Is New York About to Pass Marriage Equality?

In 2009, a bill that would have allowed gay and lesbian New Yorkers to marry failed, but theNew York Times andPost are reporting that the state may finally be ready to pass the bill--and Governor Andrew Cuomo has already promised to sign it. 

 It appears that not just three Democrats who had been wavering on their vote on a marriage equality bill in the New York State Senate are changing their votes to yes. Some Republicans might be joining them.

The Times reports that three Democrats, Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. and Shirley L. Huntley of Queens and Carl Kruger of Brooklyn, will switch their 2009 "no" votes to "yes" this time around. And the Post reports that as many as seven Republicans are considering a "yes" vote as well. 

Phillip Anderson at the Albany Projectwrites: 

I have a feeling it may be different this time though. I just don't think the issue is as much of a winner for the haters as it used to be and the number of Dem "nays" is down to only one, the gay hatin', single issue abomination that is the Rev Ruben Diaz. (By the way, what on earth does Diaz do after this is no longer an issue? Seriously, what will he do with himself then?)

So, my fingers are crossed. I think this is the best shot we've ever had to extend full citizenship rights to all New Yorkers. But, I'm still a realist. If you want this as much as I and millions of others do, hit the phones and let your state senator know how you feel. Now is the time to make your voice heard. 

Timesreporter Nick Confessoreis tweeting updates, and says Cuomo believes the votes are there to make New York the sixth state--and the largest--to open up marriage to same-sex couples. 

And never one to miss the party, former Tennessee Senator Harold Ford has apparently become a "New Yorker for Marriage Equality." 

AlterNet / By Sarah Jaffe

Posted at June 13, 2011, 9:47am