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Gov Paterson N.Y. Gay Marriage Manipulated


New York governor David Paterson, at a Tuesday press conference, referred to some legislators' attempt to use his support for same-sex marriage to influence the state's deficit reduction plan as a "grotesque twist of justice."

When asked if same-sex marriages will be voted on in the senate, Paterson said he expected a vote, but he did not approve of the bill being voted on only if the state's deficit reduction plan is approved.

"The fact that the marriage equality somehow was manipulated into being part of the DRP program is something that I think is reprehensible," said Paterson, reports the Albany Times Union.

"So for anyone who has tried to influence my position on the DRP because they know that I am interested in passing marriage equality, I think that is a grotesque twist of justice and a rather insensitive way to lobby here in New York State," added the governor.

According to the Associated Press, Paterson also said he is confident the legislation will pass and same-sex couples will be able to get married in the state.

The marriage bill will require bipartisan support. To pass in the senate, the bill needs to receive 32 yes votes. Democrats have a 32-30 majority in the senate, but nearly a half-dozen Democrats oppose the bill.

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