Lawmakers who voted no on same-sex marriage didn’t stick around after the Senate gave final passage to a same-sex marriage bill.
Sen. George Maziarz, R-Newfane, Niagara County, said he was disappointed about the vote, although he is not disappointed in any individuals. “I’m more of a traditionalist,” he said.
“I knew that Sen. (Stephen) Saland and Sen. (Mark) Grisanti were struggling with it,” Maziarz said of two of the four Republicans who voted yes.
This is what the Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, an evangelical Christian group, said in a statement:
“Despite today’s vote, the people of New York recognize that marriage provides a strong foundation for a thriving society. State senators who have chosen to pursue their own agenda or the agenda of liberal activist groups are ignoring the 62 percent of Americans who believe marriage is one man, one woman, nothing else.”
“It is unfortunate that the vast majority of Democratic legislators and a handful of liberal-leaning Republicans have put personal agendas, ahead of principled positions. We had hoped for better, but now we look to next year’s November.”
This is a statement from the Catholic bishops of New York:
“The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.
“We strongly uphold the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the nature of marriage will continue to be ridiculed, and that some will even now attempt to enact government sanctions against churches and religious organizations that preach these timeless truths.
“We worry that both marriage and the family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government in passing this legislation that attempts to redefine these cornerstones of civilization.
“Our society must regain what it appears to have lost – a true understanding of the meaning and the place of marriage, as revealed by God, grounded in nature, and respected by America’s foundational principles.”