The fight for same sex marriage equality in New York has come down to one day, and one vote. Monday is the last day in Albany's legislative session before summer recess, and Governor Andrew Cuomo is pressuring lawmakers to pass the bill legalizing same-sex marriage before their break.
New York State's same-sex marriage measure has already passed the Assembly, but has to win the Senate.
Thirty-one Senators, including two Republicans, have already voted in favor of the bill.
Just one, Sen. Andrew Lanza of Staten Island, is undecided. He'd voted against same-sex marriage equality in 2009 and cites religious concerns as reason for his current ambivalence.
Previously, religious leaders had expressed fears that they would be forced to marry gay couples if the bill were to become law. The bill's current version makes it clear they wouldn't have to.
If it were to pass, this bill would be the sixth and most populous - state in the country, to legalize same-sex marriage.
Throngs of same-sex marriage supporters turned out in Union Square Sunday, waving rainbow flags and crying out demands for equal rights.
Meantime, New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan spoke about the issue during mass on Father's Day underscoring the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage, saying the union is reserved for a man and a woman.
Five states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C., currently allow gay marriage. Four states allow civil unions, while gay marriage is banned in 39 states.
According to a 2007 New York City Comptroller's report if same-sex couples are allowed to marry legally in New York State, those celebrations could bring in revenues of $182 million to the state and $142 million to the city.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times