A Measure On Gay Marriage In Ny Could Be Drawn Up By Early Summer

04.25.11 | Sarah Harnisch

 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is helping groups mobilize for a gay rights revolution in the Empire state. Gay Rights Groups, which suffered the stinging defeat of a same-sex marriage bill in New York state in 2009, publicly mounted a new campaign for the legislation last week, relying on the popular democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo, to overcome Republican resistance and their own history of poor coordination. Under the supervision of the governor’s staff, the groups intend to raise more than $1-million for a media blitz, hire a powerful political consultant close to the Cuomo administration and deploy field organizers to the districts of more than a dozen key lawmakers to drum up support. The advocates envision a short, disciplined and intense run-up to a vote in the state legislature, with the prospect that gay couples may be allowed to wed in New York by early summer.  Groups say Cuomo has vowed a personal push to win passage of the same-sex marriage bill this year, and has instructed his staff members to oversee the campaign to ensure it runs smoothly.