Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Marriage Equality in New York

New York Times
April 25, 2011

There are good reasons to believe that legislation legalizing same-sex-marriage in New York State is fated to fare better in Albany’s current legislative session than it did in 2009 when the State Senate voted, 38 to 24, to continue the state’s discriminatory policy of denying gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry.

Opinion polls show a growing majority of New Yorkers favor marriage equality. And some senators who voted against the bill two years ago have since been replaced by supporters of the bill. To ensure passage, advocates now need to gain the votes of six more senators.

The most heartening new factor, though, is the active involvement of New York’s Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo. His predecessor, David Paterson, also supported same-sex marriage, but he was too weak and unfocused to get the job done.