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Mayor Bloomberg's latest dilemma is whether or not to allow gay marriage in the city, prompted by New Paltz's decision to offer gay marriage. City Council Speaker Gifford Miller, who is trying to win the Democratic ticket to run against the Mayor in 2005, started the offense, saying, "It is past time that Mayor Bloomberg give the civil rights - the basic fundamental civil right of marriage - to same-sex couples." Gothamist totally supports gay marriage, but can understand it when the mayor's press secretary says, "The city clerk is following New York State law, which does not permit gay marriages." It's a state issue at this point, and while it'd be great if he could go out on a limb and further define his views, it seems that Mayor Bloomberg's "Republican" base, strained relations with Governor Pataki and overall approval issues related to other issues (taxes, education) might be more of a focus at present. Considering the mayor's other socially progressive stances (aside from not wanting people to smoke or party loudly), Gothamist suspects he is all for gay marriage.

Attorney General Eliot Spitzerrefused to stop the gay marriages in New Paltz, saying, "I have no problem with gay marriage. I think the law has moved to a point where people are comfortable that [marriage] can be extended to people of the same sex." Spitzer had been asked by Governor Pataki to stop the marriages. So the real debate will be in Albany, leaving it to Governor Pataki to struggle with what to do; according to the Daily News, Pataki "defied calls from his Conservative Party allies to push for a state Defense of Marriage Act, which would shield New York from having to recognize other states' gay marriages." However, Governor Pataki, with other political aspirations in mind, may fold to appeal to a conservative base.