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Cuomo: I'm cautiously optimistic that there are going to be enough votes there.

Same sex couples to converge on Albany to witness marriage vote

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Gay couples are planning to converge on Albany to witness what would be a historic vote to legalize gay marriage in New York.

A bill to legalize gay marriage wasn't considered Wednesday night. A spokesman for the Senate said a slew of more mundane but critical bills pushed consideration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's same-sex marriage bill to today at the earliest. Karen DeWitt reports.

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Senate Republicans plan to meet privately today to discuss whether to send the measure to the floor.

An unofficial tally shows the bill may be just one vote shy of passage, if it gets to the full Senate.

Governor Cuomo says he continues to be hopeful that the Senate will bring up the same sex marriage bill, and that it will pass.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that there are going to be enough votes there,” said Cuomo. “There’s only one way to find out, when they call the vote.”

Republicans want stronger legal protections for religious organizations that object to same-sex marriage. In other places around the country that allow gay marriage or civil unions, some Catholic adoption agencies shut down. At least one religious organization lost its tax-exempt status over the issue.

The governor says he is still discussing amendments with the Senate GOP to guarantee more protections for religious groups, and the two sides have “gone back and forth” over specific language.

The Democrat-led Assembly has already passed the bill and is open to amendments from the Senate.

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