New York Marriage Equality Push Intensifies | Equality Matters’ Richard Socarides says there is reason to be optimistic about the prospect of achieving marriage equality in New York before the legislature adjourns on June 20. “Republican state senators are being lobbied hard to vote ‘yes,’ including by financial contributors and business leaders. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are playing important roles. Gay rights groups have their act together this time and are mounting a coordinated effort both on TV and in the field,” he writes.