Asked when he expected the marriage equality bill would pass, the senator said he was “optimistic by the November election, which would help us with Maine. I am optimistic about that, and certain before the end of the year.”This bill has faced many an obstacle. In April the unpopular Gov. David Paterson introduced the bill and it passed the state Assembly in May. On to the senate it went only to be stalled after a power coup took place and all drama brook loose.
Pressed for a more specific timetable, however, Duane gestured as if he were looking into a Magic 8 Ball, an analogy he used previously to describe the obscure and chaotic politics of the New York state senate, where Democrats hold a narrow majority. “It’s Albany,” said Duane. “So, you know.”
Soon it was believed that the bill died after extraordinary session after extraordinary session failed to get childish Senate to address state issues.
With a special session called in September to deal with the state's budget, Gov. Paterson announced he would resubmit the marriage equality legislation which followed with Sen. Duane and the governor stating they believed there would be a vote by the end of the month.
But it didn't happen.
So this new quote of Sen. Duane in the Advocate now pushes the deadline of a hopeful vote some time before next year.
Let's keep our fingers crossed and support the efforts of our allies in the New York Senate.