New York State Sen. Greg Ball. Source: politico​.com

Today, the New York State Sen­ate is con­sid­er­ing a bill that would legal­ize same-​​sex mar­riage in the state. Although a vote was widely expected today, the lat­est news reports say the vote may be delayed to later in the week.

Last week, the Assem­bly passed the bill by an 80–63 vote. The mea­sure faces tough going in the Sen­ate, where the Democ­rats have a bare 30–32 minor­ity with a prin­ci­pled oppo­nent in State Sen. Rubén Díaz (Bronx), who is an ordained Pen­te­costal min­is­ter. There is talk that a Stupak-​​like state­ment of prin­ci­ples allow­ing for free­dom of reli­gious expres­sion might be enough to bring him over. One idea that has been floated is to allow reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions the abil­ity to refuse to pay ben­e­fits to a same-​​sex spouse. Even if a deal is struck, and the Democ­rats present a united front, the bill would still need at least two Repub­li­can supporters.

As the Repub­li­can cau­cus meets, ten­sion is mount­ing amongst sup­port­ers and oppo­nents alike. If passed by the leg­is­la­ture, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sig­na­ture is almost assured.

Mean­while, a fresh­man State Sen­a­tor, Greg Ball (R-​​40/​Patterson, Hud­son Val­ley), has reached out to his fol­low­ers and con­stituents via Face­book and Twit­ter.

I thought it was bet­ter than send­ing Weiner-​​like pho­tos. I’d done it in the past. I reached out on Face­book and Twit­ter and asked for input on many issues. It’s a good way to get feed­back. — New York State Sen. Greg Ball, via Politico

His office is report­ing that the Twit­ter response to his “yes or no?” ques­tion is over­whelm­ingly “yes” while Face­book is closer to 50–50. A recent Siena Col­lege poll shows 55% of New York­ers in favor of same-​​sex mar­riage, with 40% opposed.

If a vote is held, we’ll update it in the com­ments section.

What do Log­a­rchism read­ers make of this situation?