Top Republican: Senators May Take Up Same-Sex Marriage Today

A top Senate Republican said legislators don't want to let a possible vote on same-sex marriage drag into the weekend following days of marathon sessions in Albany.

Deputy Majority leader Thomas Libous said the Senate Republicans could meet behind closed doors later Friday to discuss same-sex marriage but had several other bills to get through first.

Negotiations have been going on since last week when Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, who introduced the bill last Tuesday, said if it were brought to the Senate floor he believed it would pass.

Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos ended the latest session just before 11 p.m. Thursday because he was concerned about his members' health.

The Democrat-led Assembly has already supported the bill.

With the Associated Press