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Advocates Rally for Marriage as Gillibrand Reaches Out to State Lawmakers

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New Yorkers United for Marriage, a coalition of LGBT advocacy groups working for marriage equality in the state, held a rally in Albany and urged the New York state Senate to pass marriage equality legislation.

Capitol Confidential reported that the rally “had attracted about 400 people within its first 20 minutes,” and advocates on Twitter indicated that about 500 people showed up to support the bill.

Republican state Sen. Jim Alesi spoke to rally attendees and alluded to a Lady Gaga song when he said, “I’m a Republican — I was born that way.” Alesi went on to say he is “committed to giving people that live in America what every American wants.”

Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) appeared on MSNBC and told Tamron Hall that she has been calling state senators and explaining why she is so passionate about this issue. Gillibrand also tweeted to her followers and told them to call their state senator today.

Republican state senators have said they want to review some language in the bill and decide whether to bring it for a vote before the end of the session.

GLAAD will provide updates throughout the week at www.glaad.org/ny4m.