Daily News: Marriage-Equality Vote Not Until Weekend or Later

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ALBANY, NY - JUNE 16: New York Senate Majority Leader Sen. Dean Skelos (R-District 9) (C) talks with colleagues in the Senate chamber on June 16, 2011 in Albany, New York. The Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would legalize gay marriage as soon as tomorrow. (Photo by Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images) Photo: Matthew Cavanaugh/2011 Getty Images

State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos just emerged from a three-hour conference with the Republican caucus to say that no decision has been made on when to vote on Governor Cuomo's Marriage Equality Act, or even whether to do it at all. The debate still hinges on protections for religious groups, which conservatives argue don't go far enough in the current version. Gay rights advocates worry that extending them further could write discrimination into the law. The Wall Street Journal has a good explanation of the details being debated. [NYDN]