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Legislators Say 2011 Gay Marriage Campaign Has Been A Very Different Ride From 2009

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

For state Senator Tom Duane of Manhattan, who steered efforts in 2009 to get same-sex marriage passed in New York only to see the measure doomed, it’s almost too good to be true how close New York State is to getting gay marriage legalized this week. 

“I have post-traumatic trust disorder,” said Duane with a smile.

But Duane said the same-sex marriage campaign in 2011 has been different from the 2009 efforts for several reasons. He’s out of the spotlight this time around, and in his place is a governor whom Democratic senators and gay rights activists say has the clout and likability to get the votes to pass the bill. Duane said Andrew Cuomo has been able to connect with individual senators in a way that his predecessor, David Paterson, never could.

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Senator Arrested in HIV/AIDS Bill Protest

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

State Senator Tom Duane and the heads of several AIDS organizations around the city blocked a stretch of Broadway near City Hall Tuesday afternoon, holding up traffic for just over 10 minutes, before being arrested by police waiting nearby.

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Liz Benjamin and Rick Karlin Discuss the Failed Gay Marriage Bill

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The state Senate has voted down a landmark bill that would've legalized gay marriage. Liz Benjamin of the New York Daily News and Rick Karlin of the Albany Times Union discuss with WNYC's Amy Eddings what it means that eight Democrats voted against the bill. Karlin ...

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State Senate Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The New York State Senate, by a count of 38-24, has voted down a landmark bill that would have made New York the sixth state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.

The floor debate and vote came after months of delays and behind-the-scenes arm-twisting of Senators who were ...

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