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Cuomo 'Cautiously Optimistic' on NY Marriage Equality Bill: VIDEO

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters late yesterday that he expects Republicans to bring the marriage equality bill to the floor for a vote.

A_cuomo Politicker NY reports:

“I’m cautiously optimistic when it comes for a vote that it’s going to pass,” Cuomo told reporters tonight, outside his office on the second floor.

Echoing the message Mayor Michael Bloomberg brought to Albany last Monday, Cuomo said: “I believe the people are entitled to a vote and let the elected officials stand up and say yea or nay. I believe that’s how democracy works and I believe the state is entitled to a vote, on this issue.”

I asked if that’s a change in his strategy.

“We early on said we’re not going to advance a bill unless we’re confident that it has a good chance of success,” Cuomo said. “Not that you know it’s going to succeed, because you never know until the vote is actually cast. But we’ve reached the point, the threshold where we believe there was a high likelihood of success, we felt good about the chances of success, so then we moved the bill.”

Empire State Pride Agenda's Ross Levi said he believes the Senate will vote as well.

Watch Cuomo speak to reporters (the clip's a bit quiet, and addresses some other issues as well) and Levi's interview with Liz Benjamin, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Cuomo, Bloomberg and the Minority Leader let the Republicans drag this out too long. It's as good as dead. I've been watching everyday and hoping for good news...made my calls...I can't even watch anymore. I'm hoping it will be different next time.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 22, 2011 8:12:12 AM

  2. "Cautiously optimistic" does not make me optmistic at all. This has gone on far too long. If the Republicans do not bring this to vote, they are cowards in my opinion and should hopefully face the consequences during the next election. This sucks.

    Posted by: Kevin | Jun 22, 2011 9:13:47 AM

  3. Republicans keep saying anonymously they'll bring it to a vote, but now I'd be concerned that it wouldn't pass anyway. With Huntsman calling the "redefinition of marriage" "impossible," I think these civil-union types like Lanza & Saland won't be swayed, and probably never would have been because they're likely too chickenshit. I hope I'm wrong.

    Posted by: Bruno | Jun 22, 2011 11:24:50 AM

  4. I take no consolation in Governor Cuomo's words. Sounds kinda like "Well, I never said it would pass, just that it had a good shot at being passed." He sounds much more negative now than he did last week.

    Posted by: Dom | Jun 22, 2011 10:03:24 PM

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