State Senate Takes Up Horse Racing, Memorial Flag Before Gay Marriage Equality

It was a late night yesterday for advocates both for and against same-sex marriage equality, as the New York State Senate failed to bring the issue up for debate. However, before the Senate convened shortly after midnight, they did manage to bring up numerous important issues of the day, including votes on horse racing, allowing tight-rope walkers to traverse Niagara Falls, and adopting a 9/11 memorial flag for the state (a controversial bill which only passed 59 to two!)

Earlier in the week, the Senate also made time to host beauty contestants from the Miss Chinese New York pageant. But the big ticket items which have had the Senate's galley packed all week -- rent control and same-sex marriage -- haven't made it to the floor yet, as the legislators scramble to hit the road for the summer.

That mysterious 32nd vote for the Marriage Equality Bill never became public last night, either.

The Senate is scheduled to resume session today at 11 a.m. -- you can watch live here.

sthrasher@villagevoice.com | @steven_thrasher


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