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Posted: May 26, 2011
NY State Senator Golden on opposition to same-sex marriage 5/24/11
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The clock is ticking on a vote for one of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top legislative priorities: the legalization of same-sex marriage.

Governor Cuomo’s commitment to passing the controversial bill seemed to waver of late. Last week, he announced that he would not bring a bill to the Senate floor if it did not have the votes to pass. You’ll recall that when the measure came up for a vote in 2009, no Senate Republican voted in support of the bill and the legislation was defeated. But just yesterday, in another high-profile push for same-sex marriage, Governor Cuomo released a video urging New Yorker’s to contact their legislators. He said the issue “is a matter of fairness and equality” and “not a question of religion or culture, but a question of legal rights and government policy.”

And the state’s gridlock over wedlock has rallied the measure’s supporters and opponents. On Tuesday, the New Yorker’s Family Research Foundation held a rally in defense of traditional marriage on the steps of the state capitol. There were many familiar faces in the crowd, including State Senator Martin Golden of Brooklyn, who spoke by phone with our Matt McClure.

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