New York is One Step Closer to Legalizing Gay Marriage

June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 6:27 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By By Jaclyn Asztalos

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June 16, 2011 Updated Jun 16, 2011 at 6:27 AM EDT

New York is one step closer to making gay marriage legal but the fight is not over.

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- The "Marriage Equality Act" passed in the assembly 80 to 63 but the bill still has an uncertain future as it heads to the senate.

In the passed week, five senators have changed their position to now support the bill. The swing vote lies in the decision of Senator Mark Grisanti of Buffalo. He has recently moved from a "no" vote to being uncertain about the issue.

Grisanti, along with other Senators, are on the fence after a closed-door meeting they had with Republicans earlier in the week.

Many New Yorkers have mixed opinions about the heated debate.

President of OUTspoken For Equality Kittly Lambert delivered hundreds of letters to Senator Grisanti's office in hopes of securing his vote in support of the bill.

"This will be a moment that I will be proud to be a New York and proud of my legislators who voted yes on this," Lambert said.

The senate could vote on the bill as early as today but it could spill over into next week.