Gov. David A. Paterson urged the State Senate on Sunday to take swift action on legislation that would allow same-sex couples to marry, signaling that he intends to increase pressure on lawmakers as the end of the 2009 legislative session approaches.
With six weeks left before the State Legislature adjourns for the year, gay rights advocates remain short of the support they need in the Senate, and there is an increasing sense among those who support same-sex marriage that time is running out.
The New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, led by Senator RubÃ©n DÃaz Sr., a Pentecostal minister, organized the event. In a speech delivered in Spanish, Mr. DÃaz warned the governor that there would be political consequences for supporting same-sex marriage.
â€œWeâ€™re here to say to the governor: Mr. Governor, look at the people that are here, these are the people who say we donâ€™t believe in marriage ...