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New York is one vote away from getting a lot more righteous:


New York was on the cusp of legalizing same-sex marriage on Tuesday, after a second Republican state senator came forward to support the measure, leaving it a single vote shy of passage.While Senator Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, the majority leader, said no final decision had been made, two other Republican state senators, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said they believed the bill was almost certain to come up for a vote. 

It would most likely pass if a vote were held, the senators said, and would make New York the sixth, and largest, state in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo formally introduced the bill on Tuesday in both the Assembly and the Senate, a step the governor had said he would not take unless he were confident of victory. 

Mr. Cuomo met again on Tuesday with gay-rights advocates to chart a strategy for the days ahead, and then went to New York to host a fund-raiser at a production of "Priscilla: Queen of the Desert," a Broadway musical about drag queens.

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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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