reports the governor personally played a major role in lobbying those Republicans who reversed their earlier votes. According to that report, Cuomo delivered their votes with the promise of substantial campaign contributions from prominent Republican donors Paul Singer, Cliff Asness, and Daniel Loeb. The Times says those donors “had the influence and the money to insulate nervous senators from conservative backlash” if they supported the same-gender marriage legislation.

Within days after meeting with Cuomo, those wealthy Republican donors reported back to the governor that they were on board. “Each of them cut six-figure checks to the lobbying campaign that eventually totaled more than $1-million,” says The Times.

NOM’s Brown says his group has doubled its previous pledge to protect marriage, promising to commit at least $2 million during elections in 2012 to oust the Republicans who voted for same-sex marriage. “What needs to happen now, and what I’m confident will happen, is that the legislature of New York needs to be remade to represent the will of the voters of New York,” he says.


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The bill makes New York only the third state, after Vermont and New Hampshire, to legalize marriage through a legislative act and not via a court ruling.

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