Tomorrow the State Assembly in New York will vote on marriage equality legislation (A7732). The bill is expected to pass easily in New York’s state Assembly.
It will then go on to the State Senate; this in itself represents a victory because in 2007 the Republicans who then controlled the Senate refused to take up the bill.
The New York Times ran this article in yesterday’s newspaper:
The measure is expected to easily pass the State Assembly, which approved a similar bill in 2007 and has scheduled its vote for Tuesday.
That means the fate of the legislation will most likely be decided in the closely divided 62-member State Senate.
There, proponents believe they have about two dozen; of the 32 votes needed for approval, including those of 19 Democrats who have signed on as sponsors of the measure.
Four of the Senate’s 32 Democrats have said they will vote against the legislation, and so far not a single Republican has publicly committed to supporting it.
Faced with these odds, gay rights groups like the Empire State Pride Agenda, the Log Cabin Republicans and the Human Rights Campaign have undertaken a highly methodical and personal campaign focusing on those senators from the North Country to Long Island who they believe may be open to backing the bill.
You may also help by visiting the Human Rights Organization website at action page at www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/nyassemblymarriage
If you are a resident of New York State please write or telephone your elected representatives and ask them to support marriage equality. It will be a hard battle, but we have a real chance to make a huge difference.
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