NY Gov Paterson Hands Reins to Malcolm Smith on Marriage Bill

New York Governor David Paterson appeared to dial back his rhetoric yesterday on New York's marriage equality bill, which has been full-throttle since he announced he was reintroducing it, in a public gesture of handover to Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith.

Paterson_small Said Paterson: "On this particular bill, there are a lot of other issues related to
it. Senator Smith knows the inertia of the
Senate better than anyone else . . . I'll stick with his final

Newsday reports: "Smith (D- St. Albans)
supports gay marriage, but has said he would not allow a vote if defeat
was likely. 'I'm very concerned about putting a bill on the floor
that's going to be symbolism and not pass. . . . I'm going to count
until I know that I have 32, if not 34, votes,' he said last week. After Paterson's comments Wednesday, Smith was asked for a response.
Before he could reach the microphone, the governor quipped, 'Senator
Smith agrees with me completely.' Smith replied, 'Absolutely.' … Wednesday night, Paterson spokesman Peter Kauffmann said the governor
had been 'consistent' in his statements Wednesday and last week.
Paterson believes that legislation in general should be debated but was
not demanding that Smith bring the gay marriage bill to the floor
regardless of whether it had sufficient support, Kauffmann said."


  1. says

    Hmm… whether he’s backpeddling on it or not, I like the actions that took place. We got to see the hand Diaz was holding. We know now what his intentions are when it comes time to vote on this.

    Now, more than ever though, I want this vote. Republicans were told to just vote their conscience instead of with party lines. I think the momentum is there. However, why isn’t the debate being made that marriages are ALREADY legal in NY. They are only voting so that people will spend the money to obtain the marriage licenses in that state instead of having to go elsewhere. This should only be a revenue and economic issue and NOTHING else.

  2. says

    For those of you who live in Queens, NYC, please pass this information on. Take a look at this and then go visit or call your Democratic Senator, George Onorato.


    Senator Onorato says that he will vote against equality and also says that he will not discuss the issue with his constituents.

    Visit Sen Onorato’s district office at:
    28-11 Astoria Blvd.
    Long Island City, NY 11102
    (between 28th and 29th St)

    Call Sen George Onorato today and EVERY DAY
    district office: 718-545-9706

  3. Bruno says

    It seems like there’s never a vote in a NY legislature wing until they know exactly how that vote will play out in advance. That’s kind of crazy politics.

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