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NY legislature Dems in turmoil over marriage equality bill

Governor Eliot Spitzer recently kept his pledge to push for marriage equality, and now the Democrats in the state legislature are taking side in the battle over the bill. (NY Post):

Many insiders predict a significant number of the Assembly Democrats – and possibly a majority – will oppose the measure, led by conservative-oriented upstate and suburban lawmakers and a large number of African-Americans and Hispanics, many of whose constituents strongly oppose gay marriage.

One set of recently conducted Assembly polls found opposition to gay marriage outside of Manhattan running as high as 90 percent, depending on the Assembly district.

The Republican-controlled Senate has vowed to kill the gay-marriage proposal, no matter what action the Assembly takes.

Note this from Hillary’s corner:

Clinton’s presidential campaign “won’t be helped at all if she’s running around the country having to answer questions about Spitzer’s proposal,” said a Democratic official close to the former first lady.

Isn’t it just too damn bad that a presidential candidate would have to answer questions about marriage equality in her “home” state when she opposes opening marriage to gays and lesbians.

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