New York moves closer to same-sex marriage

Gov. David Paterson has said he'd sign a same-sex if it's passed by the New York Senate.
The New York State Assembly passed a same-sex marriage bill Tuesday evening, bringing New York one step closer to legalizing such marriages.

The bill, which passed 89-52, will now go on to the state Senate for a vote. If it is passed there, it will go to Gov. David Paterson, who has made it clear he will sign the bill. “I applaud … members of both parties for moving this historic legislation forward,” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement released by the mayor’s office. “I hope New York will soon become the latest state to adopt a law whose time has come.” State Sen. Thomas K. Duane, a Democrat, said in a statement, “I am confident that this year my Senate will uphold this fundamental legal principle and vote for my right, our right, to be married this year.”

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This is the second time New York’s Marriage Equality Legislation has been approved by the State Assembly — it passed in 2007, but subsequently stalled in the then Republican-controlled Senate.