The most recent news indicates we have 31 confirmed “yes” votes in the NY State Senate. (29 Democrats and 2 Republicans.) Only one Democrat is a staunch “no” and 3 Republicans are “undecided.” (1 of those 3 just changed from “no” to “undecided.”)
The Assembly has voted and passed the Bill 3 times in the past. The Senate only allowed it to the floor once and it failed by just a handful of votes. Governor Cuomo has asked the Assembly to hold off bringing the Bill to the floor first, as it has done in the past, until the Senate makes its decision. If it passes in the Senate, the Assembly will follow suit.
For the first time ever, I actually have hope that the marriage Jeffrey and I entered into almost 11 years ago will be finally, legally recognized and we will stop being second class citizens in our state and given all the rights, benefits and protections of our peers. We’ve always know our marriage was just as valid as everyone else’s…it looks like our representatives have finally realized that too.