Such is the case for today when word came that the New York state senate is stalling on the marriage equality bill because they don't have enough votes to pass it. The Republicans are standing against it, and there are a collection of Democrats who are either not willing to commit to support it or have said they will not vote for the bill.
Governor David Paterson had pushed to have the marriage measure heard during a special session called to deal with a budget deficit in New York. But the political will wasn't there to get the bill to the floor with Republicans insisting that the session was called to deal with the budget, not with marriage. Ironically, the Senate failed to deal with budget issue today, either!
Gay activists in the Empire State were vocal in their demand that the bill be heard, noting that there is nothing new about budget problems getting business bogged down in Albany.
My hope is that this is only a temporary set back. Meanwhile, I think the gay community in New York needs to look at who among the Senate has been naughty or nice on this topic, and take note of that in 2010. Many of my friends disagree with me, but I don't understand electing Democrats who vote as Republicans simply because they have a "D" after their name. What's the point?