The Republican Party is celebrating a major victory in New York. What is being called as a political coup has essentially killed an effort to legalize same-sex marriage.
Republicans in the senate blind-sided the majority leader Democratic State Sen. Malcolm Smith. Two dissident Democrats sided with the GOP senators and formed a new majority totaling 32 votes.
Opponents of same-sex marriage believe it is dead -- at least for now in The Empire State. The New York State Assembly had passed a same-sex marriage bill earlier this spring and the state senate was expected to take up the measure next.
But now, with the Republican majority, many observers believe the issue is off the table.
"It looks like it's going to block it at least for this leg of the session," New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms' Jason McGuire told CBN News. "It's just too controversial a topic to bring up at this point."
A new agenda in New York and new hope for opponents of gay marriage, who have watched as five states have legalized it this year. The move in New York for now, appears to have effectively stopped that momentum.