LoHud: Ball Says Senate Should Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

(6/23/2011) -

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.”

Ball said he remains undecided… (READ MORE)

About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →

3 Responses to LoHud: Ball Says Senate Should Vote on Same-Sex Marriage

  1. will says:

    as it has been said, it is about all being treated fairly and ending discrimination

  2. Mark Salamon says:

    We live in a Constitutional democracy, which means that the rights of the individual are protected from the whims of the electorate. Marriage Equality is exactly what the term denotes — equality for every consenting adult to marry the person of their choice. This is not an issue that is subject to popular vote. I am a gay man. I am not asking for the blessing of my committed relationship by those who believe it is against their religious tenets. I am asking for the state of New York to treat my married relationship as equal to heterosexual marriage in all its rights, benefits and responsibilities. I agree with Senator Ball that churches and religious organizations should be protected as well. Please support Marriage Equality for ALL citizens of New York State. This is simple justice.

  3. Helen says:

    Sen. Ball, I’m so happy that our beloved state of New York has apporved the bill. It has been long over due. Some religious institutions may not grant same sex couples their rights and wishes but our government should give them EQUAL rights under the law! Me and my family was praying for this to happen, and it really did. I am very proud to be New Yorker tonight. This is not only a victorious moment for the gay communities in New York or in America, but this is a great forward moment for ALL Americans. Although we were disappointed that you voted no, we still applauded you for voicing up your notion to bring the bill for a vote; it’s the right thing to do and it’s healthy for a democratic country like our nation. We might be undecided to vote for you again because of your no vote but we want you to know that the NY Senate did the right thing. In behalf of all New Yorkers who generously enough, a million thanks! Proud I live at this moment. God bless our state and nation!

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