Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of ice cream makers Ben & Jerry’s, have voiced their support for legalizing marriage equality in New York by recording a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality series.
Watch the 30-second video below:
With the end of the legislative session on June 20 fast approaching, it is thought that marriage equality advocates Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a bipartisan coalition of voices are preparing to make their move and introduce or advance legislation to make New York the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage.
While a majority of Democrats are known to support the bill, Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz has been vehemently opposed while three other Democratic senators remain undecided. Republican support will also be needed to pass the conservative-controlled chamber.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a senate Republican spokesperson has revealed that Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who is against the legislation but has said he will not block it from coming to the floor, will discuss the issue with his members at a conference meeting this week.
A recent survey by Gannett’s Albany Bureau suggests that the fate of gay marriage in New York rides on how eight as yet undecided senators vote if and when a measure comes to the floor in the Senate. Support in the House remains steady and no trouble is anticipated in the lower chamber. Read more here.
A Quinnipiac poll released in the last few weeks confirms record support for marriage equality in the state at 58% of respondents favoring marriage equality. Previous polls have also suggested 58% support marriage equality in the state.
For previous coverage of efforts to legalize marriage equality in New York, please click here.
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