NY Senate stuck on gay marriage as rallies grow

The state Senate is continuing debate on a measure that if approved, would make New York the sixth state in the country to legalize gay marriage.

The measure has already been approved by the state Assembly but is tied up in closed-door debate in the Senate over exemptions that would allow religious leaders to decline to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies.

Adding to the difficulties is the state Senate's need to debate other important issues like New York City's rent control regulations and a statewide property tax cap.

Officials say a vote on the bill could come Wednesday or Thursday.

Protesters on both sides of the issue have been gathering in Albany to make their voices heard.

A gay marriage bill has been debated four times since 2009, but those backing the bill say that this is the closest it has come to passing.

Same-sex marriage bill hits snags on religion questions

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