NY State Assembly passes marriage equality bill

As Maya reported earlier, it looked on Monday as though New York State would vote on marriage equality some time this week – and lo and behold, last night the state Assembly voted in favour of marriage equality! The bill passed 80 votes to 63, and now it moves to the Senate, where we need just one more Senator to vote for it. The Advocate reported last night:

The decisive vote must come from a Republican senator, where since Monday, when three undecided Democrats from New York City who voted against the bill in 2009 – Joseph Addabbo, Shirley Huntley and Carl Kruger – announced their support, all Democrats except the avowedly antigay Ruben Diaz Sr. plan to vote for the bill. While one vote would clinch passage, it is possible that at least two Republicans or more would commit to a yes vote in order to provide political cover and prevent any one member from being targeted by marriage equality opponents.

It looks like the Senate vote will happen tomorrow, and if it passes, New York will be the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. Let’s fucking do this thing.

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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