"zero" chance of passage this year and said only he could influence key Republican state senators. Openly gay Sen. Thomas K. Duane, the bill's lead sponsor, slams the billionaire mayor and his recent embrace of marriage equality in Gay City News:
"Once again Mike Bloomberg is talking out of both sides of his mouth. The fact of the matter is Mike will stand up in press conferences and talk the talk but at the end of the day he never walks the walk. Mike Bloomberg has consistently supported the Republican Party and its anti-gay marriage agenda. As far as I know, the mayor hasn’t been in on any discussions with Senate Democrats or with Senate Republicans on strategy for getting marriage passed. There have been people involved with his administration that I’ve talked with and others may have spoken to, but I don’t know of the mayor personally speaking to anyone."
For the second week in a row, the Gay City News reported Bloomberg has donated "as much as $2 million in the past two election cycles' to Senate Republicans and suggests this "allows him the leverage to round up GOP votes in favor of gay marriage."
Of course there is another way to look at it: Bloomberg has been underwriting the same anti-gay Senate Republicans who have refused to support the bill for two years.
Bloomberg: Paterson, Thompson Will Renege on Marriage [R20]