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New York State marriage debate produces a YouTube star

BY Nancy Scola | Friday, December 4 2009

Staten Island state senator Diane Savino isn't exactly a household name, even in New York City political circles. But a YouTube video of her impassioned, funny speech on floor of the New York State Senate in favor of a marriage equality law -- which blended heartfelt testaments to the quality and durability of the intimate relationships of her gay friends with sassy references to a reality TV program involving a dwarf bachelor -- is being widely passed around through blogs and Twitter. The video, posted by the technology team at the New York State Senate, has been viewed more than 160,000 times in the last 48 hours. The senate's second most popular video, involving debate over an esoteric tax provision, has about one-tenth of the views.