According to the Advocate, New York state senate majority leader Dean Skelos has announced that the marriage equality bill will go to the floor for a vote tonight.
It’s been days and days of debate, mostly on the side of the Republicans, and tonight the full Senate will vote on the bill. Finally.
Currently, 29 Democrats and 2 Republicans publicly support the marriage equality bill in the senate. The bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled assembly last week, needs one more vote to pass the senate, and that vote must come from a Republican.
The statement from Skelos did not indicate whether another Republican supports the bill, although at least three remain publicly identified as undecided. He announced the vote shortly after legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo reached agreement on an amendment for religious exemptions in the bill.