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NY Gov. Paterson Will Supports Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Gov. David A. Paterson on Thursday will announce plans to introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, according to people with knowledge of the governor’s plans.

Mr. Paterson’s move, which he first signaled last week after Vermont became the fourth state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, reflects the governor’s desire to press the issue with lawmakers in Albany as other states move ahead with efforts to grant more civil rights to homosexuals.

The action in Vermont, where state legislators overrode Gov. Jim Douglas’s veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, came less than a week after the Iowa Supreme Court granted same-sex couples the right to marry.

Mr. Paterson has said in recent days that the State Legislature should move ahead now with the legislation regardless of whether it can muster enough votes. His reasoning, which some gay rights advocates have challenged, is that New York should make a statement that it is committed to treating same-sex couples the same way it treats opposite-sex couples.

The announcement will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Mr. Paterson’s office in Midtown Manhattan, said people who were briefed on the governor’s plans but who asked not to be identified because they did not want to upstage the governor.

The fact that Mr. Paterson NEW YORK TIMES is introducing a bill does not, however, mean that action in the Legislature is imminent. It could take months — even longer — before the bill makes its way through the appropriate committees and onto the floor of the Senate and the Assembly.

“This is not a guarantee of anything,” said Assemblyman Micah Z. Kellner, a Democrat from the Upper East Side who noted that it took two months for legislation legalizing same-sex marriage to get through the Assembly in 2007 before it ultimately stalled. The Senate never acted on the bill.

The legislation is likely to have an especially bumpy ride in the Senate, where more lawmakers oppose same-sex marriage than support it. Gay rights advocates are now actively seeking more senators, both Democrats and Republicans, to vote for the bill.

While Mr. Paterson has said he would like to see lawmakers “fight it out” and debate the bill on the floor of both houses even if it fails, Albany tradition dictates that the bill is likely to come to a vote only when it has enough support to pass. Senator Thomas K. Duane, a Democrat and the bill’s chief supporter in the Senate, has said he opposes the governor’s notion of fast-tracking it. And the Senate majority leader, Malcolm A. Smith, has said he would bring the bill to the floor when it has enough support.

The same-sex bill Mr. Paterson plans to introduce is the same piece of legislation that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer introduced in 2007, said Assemblyman Daniel J. O’Donnell. The Assembly passed it by 24 votes, 85 to 61, a wider margin than expected.

Mr. O’Donnell said there was some discussion among lawmakers, gay rights lobbyists and the governor’s office about whether the legislation should include any new language that would, for example, allow city clerks to refuse to marry same-sex couples. But Mr. O’Donnell said that the decision was made to leave the bill as is.

“Whether or not the bill should be amended is a political question,” he said, “but it is a political question that would take more time than it’s worth to resolve. So we decided to leave it.”


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  • Oh, let 'em marry already....

    Why should only heterosexuals be allowed to live in a miserable, loveless marriage, go through messy divorces, and end up in bitter custody fights that scar the (adopted)kids for life???

    Equality, I say!!
    Equality!!!!

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    • I appreciate the humor but for the record, straights can't marry the same sex either, so technically there is no discrimination. Besides, marriage isn't a right, it's a privilege.
      And to encourage what is most likely a mental problem is not good either; they need treatment, not affirmation.

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    • I dunno, man...
      You can frame it as a "mental problem" but the gays I've known are no more or less crazy than anyone else.
      I've met couple guys that I'm pretty sure are gay just 'cause they were molested at very young ages and a dozen or so that were raised in loving, straight, perfectly normal households and can still somehow, someway, look at another guys hairy a**h*** and get turned on.
      (shudder)
      Think about it man...
      That HAS to be hardwired into the brain..
      What could POSSIBLY con More..

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  • This clown is already fading fast and will lose to the GOP next election. If it were held today he'd lose. Just wait for the gut beatin' libs come 2010 Senate elections. Pass the lube....

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  • Paterson will be gone soon and we will be laughing at him.

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  • Bet he didnt see that coming.

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  • what a ignorant,,as,,shit X-gov spitzer,,you him,,the guy who must have had a lot of shiit agiaigst many politicians,,so said criminal was given a get out of jail card,,getting back to ole cross eyed basted Governor.
    He is out of his mind not so much for this decision,,hell I could give a fuk who marries who,,he's been the bain of NY.

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  • Philandering Patterson will be easy pickings for the right republican candidate. Will it be Giuliani or Peter King?

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  • The reprobates in the party of death are at it again

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  • This doushbag will do anything to up his ratings!! And what's this sh!t about Spitzer wanting to run for Attorney General of NY again??!!?? whatdafuk does he think he is, Marion Barry???

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  • Homophobia is a social disease. The more homophobic you are the more gay tendencies you have.

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    • Calling someone 'Homophobic' is a bit of a straw dog argument. For one, I don't think anyone is afraid of fags, I think most people are offended by someone who wants to shove their deviant lifestyle down everyone's throats.

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  • so ?

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  • stupid cock sucker

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  • He looks so excited about devious sex that it has caused him to look CrossEyed!

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  • Religious Marriage and State Marriage need to be divided. Seperation of Church and State people.

    The state cannot make churches marry homosexuals and the churches cannot make the state not marry them.

    Why do you keep arguing over it?

    Homosexuals should get the same FINANCIAL equality that heterosexuals currently have. Why not? what is your non-religious biased argument against it?

    You cannot call it unnatural or deviant, because homosexuality is demonstrated throughout the animal kingdom.

    A More..

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  • Man.. some live-leakers should go read History of Sexuality by Foucault (if they have the attention span or vocabulary to do so) then come back with a real opinion and not derived from Teddy Haggard pre-outage.

    1 point for civil liberties and freedom in a supposed freedom loving country.

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  • paterson can't even see. when he deals with sex, it's always "scratch and sniff". what the hell does he know about gay marriage?

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  • it seems civilization is going downhill

    I sometimes wonder if the muslim extremist are right and we in the West have become faggots.

    Jesus Christ, at least back in Ukraine we still shoot or fags in the head

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