Was Same-Sex Marriage The Impetus For N.Y. Senate Switch? : It's All Politics Was the prospect of same-sex marriage legislation part of what gave the New York state Senate to the GOP?
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Was Same-Sex Marriage The Impetus For N.Y. Senate Switch?

Regarding the shocking takeover of the New York state Senate by the Republican Party with the support of two Democrats from NYC:

Some are wondering what this does to the prospects of passing same-sex marriage legislation, which is supported by Gov. David Paterson (D) and already passed by the state Assembly.

Here's the take from Jeremy Peters and Danny Hakim of the New York Times:

Why Mr. Espada and Mr. Monserrate suddenly defected on Monday afternoon was not immediately clear.

One source of contention among Democrats recently has been Mr. Smith's support for same-sex marriage. Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., a Democrat from the Bronx, has been outspoken in his insistence that legislation allowing gay couples to marry not be allowed to come to a vote. Some had speculated he might leave the Democratic Party if Mr. Smith were to allow a vote.

But Mr. Diaz did not join Mr. Espada and Mr. Monserrate in the leadership vote on Monday. It was not immediately clear whether the same-sex marriage legislation played any role in the leadership dispute.