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Cuomo says gay marriage would be ‘a priority’ if elected NY governor

Cuomo says gay marriage would be ‘a priority’ if elected NY governor

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo told the reporters that, if elected governor this fall, he would push to legalize gay marriage in the Empire state during his first year in office.

From The Wall Street Journal:

Asked by a reporter if he would make the passage of a same-sex marriage bill a priority in his first year on the job, Cuomo told reporters in New York City: “It’s a priority.”

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.

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