Yes, technically elected officials did it but it wouldn’t have happened without said hedge fund managers, who made the case over lunch.

In the 35th-floor conference room of a Manhattan high-rise, two of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s most trusted advisers held a secret meeting a few weeks ago with a group of super-rich Republican donors. Over tuna and turkey sandwiches, the advisers explained that New York’s Democratic governor was determined to legalize same-sex marriage and would deliver every possible Senate vote from his own party…the donors in the room — the billionaire Paul Singer, whose son is gay, joined by the hedge fund managers Cliff Asness and Daniel Loeb — had the influence and the money to insulate nervous senators from conservative backlash if they supported the marriage measure. And they were inclined to see the issue as one of personal freedom, consistent with their more libertarian views.

Within days, the wealthy Republicans sent back word: They were on board. Each of them cut six-figure checks to the lobbying campaign that eventually totaled more than $1 million. Steve Cohen, the No. 2 in Mr. Cuomo’s office and a participant in the meeting, began to see a path to victory, telling a colleague, “This might actually happen.”

To commemorate the historic event and the men who got it done, consider asking Steve, Dan, Paul or Clifford to officiate your upcoming nuptials. They’d surely be flattered and no doubt have their applications to get ordained online queued up and ready to go.

The Road To Gay Marriage In New York [NYT]
New York Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Gay Marriage [WSJ]

Related: Lloyd Blankfein, John Mack, Dan Loeb Et Al Sign Marriage Equality Letter

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  1. Posted by Short, But Long | June 26, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    Straight up impressive.

  2. Posted by John Q Suburb | June 26, 2011 at 3:44 AM

    Awesome. Now gay couples can be as miserable as the rest of us.

  3. Posted by in love with pmco avatar | June 26, 2011 at 3:57 AM

    pmco will you marry me and have one of the above officiate, Bess can be the  maid of honor

  4. Posted by Finn Alexander | June 26, 2011 at 5:02 AM

    It’s interesting how society has totally flipped over the past 20 years. We now expect the influence of women in the workforce as a positive necessity, while making policy that will deny the influence of one sex or the other in raising children. 

    It’s also pointed out, often, that heterosexual couples do an awful job at raising kids, so gay couples entering the parenting fray will be a salve and an improvement. That assumes that being gay somehow elevates you above human nature and typical foibles.

    Just amazing the change in the world, from the Mid East, to social norms. Wonder what will be normative 20 years from now that is currently transgressive? 

    What’s also odd is a law like this being passed at the same time that extremely conservative and/or religious Republican candidates hold the complete opposite view, and gain a measure of support in those views. 

    Sometimes America has two heads on the same neck, each thinking opposing illogical thoughts. 

  5. Posted by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad | June 26, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    So $1 million buys the senate.
    Muahaha Muahahaha MUAHAHAHAHA!!

  6. Posted by FinkNottle | June 26, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Examine your motives.

  7. Posted by Job Security | June 26, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Just think about the fights over the furniture now.

    -Divorce Lawyer

  8. Posted by Guest | June 26, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    Just imagine if you had an actual substantive point.

  9. Posted by Finn Alexander | June 26, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Left your cognition at the door? 

  10. Posted by AQR Assfucked | June 26, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Well looking at Cliff’s recent track record it comes as no surprise that he’s in favor of people getting fucked in the ass being able to enter into legally enforceable relationships, just think of him and his investors. 

  11. Posted by Fake Louis Moore Bacon | June 26, 2011 at 7:55 PM

    You bastards said it didn’t make sense to put a lobbying effort together when I explained that the bigamy laws are embarrassing relics!

  12. Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    You know how I know you’re gay? You have a rainbow bumper sticker on your car that says, “I like it when balls are in my face.”

  13. Posted by Anonymous | June 26, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    What the fuck is up with the weekend post?  Am I seriously going to have to start checking DB on weekends? Jesus christ…

  14. Posted by Duke | June 26, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    did that galactically stupid anus Timmay actually say this weekend that “taxes on small business must rise so Government doesn’t have to shrink” … ??

  15. Posted by Finn Alexander | June 26, 2011 at 11:32 PM

    Crap, that wasn’t a beach volleyball enthusiast sticker? Seller at the flea market lied. Be right back, gotta go take something off my bumper. 

  16. Posted by I'm a Dude | June 26, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    hooray for the hedge fund bigwigs. did they celebrate with the elephant walk when they were done? scary thought of big steve in that position…

  17. Posted by Lorenzo | June 27, 2011 at 12:31 AM

    Why is the government even involved in marriage? Unjustifiable…

  18. Posted by Lewis Winthorpe III | June 27, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    That’s gay?

  19. Posted by ExtraOrdinaryPopularDelusions | June 27, 2011 at 3:47 AM

    I’m assuming that is a joke? 

  20. Posted by ExtraOrdinaryPopularDelusions | June 27, 2011 at 4:08 AM

    Feel free to get over yourself any time now.

    Also, it would be appreciated if you stopped pasting your Politics and Philosophy 101 papers here. Probably an honor code violation of some sort.

  21. Posted by Finn Alexander | June 27, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    It’s a Sunday. Relax. 

  22. Posted by ExtraOrdinaryPopularDelusions | June 27, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    n hip single people under the age of 25 liked your post.

    -guy who is old enough to be completely sick of married-life jokes because NO ONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT YOUR MARRIAGE OR YOUR DUMBASS KIDS OR YOUR GODAMN COMMUTE AND ITS NOT FUNNY ITS FUCKING DEPRESSING AND YOUR JOKES DON’T EXCUSE THE FACT THAT WHAT YOU’RE REALLY SAYING IS THAT YOU’RE A SHITTY PERSON SO GROW THE FUCK UP

    Sorry. I’ve been to a wedding every weekend for 2 months now, with another 2 to go. Starting to get mentally unhinged. I can’t even dance to Baby Got Back anymore…

  23. Posted by ExtraOrdinaryPopularDelusions | June 27, 2011 at 4:35 AM

    Sorry, I must have left my cognition at the door. 

  24. Posted by Nobis | June 27, 2011 at 4:45 AM

    I’m thinking eating meat might not be socially acceptable a few hundred years down the road…better go pickup my cheesesteak. 

  25. Posted by Nobis | June 27, 2011 at 4:47 AM

     What’s normative now will be transgressive in the future. That’s what I meant.

  26. Posted by S | June 27, 2011 at 6:48 AM

    nah, just straight up.

    - Long, But Hard

  27. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    I think this should be your speech at the next wedding.

  28. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 12:02 PM

    The triangles are for lesbians. Go figure why lesbians like the triangle better.

     

  29. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    can you please just drink your frustrations away and not shout so often?

  30. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    don’t worry.  we’ll be growing meat in labs by then.  oh wait… we already are…

  31. Posted by Lorenzo | June 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    You realize this wouldn’t even be an issue if the gov. wasn’t involved right? It would just disappear… Let’s critically think here.

  32. Posted by First Thrust | June 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM

     GAY WELCOME: Divorce lawyers’ windfall harvest of low-hanging fruit. Now everyone’s nuptial bliss can be rear-ended in court.

  33. Posted by ExtraOrdinaryPopularDelusions | June 27, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    That’s like saying the rain wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t for the clouds. Want to be married? Fine. You’re married. No one cares about that. What they care about is the law—insurance benefits, division of property and visiting rights in divorce, tax benefits, blah blah etc etc. and you don’t think the government should be involved in that? Marriage and government are practically the same institution.

  34. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Based on your profile picture, I assume that you have seen that horrible movie, “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.” There is your answer. Just make sure you don’t check it on your UBS-issued Blackberry as I don’t believe they would endorse most posts on DB.

  35. Posted by Anonymous | June 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Eff you, Bretton!

  36. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Wow, Mr. Sensitive. You can wait a few hours to check DB after you drive back from your Jersey Shore summer share in your Civic. The site is here to stay.

  37. Posted by Mercury | June 27, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Hello uninteded consequences.

    Call me cynical but I think this is all about the kind of “personal freedom”  that allows you to transfer private wealth tax free.  It’s always so messy when a member of the opposite sex is involved….and this will knock out that wild card. 

     Keep an eye out for a large chunk of change passing down a generation or two via legal gay marriage…soon.  You know Goldman is all over this.  All you need to get that ball rolling is one old rich guy who doesn’t trust some non-profit to carry out his will and doesn’t want to see his money go to the government when he dies. Oh, the liberal elite will not be amused!

    By the way, I’m totally available…

  38. Posted by early hominid | June 27, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    So all they got for cutting checks was philosophical satisfaction?  Really?    

  39. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    They’re called toasts not speeches dickwad.  It’s all about the bride/groom not the person with the mic.  You’re probably the same groomsman who does the worm when you’re introduced as part of the wedding party.  Selfish fucking generation.

  40. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    booooooooooo

  41. Posted by George Orwell | June 27, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Yikes

  42. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    wow.

  43. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    It truly kills me how much of an idiot you are. The response to your comment was clearly a joke, as evidenced by referencing a character from WS2, and the original comment was not about not wanting the site to “stay,” but rather to (jokingly) complain that if there were going to be posts on weekends, he’d be reading those as well.

  44. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Can you stop attempting to sound intelligent while making completely moronic statements? The smell of burnt rubber is unpleasant. 

  45. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Begins with an “s” and ends with an “arcasm”?

  46. Posted by Guest | June 27, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    Begins with an “s” and ends with an “arcasm”?

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