NYTimes: "After Pushing Gay Marriage, Cuomo Is Thanked With Money"


Thomas Kaplan of the New York Times, who quotes our own President Brian Brown:

In the aftermath of New York’s legalization of same-sex marriage this summer, gay men and lesbians lionized Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, showering him with gratitude, praise and awards. Now, they are rewarding him with something more tangible: campaign cash.

... The Los Angeles reception follows four fund-raising events in New York in the last seven months that drew heavily on supporters of same-sex marriage.

... The four Republican state senators who provided the critical votes to pass the marriage equality act have also raised money from the gay community in recent months. Opponents of same-sex marriage have fiercely criticized them for that fund-raising, saying the Republicans had sold out their principles for a promise of campaign contributions.

Brian S. Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, said he did not have the same objection to Mr. Cuomo’s fund-raising, because the governor had made his stance clear. But Mr. Brown said that it was important for New York voters to know that Mr. Cuomo was “now getting his payoff,” and that the governor was eagerly raising money “on his radical social agenda.”

“Clearly a lot of money was at stake for Governor Cuomo,” he said. “He’s now trying to get as much money in his coffers for forcing this through as he can.”

Mr. Cuomo’s advocacy for same-sex marriage was so forceful that he is now being asked to defend his tactics in court; last month, a state court judge questioned what he called Mr. Cuomo’s “arm-twisting” of the Legislature on the issue.