Not a single Republican member of the New York State Senate voted today in support of gay marriage equality. Not a big surprise.
Certainly no surprise when it comes to the vote of Sen. Thomas Morahan, R-New City. After months of claiming he was undecided on the issue, Morahan came out July 1 against marriage equality, saying he believed that civil unions would accomplish enough parity.
It was actually a surprise that he answered the question about how he would vote on gay marriage at all. I had called him to discuss the state Senate standoff, deficit decisions and all things political, but I tossed in a question about his vote on gay marriage legislation that was off again on again for months. Here’s what he said:
I’m going to vote against it … I understand both sides … I prefer civil union, as opposed to traditional marriage … Maybe I’m a traditionalist. I know my community is divided. If you can accommodate both sides, why not do that?
So, I asked him why he got married. He responded: “I fell in love.”