The politics of same sex marriage will be right alongside the budget and ethics reform as a major issue in the coming year. New York's traditional liberal politics has yet to result in a marriage equality bill becoming law, as the Senate has failed to support it.
Gay rights groups play a significant role in political races, particularly downstate where candidates pay homage to them alongside race and labor groups. However, the LGBT groups play little role in the races of most GOP lawmaker's races upstate and its unlikely there will be much support for the bill among newly elected lawmakers.
Governor-elect Cuomo has vowed to push for enactment, but he will have his hands full with other issues and likely will not queer his own legislative agenda by picking a fight over the issue.
Gay rights take center stage in N.Y. - Ben Smith and Byron Tau - POLITICO.com