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Stalled Vote On Gay Marriage Frustrates Many

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As lawmakers in the State Senate once again put off a vote on same-sex marriage Thursday night, those who support the bill say their patience is wearing thin. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.

Word that a vote by state senators on the same-sex marriage bill did not happen Thursday night, as was widely hoped, disgusted many in the West Village.

"They need to do their job, enough's enough, they can't delay it, just vote," said one New Yorker. "Everyone else has to work hard."

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos said after a marathon session, he had to let senators sleep. Come Friday, at least one voter said other measures should take priority.

"There are more important things for them to do, and just don't bother with this gay stuff," said one New Yorker.

But the majority of those who spoke with NY1 expressed disappointment that the waiting game on the marriage equality bill continues.

"I think it's very important the issue gets resolved," said one New Yorker. "I think it's important for everyone to have equal rights."

"It's super disappointing. They should vote for it," said another New Yorker.

At least one resident said supporters need more patience.

"Everybody in New York is following it," said one city resident. "I want it to go to the floor for a vote, when they have the votes. I don't care if it takes one more day or six months."

Considering many have waited years for a resolution, and the State Assembly already passed the bill four times, it wouldn't be unheard of if the vote did not happen before senators break for the summer.

Many on both sides, though, are hoping it does not come to that.

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