Albany, NY - Gov. Paterson Pushes Again For NY Gay Marriage Vote
Albany, NY - Gov. David Paterson said the way was now clear for a state Senate vote on legalizing same-sex marriage in New York.
Some key legislators have tied the long awaited vote to passing a deficit reduction plan. That’s now expected to be done this week.
While the bill was passed months ago by the Assembly and has the governor’s backing, its prospects in the Senate remain uncertain.
Paterson said Tuesday he was confident it will pass, but he wants a debate and vote in any case to advance the cause.
Opponents like Democratic Sen. Ruben Diaz say they remain ready to fight the measure and don’t think a vote is imminent.
Democrats have a 32-30 majority in the Senate. But about a half-dozen Democrats oppose the bill. So Republican votes would be needed to reach the 32 required for approval.
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