State Assembly passes gay marriage bill
The New York Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage, but critics say it doesn?t have a chance of getting the state Senate?s approval.
A gay marriage bill passed the Democratically controlled Assembly in 2007, but failed to pass the Republican majority Senate. Democrats now hold a two-vote majority, but the bill?s passage is anything but certain.
Long Island?s seven Republican senators oppose gay marriage and the two Democrats are split. State Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington) supports it while state Sen. Brian Foley (D-Brookhaven) says he wants to "carefully review the bill."
In the Assembly, Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead) opposed the bill. All of Long Island?s Republican members except for Fred Thiele (R-Sag Harbor) oppose gay marriage. Thiele voted against the 2007 bill though.
"I was never comfortable with that vote,? Thiele tells News 12 Long Island. ?I think the gay marriage bill is ultimately one of fundamental fairness and providing equal rights and so many rights that come with marriage."
Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says he won't bring the bill to the floor unless he's convinced it will pass.