Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New York Assembly Passes Marriage Equality

The New York State Assembly has passed a bill allowing gay couples to marry, 80-63.

The bill now goes to the State Senate, where passage is uncertain.  Currently, 31 state senators - including all but one of the Democrats and two Republicans - have committed to supporting the legislation; 32 are needed to pass the bill.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has pledged to sign the bill if passed, and in fact has been an outspoken advocate and a strong lobbyist for the bill for several weeks now.

The Republican Caucus - which is the party in control of the State Senate - met for four hours today to discuss whether to bring the bill up for a vote: no decision has yet been made, and the caucus will reconvene tomorrow to discuss the matter further.

With a strong majority of New Yorkers supporting marriage equality, it is time for the Empire State to join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Iowa in allowing gay couples to marry.  It is the right thing to do, and I strongly encourage members of the NY Senate to vote for equality when this bill comes to the floor.

If you live in New York, call your state senator and tell him or her to support equal marriage.

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