NY GOP senators might take up gay marriage Friday

By MICHAEL GORMELY, Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A top ranking Republican in New York's Senate says legislators don't want to let a much-anticipated voteon gay marriage drag into the weekend.

Deputy Majority Leader Thomas Libous says the 32 Republican senators who hold the majority in that chamber could meet behindclosed doors later Friday to take up the matter after they getthrough other bills.

Leaders in the Senate and Assembly have been negotiating since last week with Gov. Andrew Cuomo over giving more protections toreligious groups that oppose gay marriage.

The Assembly has already approved gay marriage and signaled it will approve a version of the bill that includes new religiousexemptions. The Senate now must decide whether to kill it in private or let it come to the floor for a full vote.

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