"As a record-breaking number of gay rights advocates were congregating Tuesday morning, May 1, in Albany to lobby lawmakers, Assembly member Daniel O’Donnell got a message. Speaker Shelly Silver gave word that O’Donnell would sponsor the governor’s gay marriage bill in the Assembly.'I intend to try to bring this to a vote before we leave Albany in June,' O’Donnell said in an interview Wednesday."
And the reason for such optimism:
Openly gay Assembly member O’Donnell’s optimism on Wednesday was in contrast to his guarded tone the previous day. He attributes the change to several factors. A dozen Assembly members have privately told him they would put their name on the bill, he said. Also, there has been a sea change in the issue resulting from the governor’s bill, which specifically exempts religious groups from having to marry gay couples.
Currently, the bill has 66 supporters in the Assembly (76 votes needed for a majority). The Pride Agenda's scorecard currently notes 62, with Assemblymembers Espiallat, Powell, Destito and Magnarelli added as a result of Tuesday's lobby visits. (State Senators Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Martin Dilan were also added as supporters in that chamber).