At the Empire State Pride Agenda’s fall fundraising dinner last night in New York, Sarah Jessica Parker was challenged to a game of “SJP’ or ‘S GAY P” by Bravogay Andy Cohen. She answered all the questions — “What does Lady Gaga call her fans?” (little monsters) and “Name all four Golden Girls” (Bea Arthur, Betty While, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty) — correctly. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. David Paterson, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand were there. And Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo went up on stage and, in between bashing Carl Paladino (the Post‘s headline: “Carl gets gay-trashed”), promised to legalize gay marriage if elected.
“I don’t want to be the governor who just proposes marriage equality,” Cuomo told the black tie crowd. “I don’t want to be the governor who lobbies for marriage equality. I don’t want to be the governor who fights for marriage equality. I want to be the governor who signs the law that makes equality a reality in the state of New York.” Paterson had that same dream, ya know.
It’s not the first time Cuomo has promised what many believe to be nearly impossible with the current state of New York’s Senate. At least not the first time this campaign trail. Cuomo was previously a civil unions-only guy, and has been hurting to drum up support from the state’s gay activists who doubt his commitment to their cause. Well, except for ESPA, which told us in July Cuomo “clearly and directly gave his support for and pledged to work with us to win marriage equality, transgender rights and protections for LGBT students.”