Civil rights activists have been pushing for states to adopt legislation concerning same-sex unions. The latest battleground for gay rights is New York, which is several votes away from passing a law that legalizes marriage between two homosexual individuals, according to CNN.
Governor Andrew Cuomo is hoping that the lawmakers in the state will pass the law that he proposed concerning same-sex marriages, as he noted the benefits and protections that would be afforded to these individuals, reported the news source.
"Marriage is a civil right. People get married, and it is recognized in government," Democrat Tom Duane told CNN. "We're talking about the government recognizing same-sex equality."
Cuomo met with several Republicans in order to get the necessary votes to pass the legislation. The governor expressed concern that these lawmakers would like to comply with the proposed bill, but they would be alienated from their conservative base who oppose the idea of same-sex marriages, the news source reported.
The wording of the legislation is an issue for several Republicans who remain on the fence. Marriage is a word that opponents of the bill do not wish to apply to a union of two gay men or women, according to The New York Times.