New Yorkers Protest Defeat Of Gay Marriage Bill

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[From NY1 ]

Many New Yorkers are taking to the streets to vent their frustrations, after the State Senate voted down a bill that would have given gay and lesbian couples the right to marry in New York State.

See how your senator voted on same-sex marriage in New York State.

Marriage Equality New York is hosting a rally in Union Square tonight, one day after the long awaited same-sex marriage bill was rejected by a vote of 24-38.

The bill passed the State Assembly for the second time Tuesday night and had the support of Governor David Paterson, but after two-and-a-half hours of debate it fell eight votes short of passing in the Senate.

All 30 Republicans voted against the measure, along with eight Democrats.

“I’m very angry, I’m very disappointed, I’m very sad,” said Democratic Manhattan Senator Thomas Duane, above, the only openly gay in the State Senate. “And I’m frankly feeling betrayed, and that’s a terrible feeling to have.”

“If this were truly a vote of conscious, then marriage equality would’ve passed today,” said Paterson. “I think a number of legislators were intimidated by a number of forces around this issue.”

“All the major religions in the world also oppose it. The Jewish religion opposes it, the Muslim religion opposes it, the Catholic religion opposes it,” said Democratic Bronx Senator Ruben Diaz Sr., who voted against the measure.

In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, most locals who spoke with NY1 this morning said they were disappointed with their district’s Democratic Senator Martin Golden voting against gay marriage.

“I’m disappointed. I have a lot of gay friends, and they should have equal rights like anybody else,” said a local.

“I don’t mind civil unions, but [gay] marriage I probably have a little bit of a problem with,” said another.

“I don’t believe in same-sex marriage. I believe in heterosexual [marriage]. You know, man and a woman,” said a third.

One resident told NY1 that Golden’s vote does not affect what the senator has done for the area, but other locals said they would consider Golden’s stance on same-sex marriage if he should run for re-election.

“I think that everyone has a right to live how they want. I don’t think they have a right to choose who anybody lives with, or who they marry. It’s their own personal business,” said a local.

The vote comes in the wake of a new poll that finds a slim majority of New Yorkers in support of legalizing gay marriage.

In a Marist College survey of 805 registered voters statewide, 51 percent say they support same-sex marriage and 42 percent oppose it.

The same poll found that 61 percent of surveyed New York City voters supported gay marriage

The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.