Sen. Greg Ball, R-Patterson, Putnam County, voted against the same-sex marriage bill on June 24, but he doesn’t support the lawsuit filed by same-sex marriage opponents.
Ball said he wanted more religious protections in the bill for businesses who didn’t want to recognize same-sex couples. And while Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers agreed to toughen protections for religious organizations, Ball said it didn’t go far enough for his support.
He did, however, say all along that there should be a vote — which there was, and the measure passed in the Senate 33-29. It became law July 24.
“Rarely has democracy been as active or alive as it was the day of that vote,” Ball said in a statement last night. “While some, like this group, would have liked to of seen dysfunctional Albany bottle up any vote or debate, democracy won the day over Albany’s old dysfunctional politics. The votes were there, the vote was held, and the bill passed. This group apparently would have liked to see old Albany rear it’s ugly head, where a small minority controlled by the extreme and petty interest, could have killed democratic action. Democracy won.”
New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, a Monroe County-based conservative group, filed the lawsuit last week, claiming that the state’s open meeting law and other rules of the Senate were violated when the vote was held.