Updated: Sen. Saland Caves, Claiming Religious Liberty Will Be Protected, With No Time to Review the Bill


Sen. Saland, who told voters he opposed SSM, is now saying he will vote for gay marriage. UPDATE: here is his statement.

We will redouble our efforts. This is not yet a done deal, despite massive GOP betrayal.


  1. Jane
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    We must remember these traitors when the next election rolls around.

  2. Adam
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Marriage equality was legalized tonight! (: Sorry for your loss NOM!

  3. Robbo
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Permalink

    bye nom!!

  4. Matthew
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I take it that since they did not have time to read the language of the final bill, that this bill does not match the house bill and must go into some final conference procedure now. Or am I wrong?

  5. John
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    Saland office all week said against bill- The Judas

  6. M.M.
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Awww....too bad NOM! Equality won the day over religious bigotry and hate mongering!...

    Oh, and there's NO ballot initiative process in New York, so...

  7. Believer
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Permalink

    NOM will not go away because the spirit behind NOM is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We have not lost nothing. There is nothing lost in God's kingdom. The spirit behind homosexuality is deceit which is not a spirit of the Lord. Deceit is a spirit of the devil. It has never mattered to God that man makes laws against His Word. 'Heaven and earth will pass away but not one jot or tittle of My Word will pass away". "A man is to leave his father and mother and cleave to a wife and the twain shall be of one flesh". The relationship between a married man and woman will always be superior to any relationship on earth on any given day in any given age regardless of man's laws and culture. Father in the Name of Jesus, we thank you for the victory in this war against same-sex marriage. We know this is not your Will for man. The world thinks that we, your people, have lost in the way people thought Jesus lost on the Cross on Cavalry. Those of us that believe in You, we remain faithful unto You until the end. Amen.

  8. Drew
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

    Go home, NOM. Ya lost. The GOP betrayed you. You are not wanted and can't fool everybody, apparently - even those on your same side!

  9. Robert
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    funny, no time to review the bill eh?
    yet they've had meeting on this for the last 4 days. That's seems amble time for me.

  10. Lisa
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Saland needs to be hold accountable by the Republican party for what he has done. He no longer is a member of the party as far as I'm concerned. He did Cuomo's bidding, now depend on him to get you re-elected!

  11. Believer
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Laugh now, but it will be short lived. NOM is here for the duration. The fight is not over.

  12. Brian Slater
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    This is a done deal. You lost this one. And there is no direct democracy in NY so you will not be able to undo this. Sorry. You won Rhode Island and Maryland. We won New York. I'd say that's fair. What I think is great is that it was a Republican controlled Senate and that the GOP were the ones who provided the votes to make this bill pass. That was really amazing. 🙂

  13. Adam
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Permalink

    So what's your argument now that the bill irrevocably protects religious institutions in their right to refuse recognizing same-sex unions? This bill has given NOM absolutely no legitimate argument against gay marriage, unless you're willing to fall back on the fact that you really just want to push your beliefs on people who don't share them....sorry...this bill protects your freedoms - time to respect everyone else's!

  14. A.W.
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Permalink

    Laws like this have been overturned recently - the legislatures in both California and Maine had approved gay marriage a few years ago, but both of those states later banned gay marriage again. In New York, the vote was extremely close and hence easy to overturn in another legislative session, or by a direct public referendum.

  15. mt
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Sad day for New York and America. Marriage will never be the same and we will be poorer because of it.

  16. WhitelighterNY
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm | Permalink

    Deception and betrayal quality hallmarks of the homosexual community. That is how you denied the people of New York State their right to a public referendum, where this ignorance would have been defeated, but you already knew that. Well - laugh while you can.

  17. Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    We need a tough primary for this turncoat!

  18. tom
    Posted June 24, 2011 at 11:33 pm | Permalink

    looks like the tide of equality is sweeping over religious based bigotry

  19. Randy E King
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 12:28 am | Permalink

    Amazing that you would lay claim to religous based freedom but hold religous based morality in contempt. Same-sex enthusiasts and their supporters hold their collective ignorance in high regards.

  20. A.W.
    Posted June 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    The new law does _not_ protect Christian (or Jewish, Muslim etc) businesses, but only churches, synagogues, etc. That means that businesses in New York will now be subject to the same lawsuits that have crippled many businesses in other places that allow gay marriage, forcing owners to either act against their religious beliefs (e.g., by giving a bed to a couple that will be engaging in sinful sex) or face financial ruin if they stand up for their beliefs. This fatally undermines all semblance of religious freedom. To put it in perspective, keep in mind that the law has long protected the right of (for example) a kosher Orthodox Jewish catering business to refuse to provide meals to a couple who want ham sandwiches at their wedding reception, but it doesn't provide any right for that same Orthodox Jewish catering business to refuse to provide meals for a couple who are committing sodomy. Hence such a business could be sued for opposing sodomy but not for opposing ham.

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