“I apologize for those who feel offended,” Mr. Grisanti said, adding, “I cannot deny a person, a human being, a taxpayer, a worker, the people of my district and across this state, the State of New York, and those people who make this the great state that it is the same rights that I have with my wife."
[Republican NYState Senator, conservative, married 46 years]
This was not about whether to solemnize a relationship in church or synagogue or mosque or temple. It was not about who would officiate. Nobody's religious rights have been infringed.
This is about love and commitment. About family rights and responsibilities. About children being able to say their parents are married. It's like citizenship for an immigrant. Full stature in society. I mean, who wants to be viewed as an alien?
“Their love is worth the same as your love,” Mr. Cuomo said [to lawmakers]. “Their partnership is worth the same as your partnership. And they are equal in your eyes to you. That is the driving issue.”Sure I can talk about all that in a spiritual way. And I have. On numerous occasions.
Today is a day for rejoicing! The Sabbath. Even if I'm not Jewish.