Gay marriage in NY now up to GOP Senate

By MICHAEL GORMLEY | June 16, 2011 | 2:39 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The future of gay marriage in New York is now in the hands of the Republican Senate, under intense pressure from its allied Conservative Party.

The Democrat-led Assembly easily passed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bill Wednesday night 80-63 to legalize same-sex marriage. National advocates descending on Albany hope the Senate's approval will reinvigorate the nationwide effort.

A similar bill was defeated in 2009 in a vote led by Republican senators. But the unofficial tally now appears to show a tie in the 62-seat chamber, with at least two Republicans still undecided.

The Senate's Republican majority is scheduled for a second day of closed-door meetings on Thursday. The majority could then release the bill to a floor vote as early as Thursday afternoon.