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GOP Senator Lanza Pushing for More Religious Exemptions in New York Gay Marriage Bill
Several Republican senators in New York are urging Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to consider changing his proposed same-sex marriage bill to better protect religious institutions, addressing a concern that has emerged as one of the bill's chief obstacles as the legislative session comes to an end.

Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat who strongly supports same-sex marriage, met both Wednesday night and Thursday evening in his Capitol office with the lawmakers, who say they are worried that churches and other religious institutions that do not approve of gay marriage could face legal challenges or regulatory conflicts if same-sex marriage is legalized.


Senator Andrew J. Lanza of Staten Island, who, along with Senators Kemp Hannon of Long Island and Stephen M. Saland of Poughkeepsie, met with the governor, said, "The concern that I have expressed, and others have expressed, is that we don't want to create a vehicle that will allow anyone to make a challenge, to erode, what I think is a fundamental American freedom, and that is the freedom of expression when it comes to religion."

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Published on:  June 17, 2011

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