ALBANY—It's official: the State Assembly will take up a bill on Tuesday that would legalize same-sex marriage, a spokesman confirmed.
When asked earlier today, Speaker Sheldon Silver said that the bill would have the votes to pass in his chamber. No one doubts this, in part because an almost identical bill passed the Assembly in 2007.
Austin Shafran, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, said Smith's position on the measure hasn't changed: he supports it, and is working to get enough votes to ensure its passage, at which point he will bring it to the floor. No word on when that may be.
The bill was supposed to go to a vote last week, but action was postponed.
Opponents are seizing on the opportunity. State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., an outspoken critic of the measure, has scheduled a rally for this Sunday in New York City. Rev. Jason McGuire, the point man for New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, will hold a rally on the Capitol steps June 9.
I asked him if he is glossing over the measure's likely passage in the Assembly and focusing on the State Senate.
"We will be working the ground," he said. "We're not giving up the Assembly until the last vote is counted."