Same-Sex Marriage Sponsor Doesn’t Share Bloomberg’s Optimistism

Although they’re one vote short needed to pass same-sex marriage in the Republican-led State Senate, Mayor Bloomberg said yesterday if it were brought up for a vote, it would pass.

The Democratic sponsor of the bill isn’t so sure.

“You should chat with Mayor Bloomberg about that because he has not disclosed what happened as a result of his conversations [with Republicans] to me,” said State Senator Tom Duane, of Manhattan.

“He was very helpful to the Republican conference. He helped them get into the majority. That shouldn’t be what sways their decision,” said Duane. “I hope his passion for the issue is what sways some of the Republican members.”

When asked if he thought there are enough votes right now to pass the bill, Duane — who led a failed effort in 2009 to pass the bill when Democrats controlled the chamber — said, “I’m not going to predict that.”