Editor's note: Anderson Cooper speaks to New York State Sen. Greg Ball about why he opposes legalizing same-sex marriage.
Later: Proponents react to passage of NY bill
Related: New York moves to become 6th state to legalize gay marriage
He wanted to carve out protections for "Individuals and businesses with religious objections." So, if an individual or business had deeply-held religious beliefs (and could point to verses in the Bible to support them) that persons of other races were inferior to white people, would Sen. Ball support legislation allowing them to discriminate in hiring, firing or promotions? What about housing? If an individual or business had deeply-held relgious beliefs that women were never to be in authority over men (and pointed to verses in the Bible that support this notion), would Sen. Ball vote in favor of allowing them to discriminate in hiring, firing or promotions? People are free to hold any beliefs they want; but obviously, discrimination in the public sector (even when religiously-based) cannot be permitted in a free society.
This Ball character has a terrible history – killing goats for publicity, abusing women and having numerous restraining orders issued against him, lying about his military service, fraudulent fund raising using polo matches supposedly for the benefit of under privileged children while stealing the money for his campaigns, and the list goes on and on. Why doesn't the media focus on these chronic liars and help stop the charade?
Doesn't religion practice and preach tolerance? I do not follow religion, but use tolerance as a top priority for my life. As we move forward and leave old paradigms behind that no longer serve us (as a humanitarian species), I find religion is breaking down and being forced to take a new view of it's role in society. People are leaving religion behind because they know in their hearts there's a better way...
I am a constituent of Greg Ball's and left emails, tweets, and Facebook comments for him countless times, but it seems like he picks and chooses who he listens to. I don't believe he really listened to his constituents as he claims. This is just a ploy to garner him nationa attention. Even on his twitter account today, he dismisses the same-sex marriage bill as just "a social issue done with" and totally disregards the importance of the issue. I will certainly not be voting for him in the next election.
Sorry about the typos...Anderson* and national*...it's the iPad
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