Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said that, if elected governor this fall, he would push to legalize same-gender marriage in New York during his first year in office.
Asked by a reporter if he would make the passage of a same-gender marriage bill a priority in his first year on the job, Cuomo told reporters in New York City: “It’s a priority.”
State lawmakers, he said, “have their hands full with their current legislative agenda, most notably the budget, but my opinion, my policy point of view, it is a priority.” Asked if he thinks a same-gender bill could pass the Legislature in 2011, an off-election year, Cuomo replied: “Do I think it can? Yes.”
In December, the state Senate rejected a same-gender marriage bill in a lopsided 38-24 vote, a stinging defeat for advocates who had waged a long, expensive campaign and had won pledges of support from Senate Democratic leaders.
Not a single Senate Republican voted for the bill, while eight Democrats opposed the measure. The bill had earlier that year passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly for the second time.
Cuomo’s position on the issue has evolved over the years. When he ran for governor in 2002, the Democratic politician said he favored civil unions but did not support same-gender marriage. He declared his support for same-gender marriage when he ran for attorney general in 2006.
(Source: Wall Street Journal)