NY: O’Donnell Now Has 65 Sponsors for Marriage Equality Bill in Assembly

Written by scott on June 10th, 2011

Daniel O'DonnellWith six working days left in the New York State legislative session, Assembly member Daniel O’Donnell has secured more sponsors than ever for his marriage equality bill, but he is still waiting for a signal from the Senate.

“We have collected a number of sponsors,” said O’Donnell. “More than we ever have in the past, more than I ever thought was possible. We are still awaiting a governor’s program bill. If he submits one, we will be able to submit those sponsors on to his bill. If not, then they will be sponsors on my bill. I am cautiously optimistic.”

According to O’Donnell, who spoke with The Advocate Tuesday, so far this year he has secured 65 sponsors for the bill, or roughly 25% more sponsors than two years ago, when the bill passed the Assembly in a bipartisan 89-52 vote before failing in the Senate. New sponsors include Assembly member Joel Miller, which brings the total number of Republican sponsors to three, or one more than in 2009. The other Republican sponsors are Janet Duprey and Teresa Sayward.

Full Story from The Advocate

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