Cuomo Calls for Expedited Marriage-Equality Vote

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Governor Cuomo just sent what’s called a “message of necessity” to the State Assembly, which will allow it to bypass standard bill timetables and vote on gay marriage as soon as today. The Assembly, of course, isn’t the problem; it has repeatedly voted in favor of legalization. The game here is to keep the momentum rolling: Cuomo is trying to get the final few Senate Republicans to join what he’s trying to paint as the inevitable winning team. He is also trying to shorten the time the anti-marriage forces have to threaten wavering legislators. The Assembly isn’t required to vote any sooner, however, and there’s no sign yet of Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos allowing a Senate vote.

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