NY senator says he has the vote to pass gay marriage bill

Posted on 02 Jun 2009 at 11:42am

New York state Sen. Tom Duane, a Democrat from Manhattan, on Monday said he has assurances from more than the 32 senators needed that they will vote for a bill to legalize marriage in that state, and Duane has predicted that the vote will come before the end of the month, according to the New York Daily News.

Duane wouldn’t say who those senators were, but he did say they included some Republicans.

Senate Majority leader Malcolm Smith, a Democrat from Queens, and gay rights advocates with Empire State Pride would say only the effort to enact same-sex marriage in New York is gaining momentum.

The measure easily passed the state Assembly last month, and Gov. David Paterson not only supports marriage equality but was the one who got the issue brought up in this legislative session.

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