Supporters congratulate Gov. David Paterson after he announces introduction of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. The Assembly, controlled by Democrats, passed such a bill in 2007; it died in the Senate. Now Democrats hold the Senate too, but the majority leader doubts it will pass.

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NEW YORK - New York Governor David Paterson hugs openly gay speaker of the New York City Council Chrstine Quinn as Mayor Mike Bloomberg looks on after announcing his intention to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York April 16, 2009 in New York City. Paterson, whose approval... Chris Hondros/Getty Images