This vote in the NY Assembly was intended to place more pressure on the NY Senate - where the final fight to protect marriage is taking place:
The state Assembly just passed a gay marriage bill by an 80-63 tally.
The margin is the lowest of the four votes since 2007. Seventy six votes were needed for passage.
All eyes now are on the Senate, where Republicans are wrestling with whether to bring the bill to the floor for a vote before the end of the legislative session.
Currently, 31 senators, including two Republicans, have publicly supported the bill. Thirty-two are needed to pass a bill in the chamber. -- NY Daily News