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All eyes on the New York State Senate

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Tonight, at 6 PM ET, we'll be hosting a live chat with NY Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell. He sponsored the marriage bill in the Assembly, which passed last night. We'll get the latest intel from one of the key players.

Meanwhile, GOP State Senators will be meeting again today to decide what to do on marriage. They better bring the bill to the floor. We only need one more GOP vote.

From today's NY Times, the GOP Senators are "anguished":

Anguished Senate Republicans held a four-hour meeting on Wednesday at which they were unable to decide even whether they would bring same-sex marriage to a vote, stalling a last-minute drive by supporters of the legislation.

The long-debated marriage measure, which has overshadowed all other issues in the final days of this legislative session, remained one vote shy of the number they needed for passage in the Republican-controlled Senate. The Democratic-controlled Assembly approved the legislation late Wednesday, by a vote of 80 to 63, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is a strong supporter.

Dean G. Skelos, the Senate majority leader, emerged from his caucus’s meeting on Wednesday afternoon to say that Republicans had not decided how to proceed on the marriage bill, but would continue discussions on Thursday.
The NY Post reports of the "new pressure" on the GOPers:
Divided Senate Republicans came under new pressure to vote on gay marriage yesterday after Democrats unexpectedly pushed the measure through the state Assembly, bringing it one step closer to becoming law.
The GOPers are under pressure -- it's not just political pressure, but the pressure of history and justice. Two GOPers, James Alesi and Roy McDonald, have risen to the occasion. Will one more?

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