New York Assembly Moves Gay Marriage Legislation

05.13.09 | FL News Team

A bill that would legalize gay marriage in the state of New York is on the move. It passed the state Assembly Tuesday by a wider margin than a similar bill passed two years ago. It is not yet known how the bill will fare in the New York Senate, where Democrats hold a slight majority. Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith has said the matter will not be brought to a floor vote until he knows for sure the votes are there for passage.

The leader of the Assembly, Speaker Sheldon Silver said, "New Yorkers should have the right to marry who they chose. Partners unable to enter into a civil marriage, and their children, lack basic legal protections taken for granted by married couples." However, Jason Mgwire -- a Christian lobbyist with New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms -- said he is opposed to the bill:

The legislation was introduced last month by Governor David Paterson. Should the bill become law in New York that would raise to at least five states that have gay marriage recognition laws.