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Senate vote on gay marriage bill delayed for now

By Mark Scott

Albany, NY – Republicans in the State Senate are awaiting more specific language regarding religious exemptions before a gay marriage bill is brought to the floor for a vote.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos says he wants his members to feel "comfortable" that no social services provided by religious organizations would be halted if they refuse to recognize gay marriages. He says a vote would not be taken Friday.

Skelos says Governor Andrew Cuomo appears to be willing to negotiate.

For now, a gay marriage bill remains one vote short of passing in the Senate.