Official Statement

NYS Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson)

“Knowing that marriage equality was likely to pass, I thought it important to force the issue of religious protections. Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the distinct opportunity of listening to literally thousands of residents, on both sides of this issue, by holding an undecided stance. I thought it was important to listen to all of my constituents and hold an undecided position until the actual bill language was written and everyone’s voice had been heard. Now that the final text is public, I am proud that I have secured some strong protections for religious institutions and basic protections for religious organizations. The bill still lacks many of the basic religious protections I thought were vital, and for this reason, and as I did in the Assembly, I will be voting ‘no.’”

For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Ali Skinner: (845) 200-9716.

 

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 →

11 Responses to Official Statement

  1. Christopher Beloff says:

    Senator Ball, This is the first time I felt compelled to voice an oppinion, rarely do I enjoy the converstaion of politics. I just wanted to thank you for your representation. I have a good feeling about you thus the reason I voted for you. Again Thank you

  2. Suzane Watkinson says:

    Senator I urge you to read and study Senator Grisanti’s statement on how to honorably make a difficult decision. Better luck in your next endeavors.

  3. Alicia Svigals says:

    Dear Senator Ball,

    It’s dishonest to pretend to be undecided as a negotiating tactic. Even though I’m for gay marriage, I have a lot more respect for the senators who were honest that they were going to be “no” votes all along. I imagine it will make it harder for your colleagues to trust they can really make deals with you in the future. I’m afraid that you’ve lost my vote.

    Sincerely,

    Alicia Svigals
    Putnam Valley, NY

  4. Jack says:

    Senator Ball,

    Who cares if religious people disagree with gay marriage? It’s none of their business. Do they think they’re protecting gays everywhere from the “wrath of God” by not letting them get married? If so, how selfish and intrusive! I fail to see how anything religious has to do with gay marriage. If a gay couple choose to have a religious ceremony, that’s THEIR ceremony. They can do what they please at THEIR ceremony. If the religious organizations think that that is blasphemous, then what can they do? They’re not God. They cannot summon God to throw flaming balls of fire upon the gay couple’s ceremony to right their so-called wrong. Some of these religious organizations forget that they must live and LET LIVE. Not everyone abides by the words of the Bible. Everyone does, however, want to be free, and this is the land of the free. Sadly, though, many gays around the land of the free do not feel freedom because they are unable to do something everyone else can. Simply put, if two human beings, straight or gay, want to get married, let them get married, regardless of the unwarranted religious beliefs of others. It is only just.

    Thank you,
    A Concerned Citizen

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  6. John Watts says:

    It was supposed to be a bill about RIGHTS, not religious organizations. Very disappointed in you.

  7. Eric Larrabee says:

    Dear Senator Ball,
    Marriage isn’t a religious position, though people try to make it out to be one. When you can married by a justice of the peace or the like, it’s no longer strickly a religious issue. Jesus was the one that said “blessed are the meek”, “love thy neighbor” and “we are all Gods children” (I would like to put the emphasis on the word “All” in that last quote). We need to stand up for those that are oppressed and don’t have a voice. Supporting this measure could have been the most Christian thing you could have done.

    This great land of ours is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. To not vote “yes” for this issue, you proved once again that freedom can still be limited to some and cowards like yourself will support the mob mentality instead of standing up for the basic civil rights on individuals. I’ve been happily married for 13 years now. I can’t imagine that someone could deny me the right to marry the one that I truely love. My friends and family are extremely disappointed, but unfortunately not surprised, by your decision on this matter. I’m just happy that there are more intelligent and compasionate people representing in our state sentate and your vote was overruled.

    Thank you for your time.

    Eric

  8. Mark Martino says:

    You should be ashamed of yourself regarding marriage equality. Playing politics with people’s lives is exactly the type of reprehensible action that makes politicians so despised. You had a chance to act on principle and instead you acted out of self interest. Happily you were on the wrong side of civil liberties this time…I only hope you don’t have another chance to choose self-interest over principle in the future. Hoping you can sleep at night…and hoping your kids are not gonna have to write you this letter in the future….
    Mark Martino
    NY state

  9. Perry Townsend says:

    You’re a hypocrite. You feign interest in religious protections, take credit for crafting that language, then you vote against it! You pretend to care what people think on this issue by soliciting their opinions on Twitter and FB, then when the response comes back overwhelmingly pro-marriage-equality, you ignore that response. And BTW, don’t presume to even use the term “marriage equality.” You haven’t earned that right. You obviously don’t believe in it, so you don’t deserve to use it. Use the term you believe in: pro-marriage-inequality. You’re a wuss, a liar, and a spineless pig. This will be your undoing.

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