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New York assembly passes bill to legalize gay marriages

June 16, 2011 - New York

The New York Assembly has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage 80-63. The bill will now head to the Senate

According to the New York Daily News, the measure is the lowest margin in the four times it has been approved by the Assembly since 2007.

"It feels different this time because I'm very hopeful it will pass the Senate and become law this year," said Assembly bill sponsor Daniel O'Donnell (D-Manhattan), one of a handful of gay state lawmakers.

The fate of the bill is still Up in the Air in the Republican-controlled Senate, where 31 senators are on record as supporting it - one shy of the 32 votes needed for its passing into law.

Senate Republicans discussed the issue behind closed doors for four hours Wednesday. Saying they were unable to decide how to proceed, they are scheduled to continue the talks today.


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