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David Paterson Is Done Trying To Force Gay Marriage. Will Cuomo Take Up The Fight?

As he squeaks out the remaining weeks of his governorship, New York’s David Paterson put out feelers one last time to see if state lawmakers would approve same-sex marriage in the lame duck session. The response: still no. And so Paterson has abandoned one of his singular goals during his tenure, though I think it’s safe to say the failure is not his. The governor has been an outspoken advocate for our community; he has spent much political capital trying to engender marriage equality; and he has called bullshit on the bigotry exhibited by elected officials. He tried doing a wonderful thing, and then religious hatred got in the way. So now it’s Andrew Cuomo’s turn. And you can put faith in him or not.