"What we’re about to do is redefine what the American family is. And that’s a good thing."
June 13, 2011 2:22 PM Subscribe
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"This is it.
" This week, the final push is on for marriage equality in New York and it looks like the state is closer than ever
The NY State Senate voted against a marriage equality bill in 2009 despite Sen. Diane Savino's awesome floor speech
, but the political landscape has changed. There are more Democrats in the Senate, public support
for marriage equality is at an all--time high, and Governor Cuomo
and Mayor Bloomberg
have thrown their considerable political weight behind a bill.
Until today, supporters of the bill needed to find six additional yes votes for passage. But morning brought a report
that seven Republican senators have indicated they could support the bill. This afternoon, three Democrats who opposed the 2009 bill announced
that they are switching their vote. (The lone remaining Democrat who will vote no is Ruben Diaz,
whose openly gay granddaughter recently described
her feelings about his stance.)
If a bill is passed New York will be, by a wide margin, the largest state with legal same-sex marriage.