Lead New York Marriage Sponsor: ‘There Is Still A Lot To Be Done To Get This Bill Over The Finish Line’

A somewhat pessimistic Sen. Tom Duane (D-NY) — a lead sponsor of same-sex marriage legislation — appeared on Michelangelo Signorile’s SiriusXM’s show this afternoon and said he would be more confident of the success of the state’s pending same-sex marriage bill if it received another public endorsement from a Republican. “I think it’s important that, whether or not a vote happens…I do think it’s important now that in advance we do have more more Republicans publicly saying that they are going to vote in the affirmative,” he said, adding that senators who provide private assurances may fold at the last minute. “There is still a lot to be done to get this bill over the finish line,” he stressed.

Asked about reports that marriage equality is not yet on the Senate agenda, Duane responded, “I’m loath to make any predictions about what can and cannot happen in Albany. […] Deals or agreements that are made can often fall apart and so I think we just keep our eyes on the prize.” Listen to selections from the interview: