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Ex-GOP chief supports gay marriage in NY

ALBANY — The former chairman of the Republican National Committee is pushing GOP senators in Albany to legalize gay marriage.

Former Chairman Ken Mehlman, who presided during the administration of President George W. Bush, says he met privately with several senators on Monday. But he wouldn’t say how many or who he spoke with.

More than a half-dozen minds need to be changed in the Senate for a crucial vote on same-sex marriage. The measure supported by the Assembly was defeated in 2009 in the Senate, which was then controlled by Democrats.

Mehlman, who last August openly acknowledged he is gay, says the Republican senators he spoke with are keeping an open mind.

There’s no immediate action planned in the Senate.

There are seven legislative days left in the Legislature’s scheduled session.