New York State one vote away from gay marriage

Thu. June 16, 2011 8:58 PM by News Staff

Albany, NY - New York State is just one vote away from approving gay marriage.

A bill championed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has passed the Assembly and is now just one vote short of Senate approval.

The New York Times said that Sen. Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie) might be the swing vote.

He is a ten-term lawmaker and has voted against gay marriage in the past.

But, the New York Times said, he had met with Cuomo and was on the fence this time around.

Saland is worried about whether religious institutions will be forced to allow gay marriage.

The bill does prohibit religious institutions from being forced to host or solemnize gay marriages.

Some opponents want the language to be even stronger.

The vote in the State Senate could happen on Friday.