The new national group Equality Matters met with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on March 10 and reported that he's eager to legalize same-sex marriage this year.
"While our specific discussion today is private, what's clear from our meeting with Gov. Cuomo is that he wants to get this done this year, as soon as possible, and that he is prepared to use his considerable power and influence to make it happen," said EM President Richard Socarides.
"What's not clear," Socarides added, "is how we get to the magic number of 32 in the Senate."
Equality Matters describes itself as a new campaign for full LGBT equality that utilizes strategic communications, research, training and media monitoring to strengthen efforts for full LGBT rights and to correct anti-gay misinformation.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington, D.C. In addition, same-sex marriages from anywhere in the world are recognized as marriages in Maryland, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island and California (if the marriage took place before Proposition 8 passed) even though those states do not let same-sex couples marry.