New York lawmakers to vote on gay marriage within hours | Reuters
First, hats off to Dean Skelos who is himself opposed to SSM, but is allowing it to come to a vote.ALBANY, New York | Fri Jun 24, 2011 7:11pm EDT
(Reuters) - New York state senators will vote on whether to become the sixth U.S. state to allow gay marriage later on Friday or in the early hours of Saturday, Republican senators said.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and Republican Senator George Maziarz both said a marriage equality bill would be voted on by the Senate.
New York could become the sixth and most populous state to allow gay marriage if bill introduced by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo is approved by the Senate. Only one more Republican senator needs to support the bill for it to pass.
It's not a done deal, but the odds are good this will pass today. What makes it important is that NY does not have a residency requirement to get married. This would allow people from across the country to travel to NY to get married. I am cautiously optimistic that this could pass. They need 1 more vote, with 3 undecideds.