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Cuomo "cautiously optimistic" gay marriage will come to a vote

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After days of delay as Republican senators met behind closed doors, Governor Cuomo said he's "cautiously optimistic" that a same-sex marriage bill will be voted on the floor of the State Senate before legislators wrap up their session later this week. Karen DeWitt has more:

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Karen DeWitt
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Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders earlier in the day announced a framework deal that includes renewal of New York City’s rent laws and a 2% property tax cap, but the accord did not contain a promise from Senate Republicans that they would vote on Cuomo’s bill to legalize same sex marriage.

The governor predicts the bill will come to the floor before the session ends.

“I believe it will be brought for a vote. I believe it should be brought for a vote,” Cuomo said. “I’m cautiously optimistic that when it comes for a vote that it’s going to pass.”

Senate Leader Dean Skelos said his members are still trying to work out amendments to the bill that would offer greater protections for religious groups who are opposed to same sex marriage. Senators say they could have a final discussion on that as early as Wednesday.

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