Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a video message strongly endorsing the push for marriage equality in New York.
"New Yorkers have been on the right side of history, indeed, New Yorkers have made history," Cuomo says in the video. "But on the issue of marriage equality, New York has fallen behind."
Cuomo mentions that same-sex partners are denied 1,000 federal and 700 state rights granted to married couples.
"We've come a long way and now it's time to come even further," Cuomo says.
The governor has been a powerful voice in the fight for marriage equality. It's one of the chief issues Cuomo is pushing on his People First Tour across the state.
In December of 2009, a same-sex marriage bill was defeated by a 24-38 vote in the state Senate. All Republicans and eight Democrats voted against the measure.
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