N.Y. Gov. Cuomo To Champion Marriage Equality This Year

AndrewCuomo New York state's gay and lesbian population may have something to look forward to, because Gov. Andrew Cuomo insisted yesterday he will indeed ask lawmakers to vote on marriage equality this session.

"We’ll be working very hard to pass it,” said Cuomo during an appearance of Hofstra University, according to the New York Times.

Cuomo has long supported marriage rights, but such legislation doesn't always go over well in the Empire State, where it often passes the State Assembly and then fails in the Senate, as happened in 2009.

Though the Senate's Republican majority leader Dean G. Skelos remains opposed to gay marriage in the Empire State, an aide said he will not hinder a vote, but also insisted the state's GOP wants to focus on economic issues.

If that's the case, perhaps they should look at the Williams Institute report released yesterday, which concludes same-sex marriage in Rhode Island would pump $1.2 million into the state's economy over three years.

No, it's not a massive amount of money, but state lawmakers with budget crunches can't afford to turn away any nickle, dime or gay dollar.


  1. Jon B says

    Read the Williams Report. It has numbers for every state. So using Rhode Island numbers doesn’t make much sense to me when talking about NY… especially since the NY numbers are SIGNIFICANTLY higher.

  2. Andrew Belonsky says

    Jon, you’re totally right about RH not being representative of NY’s economy. Obviously much smaller. I couldn’t find the NY numbers, but did see that nups in NJ would generate about $200 million over three years, according to the Williams Institute. Do you have link for NY-specific data?

  3. Rowan says

    It has to be an economic argument full stop. This is the only way to show up the insane social conservatives who vote for Diaz.

  4. E says

    The Bronx alone is home to large numbers of lesbian couples who would jump at the chance to take advantage of marriage equality.

  5. MiloTock says

    The “insane” social conservatives who vote for Diaz are never going to be swayed by any rational argument — that is the nature of insanity. Diaz and his core supporters are a lost cause. We have to accept the fact that there are certain votes that we are never going to get and work, instead, on persuading those who can be persuaded.