ALBANY - State Senate Republicans met for nearly four hours behind closed doors today to try to decide whether to allow a vote on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) "Marriage Equality Act," which would legalize same-sex marriage.

At the conclusion of the conference, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said the issue has not yet been resolved.

"I'll support the decision of the conference once it's made, but we will continue conferencing the issue tomorrow," he said.

Gay-rights supporters who came to Albany didn't get the news they hoped for, but many, including Long Islander Jeff Friedman, say they're still optimistic same-sex marriage will become law in New York.

If Long Island's nine state senators, all of whom are Republicans, vote against legalizing same-sex marriage, they could face the wrath of gay-rights advocates who have become a powerful lobby. However, if they vote for it, they could lose the endorsement of the formidable Conservative Party.

A final vote on the bill is expected by Friday.

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