The State of New York is one State Senate vote away from approving marriage equality for same-sex couples.
If it does, it will be a huge event for gay rights. New York is the third largest state in the United States in terms of population, with 19.4 million people. If New York approves this, 35 million citizens of the United States will live in States which have approved same-sex marriage, roughly the same as the number of people who enjoy this right in Canada.
Not only that, but New York City is hugely influential and having this law passed will influence others to do the same.
The New York State Assembly passed the bill last night. They have passed it every year for for years.
The Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo will sign the bill if passed.
That leaves the The New York State Senate which needs to approve the bill. There are 62 State Senators in New York. 31 have indicated they will vote for the bill. 29 Democrat Senators (out of 30), and 2 Republicans (out of 32) support marriage equality. At least two Republicans are undecided.
But before this happens, the Republican head of the Senate has to agree to have it come up for a vote, since they control this chamber. This has yet to be decided, and the Republicans are trying to gain protection for businesses and religious organziations who do not want to allow gay marriages on their property.
The same situation existed last year, and marriage equality was defeated in the State Senate by a wide margin. Hopefully, things will be different in a vote that may come up as soon as this Friday.
If you know a New Yorker, please send them this link and have them contact their State Senator ASAP: