Gay marriage battle rages as N.Y. senators debate taxes and rent
June 21st, 2011
02:58 PM ET
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Gay marriage battle rages as N.Y. senators debate taxes and rent

New York (CNN) - A day after state lawmakers were due to head home, a pair of controversial issues seem to stubbornly postpone their summer recess.

The first is something that many call a quintessential New York battle: Whether to enact the first statewide cap on property taxes. The cap is linked to the extension of rent control laws that apply to roughly 1 million apartments, most of them in New York City.

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  1. rob

    So Rethuglicans are holding the human and civil rights of New Yorkers hostage to pass their extremist tax agenda? Only in a Rethuglican mind would these two issues be related. The Rethuglicans also want bigotry and discrimination to be legal if the bigots claim they are doing it for religious reasons. If religious nuts want to live under religious law, let them move to Iran or Saudi Arabia. The United States exists under a SECULAR CONSTITUTION and religion has ABSOLUTELY NO PLACE in the laws of the United States. The Rethuglican Party is owned by religious extremists.–
    "I'm not going to vote for a bill where Catholic adoption agencies or religious organizations are shut down or are opened up to lawsuits," he said Friday, noting that adoption agencies were closed after same-sex marriage laws were adopted in other states. - What Senator Ball fails to mention is that those organizations decided to engage in illegal, discriminatory behavior AND LIKE EVERY OTHER ORGANIZATION that does that was subjected to the same remedies AS EVERY OTHER ORGANIZATION. Also many of those organizations VOLUNTARILY closed down instead of complying with law. That was their choice. Just like EVERY OTHER ORGANIZATION makes choices. Why should bigots be able to hide behind religion?

    June 21, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Same sex marriage goes against my morals and personal values. In this land of freedom of religion, does that mean I have the right to impose my morals upon others who have different moral views, such as aetheists? I do not support same sex marriage, but I also do not feel that I have a right to oppose it, prohibiting others from practicing it.

    I also fell that creating a "civil union" for same sex couples creates a "separate but equal" accommodation, which has long been held as unconstitutional. Also, the 14th amendment prohibits states from passing laws restricting the rights of US citizens. In other words, I do not understand why we even need to pass a law to make same sex marriages *legal* in the first place.

    June 21, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    New York is another hopeless Democrat quagmire of lunacy, corruption and failure. The east coast equivalent of the nutty Californians. It's like watching a slow motion train wreck

    June 21, 2011 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Brian

    The rent is too damn high! Also, gay people are cool, let them marry.

    June 21, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Putting the question of same sex marriage on a public referendum is absurd. Referendums are for school budgets, property taxes, term limits, etc. Referendums should not be used as a mechanism for the majority to determine the rights and liberties of a minority.

    June 21, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "noting that adoption agencies were closed after same-sex marriage laws were adopted in other states"

    They didn't go out of business, you can rest assured. They closed voluntarily because almost all adoption business is state funded in one way or another and once the state pulls its head out of the giant bigotry anus in the sky, it can't allow organizations receiving state funding to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. So what do they do when they get told "you can't use these state funds to be bigots anymore"? They pack up and leave and go somewhere that allows them to sow their hate.

    June 21, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    The rent control laws in NYC still leave a lot of room for landlords to jack the rent without notice. For example, if the building requires a major repair (like a boiler repair, new elevator, new roof, new windows) then the landlord can immediately recover those costs against tenant's rent payments. (Never mind that some repairs are tax deductible.)

    I know people who have had their hiked up by these sudden unaannounced, small increases at a ridiculous pace. Every time a floor in the bulding gets new windows. Over the past two decades they have had to buy a new boiler 4 times and buy 3 new roofs. There was a fire in the building, which caused damage to 4 out of some 90 apartments and that raised the rent. These rent control laws are the last wall of defense some tenants have against being abused.

    June 21, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    These rent control laws are the last wall of defense some tenants have against being abused.
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    Yeah right... like Charlie Rangel, aka tax cheat aka Democrat rep.

    I suppose you think it better to let the buidlings decay into slums??? How about getting a grip on the real world some day PLEASE?!!

    June 21, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |