There are still a few conservative Democrats who haven't signed on. But there are also two more Republicans (like Litzow and Pflug, from the suburbs), Sens. Joe Fain (R-47, Auburn) and Andy Hill (R-45, Redmond), who may go for the bill and make up the difference.
Sen. Joe Fain
Sen. Andy Hill
I claim no news-reporter objectivity on this bill. It's an obvious civil rights issue: Republicans who vote against it are following the bad example of their 1940s, 50s, and '60s GOP counterparts (and Southern Democrats) who supported Jim Crow laws. Moreover, it should be a no-brainer for Republicans: It's pro-family legislation.
So, a little lobbying here: Sens. Fain and Hill, please read this article in today's NYT. There's a bonus if you vote the right way.
Here's the lead:
All four Republicans who voted for same-sex marriage [in New York state]sharply increased their fund-raising in the six months after the marriage bill passed, in many cases raising money from people they had never met. And Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat who forcefully pushed the legislation, raised $6 million in six months helped by fund-raisers that highlighted his support for same-sex marriage.
State Senator Roy J. McDonald, a Republican who is a Vietnam veteran from Saratoga County, became a momentary folk hero for many gay people when he blurted out that people who were unhappy with his support for same-sex marriage “can take the job and shove it.” He raised about $447,000 in the six months following the vote, about 27 times more than he had raised in the same period in 2009.
Senator Stephen M. Saland, a Republican lawyer from Poughkeepsie whose decision to support same-sex marriage became clear only when he rose to speak during the vote, raised $425,000. For rank-and-file lawmakers in Albany, those are large sums — both men raised more in the latter half of 2011 than did the Senate majority leader, Dean G. Skelos, a Long Island Republican.
Senator Mark Grisanti, a first-term Republican from Buffalo, raised $325,000 in the six months after the vote.