Though this is disappointing, we still have Senators Saland and Grisanti as undecided. You can reach them here to show your support of marriage equality!After exhaustive consideration of the issue of same-sex marriage during which I have listened to thousands of good and decent people on both sides of the issue, consulted numerous writings, done considerable soul searching and perhaps, most importantly, listened to the people I represent on Staten Island, I have decided to vote no.Government can, and should, confer all the rights and benefits associated with marriage to same-sex couples while still reserving the word marriage to describe a union between a man and a woman. Government's power to validate or approve of anything is accomplished by conveying government benefits to those who engage in the government favored activity, and not by the name.Calling a union between a man and a woman a marriage, and one between a man and man a civil union, does not invalidate one or the other.I am grateful for the many discussions I have had with so many Staten Islanders as well as for the prayers which have been extended by those on each side. As always, my determination is based upon representing the best interests of the people of Staten Island.
Stephen Saland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mark Grisanti (email@example.com)