Is New York on its way to legalizing same-sex marriage? Gov. Andrew Cuomo sure hopes so. Part of his campaign platform depended on a pledge that he'd get it done. And though in 2009, the State Senate rejected a bill that would do just that, Gov. Cuomo says he's after another vote. It's still unclear which side would come out on top.
The bill has passed time and again in the State Assembly only to be rejected by the Senate. Just last year, the Senate voted 38-24 against marriage equality.
Scott Reif, a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Dean G. Skelos of Long Island, said, “At this point, we’re focused on the budget, we’re focused on passing a property-tax cap, dealing with the economic issues facing New York." Skelos is opposed to same-sex marriage, but Reif says he will not block the bill from coming up for a vote.
Despite the awesome possibilities, this reporter finds herself torn, due to petty quibbling between Republicans and Democrats making last year's budget over 4 months late. And that is probably how the Republicans will get us—there are “other priorities.” But how long does it really take to do the right thing?