There are now 31 yes votes in the Senate for gay marriage, after GOP Senator Roy McDonald of Saratoga announced late Tuesday afternoon that he'll vote yes. Meanwhile, advocates and opponents of same sex marriage worked the halls of the Capitol Tuesday, as the State Senate stands just two votes shy of passing same sex marriage in New York.
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Advocates pulled in New York Rangers star Sean Avery and actress Cynthia Nixon to lobby for gay marriage. Nixon has been engaged for two years and says she’s tired of waiting to be married in her home state, telling undecided GOP Senators, “it’s OK to change your mind”.
“And I think that’s what we’re starting to see,” Nixon added.
The Reverend Jason McGuire, who lobbies for evangelical Christian churches, says Senate Republicans, if they allow a vote, are walking away from their core values.
“They little by little have been selling out their principles that the party is supposed to stand for,” said McGuire. “And this is the line in in the sand”.
The Senate GOP is now set to conference gay marriage Wednesday.