As we reported this morning, Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, yesterday called for a vote in the Senate on legalizing same-sex marriage. Even though Ball is officially undecided, he said the public should get a vote on the issue, despite an attempt by the state Conservative Party to quash a vote.
“There should definitely be a vote, up or down. We live in a democracy,” Ball said.
He went on to question the Conservative Party’s thinking on the issue, saying that same-sex marriage may ultimately become law in New York at some point and perhaps its best to fight for as strong as legal protections as possible for churches and religious organizations that wouldn’t want to perform gay marriages.
“You have people on the extreme right and you have the Conservative Party that they want to bottle it up for instant gratification. But they have to realize that we live in New York state, not the state of Texas, and marriage equality will probably become law in New York state,” he said. “They’ve got to make the calculated decision would they rather have it happen now with real religious protections or do they want it shoved down their throats a few years from now? And I think in some respects, they are being very short sighted.”
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