“Certainly this is an emotional issue and an important issue for many New Yorkers,” said Senator Tom Libous, the deputy Republican leader. “I just don’t think the majority care too much about it at this time because they’re out of work, they want to see the state reduce spending, and they are having a hard time making ends meet. And I don’t mean to sound callous, but that’s true.”
Yes, it is true. But this issue has nothing much to do with the "majority;" it's about those of us in the minority who are being denied equality in having our relationships equalized with those in the majority.
Oh, and it's also about the Bible.
During debate, Sen. Ruben Diaz, a conservative minister from the Bronx, led the mostly Republican opposition.
“If you put this issue before the voters, the voters will reject it,” Diaz said. “Let the people decide.”
Sen. Eric Adams, D-Brooklyn, challenged lawmakers to set aside their religious beliefs and vote for the bill. He asked them to remember that once even slavery was legal.
“When I walk through these doors, my Bible stays out,” Adams said.
“That’s the wrong statement,” Diaz countered later. “You should carry your Bible all the time.”
Fucking ridiculous. And a VERY big problem.