Governor Cuomo is staying positive about his ongoing negotiations with Republicans who fear how religiously affiliated organizations will be impacted by the same-sex marriage bill the governor is pushing.
“We have not hit any obstacles,” Cuomo said of his talks with three undecided Republican State Senators who want to ensure religiously affiliated groups are not forced to service or recognize gay couples.
Cuomo, speaking to reporters outside his second floor office, said he and the three Republican State Senators he’s been meeting with “came up with more language” for the bill. Those Senators have taken the language back to the conference for consideration.
Cuomo did not restate his insistence that the bill be voted on. (Yesterday, he said New Yorkers “are entitled” to see the State Senate vote on it, something the Republican Leader, Dean Skelos, bristled about this morning.)
Instead, Cuomo said he and the bill’s supporters felt “we’ve crossed a threshold last week” by getting 31 publicly declared supporters — one shy needed to pass.
When asked if he had 32 votes — some reporters Tweeted a 32nd vote had come forward but could not be named — Cuomo was noncommittal.
“I don’t have any votes. I’m not in the vote business, as you know,” said Cuomo.
“I’m cautiously optimistic,” he said, “that there are going to be enough votes there. There’s only one way to find out: when they call the votes. And there can be a lot of discussion and a lot of speculation but until a person stands up and their vote is counted, you don’t know.”