Rallies Grow as NY Senate Weighs Gay Marriage Vote

By Staff | June 20, 2011 | 11:14 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Hundreds of raucous demonstrators on both sides of the divisive gay-marriage debate are jamming the halls of New York's Capitol as Senate Republicans consider whether to vote on the issue.

New York's vote is seen as pivotal in the national question over same-sex marriage.

Groups led by clergy opposed to same-sex marriage are singing hymns such as "Victory is Mine" and praying in small circles.

Pro-marriage advocates are countering with "God Bless America" and lining the halls and parlor outside of the Senate chamber.

Senate Republicans, who control the chamber, were to meet behind closed doors Monday. They could call for a floor vote Monday, or it could still be a day or two away.

The Assembly has already passed it. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will sign it.