Great news and bad news. The New York State Assembly just became the third legislative body in the country to voluntarily approve same-sex marriage (after the California house and senate). Unfortunately, the Republicans still hold a two seat majority in the state senate, and the majority leader has vowed to never let it come up for a vote:
MassEquality has proven itself to be the best of the best. We have built a top-notch political powerhouse in MA, but our marriage rights are still not fully equal or secure. First, to obtain federal rights, we need to overturn DOMA. To do that, we need more states backing full marriage equality. It isn’t just a matter of having moral support or building a stronger Supreme Court case (although both of those things are important).
As we have seen here, flipping a state flips the entire political establishment. Once equal marriage becomes established law in NY and CA, it will become political poison for any Democrat and many Republicans to oppose it. Those state legislators are future members of Congress, cabinet members, federal judges, maybe even future presidents. The beauty of the federal system is, once we have support at the state and local levels, national support must follow.
MA is also heavily invested in NY. We commute back and forth between Boston and NYC. We have family networks scattered accross both states. We are much more similar politically than MA and say, Ohio or Texas. I think we need to keep the organization that we have here and redirect it to taking the NY state senate and securing the house. They sent money when it was MA working to protect marriage equality, now we have an obligation to do the same. We need to take the lessons learned and export them nationwide.