Look for "Gay Marriage" to become quite the political hot potato in the weeks and months to come ;)
The Albany Project: Spitzer Keeps Gay Marriage Promise
NY1: "...The bill would establish equal responsibilities, benefits and protections for same-sex couples. The bill also says that churches can be compelled to perform same-sex marriages. " Hmmm... is that right? Politics on the Hudson reports "No clergy member of religious institution would be compelled to perform gay marriages."
Anyway, along with that move came a decision from the New York State Department of Civil Services stated that legally married, same-sex spouses of state employees would be eligible for medical and other benefits administered through its Employee Benefits Division.