New York State Senator Mark Grisanti and three additional Republicans in the Senate on Friday helped make New York the sixth – and most populous – state in the nation to legalize gay marriage. Before casting his vote, Grisanti told fellow lawmakers that he couldn’t find a legal reason to oppose marriage equality.
Grisanti said he previously opposed such unions because of his religious upbringing. “The issue of same-sex marriage was never a strong topic of discussion among family and friends. I simply opposed it in the Catholic sense of my upbringing.”
“As a Catholic, I was raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I’m not here, however, as a senator who is just Catholic. I’m also here with a background as an attorney. To which I look at things and I apply reason.”
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