New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed a bill on Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage in the state.
Cuomo, a long-time advocate of such a bill, proposed a Marriage Equality Act, which would change the state's current Domestic Relations Law to state that "no application for a marriage license shall be denied on the ground that the parties are of the same or a different sex."
The bill, according to this report from the Huffington Post, has strong support from Democrats and from the state House with 67 sponsors. State Sen. Ken LaValle has stated that, though he supports gay civil unions, he believes marriage is between a man and a woman and said he will vote on the gay marriage measure if a bill comes to the floor.
Gay marriage is currently legal in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia.
has a registry for domestic partners, which allows unmarried partners to collect benefits from their partner's companies. Since the registry was approved in 2004, 25 couples are registered with six registering last year and one this year.
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