The Pride Agenda’s Pivot

ALBANY—The Empire State Pride Agenda has “pivoted” its strategy to legalize same-sex marriage: wait and “re-connect” this summer before addressing the issue in an extraordinary session in September, a shift from their no-holds-barred push earlier this year.
“You don’t want people voting on this when they’re just exhausted. The Senate is tired, and there’s a lot of emotions there,” said Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the powerful gay rights lobbying organization. “I would have preferred June weddings, but autumn weddings are just as nice in New York.”
Van Capelle said he spoke with David Paterson last Thursday, as news broke of a deal that returned State Senator Pedro Espada Jr.