The New York State Senate approved the chapter amendment that includes provisions in a gay marriage bill that would shield religious organizations that refuse to recognize gay marriage, overcoming a central obstacle to the bill getting a vote Friday night.

The chapter amendment passed with a vote of 36-26.

Senator Stephen. Saland said, I define doing the right thing as treating people with equality.

Protesters take part in a demonstration supporting same-sex marriages outside Sheraton Hotel where U.S. President Obama was attending a function in New York.
President Barack Obama may be against same-sex marriage, but a group is trying to get the Democratic Party to officially support the issue in its platform at the 2012 national convention. Photo: Reuters

The Senate is currently listening to the explanation of votes from Senators.


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