Eliot Spitzer’s plan to introduce a bill legalizing same-sex marriage later today may not become law. But it may succeed, for the first time, in getting many state legislators to stake out clear, yes-or-no positions on the issue.
“You had a governor, under Pataki, it wasn’t even discussed,” said Assemblywoman Joan Millman of Brooklyn. “Now you have a governor that is openly supporting it. But it’s still going to be a long haul.”
The opposition to same-sex marriage — or at least the reluctance to address it — isn’t just in the Republican-led state Senate.
I asked Millman, who has been in the Assembly for 10 years, if she knew where Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver stood on the issue.
“No, I don’t,” she said. “I know he’s been quoted as saying he wants to see where his conference is on this. And I think the conference is going to be all over the lot because some people are very conservative or represent very conservative districts.”
Millman, who supports same-sex marriage, isn’t optimistic. “It’s going to be a real sticking point. I don’t know if it’s going to be something that gets through this session,” she said.