NEW YORK (CNN) - Gov. David Paterson announced Thursday he is introducing legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in his state.
"For too long, gay and lesbian New Yorkers, we have pretended, that they have had the same rights as their neighbors and their friends," Paterson said. "That is not the case."
The same bill was defeated in the state senate in 2007 when it was proposed by former Gov. Eliot Spitzer.
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