New York State Senate Republicans have still not said whether they will bring a bill legalizing same-sex marriage to a floor vote, The Albany Times Union reports. The New York Assembly passed the bill on Wednesday, setting expectations for the Senate to take it up this week.
29 Democrats in the Senate are committed to the bill, along with two Republicans, bringing the measure just one vote short of the 32 needed for passage. Both Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg were in Albany on Thursday, meeting with Republicans.
“If it is brought up, there will be enough votes to pass it by a comfortable capacity,” Bloomberg told reporters.
Cuomo met with three Republicans, and reportedly discussed adding exemptions to the bill for religious organizations who oppose same-sex marriage and fear legal challenges if the bill is passed.
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