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  Spitzer would push for gay marriage
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Last EditedThe Sunset Provision  Oct 09, 2006 12:43pm
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News DateMonday, October 9, 2006 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAttorney General Eliot Spitzer has reiterated that he would push to legalize gay marriage, setting the stage for what could be a battle with state legislators.

The overwhelming front-runner in New York's gubernatorial race, Spitzer on Thursday told a gathering of the state's major gay rights group that every New Yorker should be free to marry the person of their choice, regardless of their gender.

"This is not about forcing any religion to perform or recognize gay marriage. It's simply about permitting gay and lesbian couples the right to live in stable, long-term married relationships," Spitzer said, according to a transcript of his remarks to the Empire State Pride Agenda.

He added that public policy should be based upon the principles of equality and opportunity for all -- the themes he said unified all civil rights movements.

"We will not ask if [legalizing gay marriage is] hard or easy. We will simply ask whether it's right or wrong," Spitzer said.

The candidate's most recent statement of support for gay marriage has been characterized as the boldest stance a prominent Democrat has taken to date.

But whether Spitzer will be able to deliver on his campaign vow if he is elected governor remains to be seen.
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