By Paul Schindler
Four hours after a largely Latino crowd led by anti-gay Bronx Democratic State Senator Ruben Diaz gathered outside the governor's office on Third Avenue in Midtown, a crowd of marriage equality supporters rallied on Sixth Avenue a block east of Times Square.
The 5 p.m. rally on May 17 followed by four days the State Assembly's passage, by an 89-52 margin, of Democratic Governor David Paterson's marriage equality bill. Advocates are pressing to garner the 32 votes needed to move the measure through the 62-member State Senate before it adjourns at the end of June. With the Democrats holding only 32 votes and Diaz an implacable foe, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith will need to attract at least some Republican votes as well as walk back a couple of Democrats who have voiced opposition.
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