NY Assembly passes same-sex marriage bill

ALBANY - (AP) - The fight for same-sex marriage in New Yorkis moving forward.

New York Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell through sometimes fierydebate ushered in a bipartisan vote Tuesday in the Democrat-ledAssembly that would allow same-sex marriage in New York.

O'Donnell, the gay brother of entertainer Rosie O'Donnell, sayshe's been engaged to his partner for 28 years and wants to givemarriage a shot.

Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, a black man from the Bronx, sayshe objects to comparing gay marriage to racial civil rights. Hesays the measure will put government on a collision course withreligious freedom.

Democratic Assemblyman Dove Hikind of Brooklyn, a Jewish leader,says he has to follow God and God isn't a politician and doesn'tflip-flop on issues.

Now the focus switches to the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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