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Paterson Orders Lawmakers Back for Special Session

Since Governor David Paterson in April announced legislation to legalize same-sex marriage, he has largely kept a low profile on the issue. That appears to have changed. Paterson, say sources, has decided to call lawmakers back for a special-session day on Wednesday. Among the issues on the active list of bills that lawmakers are required to consider is mayoral control; though gay marriage has yet to formally appear on the list, advocates are saying it will — and they're hoping the move will be the trick to getting the bill on the floor for a vote. The problem is that it's unclear — with Republicans and Democrats locked in a stalemate over who controls the chamber that almost turned violent on Thursday — whether the Senate will take up anything, much less gay marriage. Related: Duane's Ultimatum [NYDN]

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