New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said
approving gay marriage in his state has provided acceptance for
millions of people and their families.
Cuomo is often credited for passage of
marriage equality in the New York Senate, where the bill fizzled two
years earlier. Skeptics at the start of the legislative session gave
the bill little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled
In a wide-ranging interview with men's
fashion glossy GQ,
Cuomo said momentum worked in his favor on the bill.
“First, the budged worked. The
budget comes up first – this was February. After the budget, you
go through what's called the legislative session, which is passing
the normal bills. That worked. So now you had a sense of momentum.
And the body politic was enjoying success. And then we did marriage
equality last, which was the hardest of the session issues. But I
think at that point there was a lot of energy, a lot of momentum.
People – the legislature – liked getting things done.”
“[T]here are issues that come across
your desk … that you just say, 'This is absurd.' Marriage equality
changed life for people. When we did the gay-pride parade after the
passage? I can't tell you how many family members, friends, sisters
and brother … It provided a level of acceptance for millions of
people. And their families.”
Cuomo added that arguing against gay
marriage because gay and lesbian couples cannot conceive without a
third party but not applying the same rules to straight couples was
“You can get married if you don't
want to make a baby or if you can't – except if you're gay!
There's no logic,” Cuomo said.