The tail that wags the GOP dog now wants no vote on gay marriage. Sensing he can live to fight another day, Conservative Chairman Mike Long now is telling his flock he doesn't want the bill to come to the floor. Perhaps he feels if it did it would narrowly pass and no vote would allow him to regroup...plus its doubtful anyone wants the issue raised in the 2012 session.
Mr. Long is powerful man who is feared by Republicans who feel they need Line C to get elected. With the marriage bill deadlocked at 31-31, Republicans can still block it being voted on and in the rush to get business done and go back home, Mr. Long surely hopes lawmakers have lost their appetite for more controversy and will just punt on this one.
UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos was said to be waffling this AM on whether there will be a vote, perhaps reflecting Long's pressure on the caucus.
Long No Longer Wants A Same-Sex Marriage Vote