Supporters congratulate Gov. David Paterson after he announces introduction of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York. The Assembly, controlled by Democrats, passed such a bill in 2007; it died in the Senate. Now Democrats hold the Senate too, but the majority leader doubts it will pass.

NEW YORK - New York Governor David Paterson hugs openly gay speaker of the New York City Council Chrstine Quinn as Mayor Mike Bloomberg looks on after announcing his intention to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in New York April 16, 2009 in New York City. Paterson, whose approval rating is low, faces a fight from Republicans hoping to block the bill in the legislature. The Democrat likened the effort to slavery abolition and said momentum was building, referring to states that have recently allowed gay marriage.
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