More than a thousand people showed up at a rally for same-sex marriage outside the Capitol today. But a lot of the coverage focused on the one person who was not there: Andrew Cuomo. [NYT City Room]
Lieutenant governor Bob Duffy (you remember him: from Rochester, silver hair, tall) was there -- and made sure to emphasize that Cuomo's absence doesn't indicate a lack of support for legalizing same-sex marriage. he said a "horrendous" schedule kept Cuomo from appearing. The disembodied voice of Cuomo will be soon be making an appearance on the issue on your phone, though. And his admin says the "People First" statewide campaign will be highlighting the issue. [Karen DeWitt] [State of Politics] [State of Politics] [Cuomo admin]
So is same-sex marriage going to move ahead, or what?
The push for legalizing same-sex marriage has reportedly been ramping up, with Cuomo's support. But Dean Skelos said today that Cuomo has yet to send along a bill for the state Senate to consider. Jimmy Vielkind recently speculated over at Capital New York that the lack of a bill at this point is part of a Cuomo strategy to make sure he gets credit from liberals if/when the measure passes. [NYT] [State of Politics] [Capital New York]
A Siena poll from last month reported that 58 percent of New Yorkers support same-sex marriage. And recent national polls suggest that a majority of Americans also now support it. [SRI] [FiveThirtyEight]
GENDA Another issue that got attention today at the rally: the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, which would extend protections against discrimination in matters of employment, housing, public accommodations, education and credit to transgender people. [NY Mag] [ESPA]
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