State Lawmakers Reach Framework Agreement, Same-Sex Marriage Left For Another Day

June 21, 2011 Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

June 21, 2011 Updated Jun 21, 2011 at 5:21 PM EDT

ALBANY, NY (WKBW) - Legislative leaders emerged from a close-door meeting Tuesday, claiming to have a framework agreement on the issues of a property tax cap, mandate relief for local governments, and allowing SUNY to raise tuition.

Noticeably absent from the agreement, is the issue of same-sex marriage.

"We have not finalized the language in terms of religious protections," said Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

The recently amended bill will undergo more changes, that Democratic leaders say they are willing discuss. It is still unclear, however, when, or even if the bill will come to the floor for a vote this session.

Some sources in Albany have told Eyewitness News that there have been discussions of the putting the issue of same-sex marriage to a public vote, but that those discussions never gained much traction.

New York State's constitution currently does not allow for an Initiative by Referendum like some other states.

State lawmakers could vote on the other issues as soon as Tuesday evening. The question remains though, will this pave the way for an eventual vote on same-sex marriage, or will lawmakers head home, leaving the controversial legislation for another time?