From The Wall Street Journal:
State lawmakers, he said, “have their hands full with their current legislative agenda, most notably the budget, but my opinion, my policy point of view, it is a priority.” Asked if he thinks a gay marriage bill could pass the Legislature in 2011, an off-election year, Cuomo replied: “Do I think it can? Yes.”
When Cuomo first ran for governor in 2002, he declared that he supported civil unions over same-sex marriage. It was not until his 2006 bid for state Attorney General that Cuomo announced his support of gay marriage.
Last December, the NY state Senate rejected a gay marriage bill in a crushing defeat for gay rights advocates who had waged a long, expensive campaign and had won pledges of support from Senate Democratic leaders.