Flying Wallenda Holding Up Gay Marriage Vote?

Like the State Legislature, it's all a balancing act.

Andrew Cuomo’s schedule has probably felt like a three-ring circus lately, with major bills on rent regulation, property tax caps, university tuition, and, of course, same-sex marriage hitting the floor of the Senate and Assembly this week. But now the circus metaphor is getting … literal.

According to the AP, Nik Wallenda, a seventh-generation scion of the high-flying family, is lobbying the state to be allowed to cross the Niagara Gorge on a tightrope sometime this summer. In fact, a bill in support of Wallenda, sponsored by western New York Democrat Dennis Gabryszak, has already passed through the Senate and, according to reports, was expected to come before the Assembly as early as Tuesday.

Yes, Tuesday. The day the much-anticipated vote on same-sex marriage should have taken place. Seriously, Andy, we love a good daredevil stunt as much as the next person, but it’s important to prioritize.

And Nik–did Philippe Petit need a permission slip from the state to take on the Twin Towers? Just load up on dental floss (unwaxed!) at Duane Reade, book an Amtrak ticket and go. Flying Wallenda Holding Up Gay Marriage Vote?