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June 24, 2011

NY's Senate to take up gay marriage bill, finally

ALBANY — New York's Senate, which holds the key to legalizing gay marriage in the state, plans to finally take up the issue after nearly a week of delays and constant, sometimes eardrum-rattling protests outside the chamber.

The Senate's Republican majority is scheduled to meet behind closed doors at 10 a.m. then go into open session.

But a backlog of other more ordinary yet important bills for New Yorkers must be dealt with first. Printing the massive bills wasn't expected to be done until after Friday morning.

Once those bills are passed, the Senate Republicans could start what would likely be a lengthy debate over the gay marriage bill in a closed-door caucus. They could then send the bill to the floor, or kill it.

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