New York Governor Says Marriage Equality Will Pass in Coming Weeks

At last night's Empire State Pride Agenda dinner, Governor David Paterson said he expects to sign a marriage equality bill very soon.

The NYT: Paterson2 "Paterson said he expects the state Senate to give the measure final legislative approval in weeks ahead and then he will sign it, making New York the seventh state to legalize same-sex marriage. Paterson can't force the Senate to take up the bill and admitted to reporters he can't guarantee its approval, but he says he's now confident it will pass, as advocates and sponsors of the bill in Albany have been quietly working to build support. The bill was blocked by a summer coup in the Senate in the final days of the regular session in June. The Democrat-led Assembly has already passed the measure. Paterson's statements Thursday came at the fall dinner in Manhattan of the influential gay rights group Empire State Pride Agenda. He said New York will have marriage equality 'as a result of a law we will pass in the New York Senate, already passed in the Assembly, and will be signed by the governor, just in the next few weeks.'"

Elizabeth Benjamin at the New York Daily News reports that Pride Agenda executive Director Alan van Capelle addressed specific state senators at the same dinner, saying:

"Tonight I say the time for making cases is past...The time for petty partisan finger pointing is past. The time for lame excuses, for botched maneuvers and simple, plain old foot dragging is past...The time to get this bill to the floor of the New York state Senate is now. The time for the state Senate to acknowledge our existence is now the time for us to hear our lives - our lives! - debated on the floor of the New York state Senate is now...Sen. John Sampson, you’re the leader of the state Senate. Sen. Tom Duane, you have told us on multiple occasions that you have the votes to pass this bill. Give us the dignity the rights and the respect we deserve bring this bill to a floor for a debate and a vote. If we win let us celebrate and if we go down we know what we need to do in 2010. Period."

Paterson's remarks (via Good As You), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's too bad governor Paterson's approval ratings in the polls is so dismal. He's a decent, intelligent guy who's inherited a crappy economy and is doing the best he can with it. Let's hope this bill gets passed, and that he'll be in the history books for championing our cause in a big way with a landmark law.

    Posted by: Josh Raso | Oct 23, 2009 10:41:42 AM

  2. I greatly admire Paterson's optimism and determination.

    He might be legally blind, but there's absolutely nothing wrong with this man's vision.

    Posted by: sparks | Oct 23, 2009 11:30:20 AM

  3. Between Paterson and Bloomberg, it seems that the movement might have just enough capital to make it happen this year.

    I'm cautiously optimistic, but not convinced it'll happen. As hard as some politicos are fighting for it, there are others on the right (and the center left) that are working as equally hard against equality.

    Let's get it done!

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Oct 23, 2009 11:44:07 AM

  4. aaron , you gotta be fucking kidding right? bloomberg?? what, pray tell, has bloomberg done for lgbt new yorkers? i have plenty of examples of things he did against us...

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Oct 23, 2009 1:16:52 PM

  5. people actually believe this? what a crock! his approval ratings are so low this man will say anything. ill believe it when i see it.

    Posted by: mrpanic | Oct 23, 2009 1:33:24 PM

  6. Daft,

    I'm not trying to suggest that Bloomberg is a avid champion of equality. Even I know that's ridiculous.

    I simply mean that he and Paterson are both on the right side of this issue (presently) and that it might help get it up for a vote (and Bloomberg might provide some meek cover for moderate Repub.)

    I know Bloomberg is only an ally of convenience. Apologies if my post suggested otherwise.

    Posted by: Aaron Rowland | Oct 23, 2009 5:22:45 PM

  7. Alan van Capelle should be ashamed of himself. He's a leader who spent years telling us that all we had to do was get a democratic majority in the senate - and as soon as we got one, they shut the door in our faces. We had a bad political strategy.

    How about this? If Alan isn't able to make a marriage vote happen during the upcoming session, then he should step down.

    Posted by: evan | Oct 25, 2009 7:50:53 AM

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