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The Defense of Marriage Act adds costs and administrative burdens on businesses operating states that have legalized same-sex marriage, according to a court filing in a case challenging the law.
The fate of same-sex marriage in New york now rests on 8 senators who are "undecided" on the issue.
Out of 62 state senators, 8 indicated their status as "undecided," while 26 senators say yes to, and 28 senators are opposed to gay marriage.
As the bill requires 32 votes to pass, the 8 votes on the fence are crucial in determining the fate of same-sex marriage in New York State. The proposal will pass if most of 8 undecided voters support it.
Seven of the eight undecided senators voted "no" in 2009.
Among the 8 are 5 Republicans; Senator Roy McDonald, Greg Ball, Jim Alesi, Stephen Saland and Kemp Hannon, and 3
Democrats; Senators Shirley Huntley, Joe Addabbo and Carl Kruger.
Republican Senator Jim Alesi refused to declare his position, though he said he had made up his mind.
New York is a major state in the battle over same-sex marriage. Its population surpasses than the combined populations of the five states that have legalized gay marriage; Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Washington D.C.
Many unions in New York state have declared support for same-sex marriage legislation.
The stakes are high this year for a successful vote, since it is unlikely the measure will be pushed next year when all 212 state lawmakers are up for re-election, according to NY1.
The legislative session is scheduled to end on June 20.
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