Actress Uma Thurman has recorded a video for the Human Rights Campaign’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality initiative in support of New York becoming the sixth and largest state to approve same-sex marriage.
In the video, Thurman argues that marriage equality is in fact a conservative value and asks that others join the “super-majority” in support of marriage equality. Thurman ends saying, “The time is now. The time is for New York to lead again.”
Wednesday saw lawmakers in New York’s Democratically-controlled Assembly pass Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s program bill to legalize marriage equality by a bipartisan 80-63 vote.
The fate of the bill now rests with the Senate where Republican leaders, who enjoy a slim majority in the upper chamber, continue to “conference” the issue. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Long Island, previously said that he would not block the measure from coming to the floor but has made no formal commitment on this.
With 31 votes already secured, two of which are from Republican legislators James Alesi and Roy McDonald, it is widely thought that if brought to the floor the bill would garner the 32 votes needed for it to pass given that around four other conservative lawmakers are rumored to support the legislation.
Indeed, NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters on Thursday that, having attended a conference meeting where the issue was discussed, he believed there was support enough for the bill to pass should it reach the floor, adding that he had talked to several senators and had received the impression they would vote favorably, specifically mentioning John Flanagan, Mark Grisanti and Andrew Lanza, all of whom have not yet publicly voiced their support for the legislation.
The legislative session ends Monday June 20, though an extension to that session is possible given that other legislative matters have also yet to be resolved.
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