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Legislative Leaders of Both Parties see Marriage Vote Coming in NY

Last week I returned to my home state to meet with Senate Majority Conference Leader John Sampson and three of his colleagues.  During the friendly and substantive meeting, we discussed the upcoming state Senate elections and how they will affect prospects for a successful vote on a marriage equality bill next year. That same week, Dean Skelos, Minority Leader in the state Senate, spoke to the Log Cabin Republicans and stated that he supported taking a vote on the marriage bill should his party wrest control from the Democrats this year. Regardless of how many marriage equality seats are won or lost, and how that will affect the chances of passage, everyone agrees that a marriage bill will only be signed into law if Andrew Cuomo, a solid supporter of marriage equality defeats anti-gay Carl Paladino in the race for Governor. Paladino, who recently said that he didn’t want children “brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option,” was universally derided for such comments. He has since then fallen far behind Cuomo, despite backtracking from his original remarks. Visit our NY for Marriage website to learn more about the effort to pass marriage equality in the Empire State. P.S.  Musical Artist Moby recently joined other prominent New Yorkers as the latest voice for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.  Watch his video here and keep checking back in the coming weeks as we continue to partner with these New Yorkers to let lawmakers in the state know that NY supports marriage equality.

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