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Spitzer to introduce New York same-sex marriage legislation

[JURIST] A spokesperson for New York Governor Eliot Spitzer [official website; JURIST news archive] has said the governor plans to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state of New York [JURIST news archive] in the next few weeks. Spitzer reportedly seeks to fulfill a campaign promise [NYT report] to support a gay marriage bill he made last October in his run for governor. Any such legislation proposed by Spitzer would require consideration by the New York State Assembly [official website]. The New York Times has more.

Massachusetts [JURIST news archive] is currently the only US state to recognize same-sex marriage, after a November 2003 state high court ruling [JURIST report; background materials]. More than 8,000 same-sex couples have since been wed there.

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