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New York governor wants gay marriage bill

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York legislative officials say Gov. David Paterson is expected to introduce legislation to legalize gay marriage.

Two officials say he will introduce the legislation Thursday. They spoke on condition of anonymity because there's been no formal announcement.

The proposal would revive a bill that died in 2007 and still faces strong opposition despite a new Democratic majority in the state Senate.

Paterson, a Democrat, says in radio interviews that he believes it will ultimately become law and that it should be debated publicly.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says he doesn't believe there are enough votes in the chamber to pass the bill.

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