NY Governor Andrew Cuomo was instrumental in securing the passage of marriage equality in New York last week and lot's of folks have been recommending this NY Times article offering a peak at how he got it done...
Granted the US as a whole is not NY but the state isn't too far off as a microcosm of the country in terms of politics (more conservative in rural areas and more liberal in urban ones) and I would encourage President Obama and his administration to take some notes on getting shit done (there are plenty of great things that the Obama Administration has accomplished but I do think that on the whole they are falling short of their potential).The story of how same-sex marriage became legal in New York is about shifting public sentiment and individual lawmakers moved by emotional appeals from gay couples who wish to be wed.
But, behind the scenes, it was really about a Republican Party reckoning with a profoundly changing power dynamic, where Wall Street donors and gay-rights advocates demonstrated more might and muscle than a Roman Catholic hierarchy and an ineffective opposition.
And it was about a Democratic governor, himself a Catholic, who used the force of his personality and relentlessly strategic mind to persuade conflicted lawmakers to take a historic leap.
Be sure to read the whole thing.