Marriage equality gains momentum in New York

The New York Times reports:

Three wavering Democratic lawmakers in the State Senate on Monday announced that they now support the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, marking a potential turning point for the long-debated measure.

The three senators — Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. and Shirley L. Huntley of Queens and Carl Kruger of Brooklyn — all voted against the measure in 2009, when it failed by a wide margin. Their switch to the yes column leaves all but one Senate Democrat supporting same-sex marriage — and the fate of the legislation in the hands of the Republican majority in the chamber.

“I believe that votes will be there for marriage equality if the vote happens,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a first-term Democrat who has made same-sex marriage a top priority, told reporters at the Capitol Monday afternoon.

Lawmakers will not doubt be chagrined to know that Archbishop Peter Jensen, darling of the Anglican Church in North America, believes they are opening the door to polygamy and incest. Or, perhaps they are serious people and will therefore be unconcerned.

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