Same-Sex Marriage and the Paterson Variable

ALBANY—It looks like David Paterson is determined to put same-sex marriage to a vote in the Senate, even if it means failure, because it will force lawmakers to go on the record. (This is not the tradition in Albany.)
The thing is, the failure of the legislation, if it comes to it, is pretty much assured: as the same-sex marriage advocates who poured money into Democratic campaigns in 2008 have found out, the 32-30 Democratic majority, which includes outspoken gay-marriage opponent Ruben Diaz Sr., is still incapable (if not actively unwilling) of mustering the votes.
No wonder Tom Duane, the sponsor of the same-sex-marriage legislation in the Senate, was less than enthusiastic about the governor’s gesture.

Same-Sex Marriage and the Paterson Variable