LI gay-rights advocates await same-sex marriage vote

Long Island gay-rights advocates say they are anxiously awaiting a potentially historic vote in the state Senate that could finally change their lives. Lee Nissensohn

EAST HILLS - Long Island gay-rights advocates say they are anxiously awaiting a potentially historic vote in the state Senate that could finally change their lives.

Lee Nissensohn and Dan Pinello, of East Hills, have been in a relationship for nearly two decades and attempted to get a marriage license at Oyster Bay Town Hall in 2008. But as News 12 Long Island has reported, they were denied and instead traveled to San Francisco where they were legally allowed to wed.

The couple says that despite being allowed to marry in California, they have never stopped fighting for that right in their home state. The Marriage Equality Act has already been approved by the Democratic-led state Assembly.

In light of a possible vote tomorrow, Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) will also be celebrating equality with a special prom tonight for more than 150 young people.

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