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NYC Mayor Bloomberg lobbies for gay marriage in Albany

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New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg was the latest to lobby Republicans in the State Senate to pass a bill to legalize gay marriage. Bloomberg and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn were at the Capitol Tuesday. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more:

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Karen DeWitt
NYS Capitol Correspondent

Bloomberg says he told GOP Senators who have been leaning against voting for same sex marriage that they will be on the wrong side of history, in the end, if they do not change their minds and vote yes this session.

“The longer the Senate obstructs marriage equality, the higher the price they will pay, not only in the history books, but at the polls,” said Bloomberg.

The Mayor also appeared to differ with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s strategy. Cuomo says he won’t introduce a bill until he knows he has the votes in the Senate, Bloomberg says an “up or down” vote would put Senators on the record.

“The public has a right to know where their legislators stand,” said Bloomberg, who said private “pronouncements” or “off the record" commitments aren’t “appropriate”.

The billionaire mayor promises to back for reelection any Republican Senator who votes to approve gay marriage.

 

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