NY gov lobbying senators in gay marriage fight

June 17, 2011 - 3:11 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo is lobbying individual senators in a quest to secure what appears to be one more vote needed to legalize gay marriage in New York and deliver a major win for the national effort.

The Democrat plans to meet with more senators on Friday, the day Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos predicted his house would bring the bill to a floor vote.

The meetings come as talks drag on with no resolution in sight. Some advocates thought a gay marriage law could be enacted as early as Tuesday.

Senate Democrat leader John Sampson has accused the Republican majority of being more concerned with protecting its majority power and its conservative voter base than approving what he says is a civil right supported by a majority of New Yorkers.