As the demonstrations in New York's capitol building reach new volumes, on-the-ground reports indicate that state senate Republicans could delay a vote on the state's gay marriage for days. Protestors on both sides of the issue began singing around noon on Monday as senators moved in and out of the chamber in Albany. Reads a tweet from the New York state politics television program Capital Tonight: "Just informed by a GOP senator that this stalemate situation could go til Wed and maybe Thurs. That's a lot of hymns." Capital Tonight also reported: "Also told some senators have packed for at least Thursday."
The Senate is scheduled to go into session at 3 p.m. today, but in the meantime, governor Andrew Cuomo--an aggressive proponent of the gay marriage law who has vowed to extend the legislative session, scheduled to end at 11:59 Monday night, if an agreement is not reached--is meeting with Republican state senators. According to one reporter in the Capitol, he met with GOP Senators Kemp Hannon, assistant majority leader for house operations, and Stephen Saland at 12:45 p.m.
UPDATE (1:58 p.m.) - Staten Island Republican Senator Andrew Lanza reported told journalists that he did not think a vote on the gay marriage law would happen today. According to the New York Observer's Avi Paybarah, who's been tweeting from outside the senate chambers at the New York state capitol building:
Journo: "Do you see the bill being voted on today?" GOP Lanza: "No." #lgbt
According to most reports, Lanza is the one vote needed to pass the state marriage equality law. His importance in the debate earned him a mention on Friday's episode of The Daily Show:
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