NY Assembly passes gay marriage bill

The Democratic-led state Assembly has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage, but after a second day of closed-door meetings, the future of the legislation

ALBANY - The Democratic-led state Assembly has passed a bill to legalize gay marriage, but after a second day of closed-door meetings, the future of the legislation still hinges on a critical vote by the state Senate.

One more vote would be needed for same-sex marriage to pass, but two senators, both from upstate, remain undecided.

State Sen. Carl Marcellino (R-Oyster Bay), along with the Island's eight other state senators, say they'll vote no. However, Assemblyman Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) says he believes his chamber's approval of gay marriage means that somewhere America's founding fathers "have smiles on their faces."

If passed, New York will become the sixth state to allow gay marriage and the bill would take effect in 30 days.LI gay-rights advocates await same-sex marriage vote

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