New York, NY –
Governor Paterson introduced legislation today that would make New York the fifth state to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry. The bill is the same one introduced by former governor Eliot Spitzer in 2007, where it passed in the Assembly...but died in the Senate, where majority Republicans never brought it up for a vote. Now, Democrats are in the majority. But there's still uncertainty about its passage. Senator Tom Duane was the sponsor of the bill in 2007, and is once again sponsoring it in this latest effort.