Activists push for legalization of same-sex marriage in NY

BAYPORT - With the end of the legislative session fast approaching, supporters of same-sex marriage are stepping up their efforts to push state officials to legalize the practice in New York.Activists were optimistic that this would be the year New York legalized same-sex marriage because of the strong support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)"One day we're going to look back at this and say, 'We can't believe that at one time it was illegal,'" Cuomo says. A recent News 12 Long Island/Hofstra University poll showed that 61 percent of Long Islanders are in favor of legalizing same-sex marriages, while 32 percent are opposed to it.However, same-sex marriage has been rejected repeatedly in the state Senate, and it's doubtful that things will be different this year. None of Long Island's nine state senators support it."I just believe that marriage is between a man and a woman," says state Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset). Political experts say for many elected officials, this is more than just an issue of faith - it's an issue of political survival. Many Long Island Republicans depend on the endorsement of the Conservative Party, which opposes same-sex marriage.Same-sex marriage has enough support in the state Assembly to pass, but it's unclear if it will be introduced in the state Senate before the end of the session next month.

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