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.