ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he doesn’t want to bring a bill to legalize gay marriage to a floor debate and vote in the state Senate unless he’s certain there are enough votes to pass it.
Private negotiations continue with lawmakers in the Republican-led Senate, where the measure failed in 2009.
Cuomo says Wednesday he expects the measure to again pass in the Democrat-led Assembly, where it’s been approved in two previous years.
The bill failed in the Senate in 2009, despite a Democratic majority at the time.
Cuomo is leading an effort by advocates of gay rights to win legalization in New York.
They are opposed by clergy and conservatives who say they’re fighting to protect traditional marriage.
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