Gabriel Maylor at Ace of Spades writes:
Passage in the Assembly is a foregone conclusion. Governor Cuomo lobbied long and hard for a gay marriage law; he'll sign.
I've noted before that it's much, much better to get these laws from the statehouses and not the courthouses. Like all gay marriage laws that have been passed by legislatures, the NY marriage law will contain religious conscience exemptions. The states who had marriage forced on them by the courts didn't have an opportunity to get protections for churches and religious organizations.
Although five other states currently have gay marriage laws, the New York marriage law will double the number of Americans living in places that have legalized gay marriages.
The New York senate is the first Republican-controlled legislative body to pass a marriage equality bill.
I guess the four Republicans were afraid of being glittered by the intolerant militant gays.