Advocate: New York Assembly Passes Marriage Equality Bill
The New York state assembly passed the marriage equality bill for the fourth, and perhaps the final, time on Wednesday. The measure still awaits consideration by the senate.
Lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled chamber passed the bill by a bipartisan vote of 80 to 63 after four hours of impassioned but largely civil debate that went from the late afternoon into the night. Personal stories and blunt references to politics punctuated a discussion driven by questions about religion and the evolution of marriage as a social institution.