NY Senate Republicans still undecided on allowing vote on marriage equality bill


With the legislative clock ticking down to its final hours, Republicans in control of the State Senate still have not decided whether to allow a vote on same-sex marriage, The New York Times is reporting.

A vast majority of the 32 Senate Republicans oppose same-sex marriage. But at least a couple of them support the measure, and the Republican caucus is under enormous pressure from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York and gay-rights groups to permit a vote on the issue.

Many lawmakers and staff members have said publicly and privately that they believe the issue would probably pass the 62-member Senate if it were put to a vote. There are already 31 declared votes in favor of same-sex marriage — 29 of the 30 Democrats, and two of the Republicans — and several Republicans have acknowledged they are undecided.

Full story: The New York Times.

Cuomo said Tuesday that he believes there will be a vote in the Senate and is “cautiously optimistic” it will pass.

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