GRISANTI: It was not going to be a political vote. It was a vote of my conscience and it was a vote basically, definitely of fairness, and a balance that personified what I stated on the floor, that same sex couples should have the same right that I enjoy with my wife that I love. The other side of it is that the religious organizations, the non-profits and the benevolent organizations, they’re all protected.
Indeed, internal polls conducted by the Senate Republicans ahead of the marriage vote suggested that the four Republicans who supported same-sex marriage would win re-election because voters care more about the economy than social issues. A recent Quinnipiac poll also found that “New York state voters support 54 – 40 percent a law allowing same-sex couples to marry, with voters under 35 supporting the measure 70 – 26 percent.”