Senator Mark Grisanti On His Marriage Equality Vote

25 Jun

Please watch the whole thing, and if you’re a constituent of his, please contact him and pledge your support to help him make up whatever support he may have lost by doing the unthinkable – researching an issue, evolving, and changing his mind.


20 Responses to “Senator Mark Grisanti On His Marriage Equality Vote”

  1. Buffalo Rude June 25, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    A Republican you can be proud of. Watch out for airborne swine.

    I dedicate my Saturday-morning-gotta-clean-the-apartment bong rip to Mark. Ya done good, Grisanti, Live and let Love.

  2. Mike in Florida June 25, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I had the pleasure (thanks in part to WNYMEDIA) of watching it live.  

    It’s so unique (unfortunately) that maybe it ought be memorialized … “he Grisanti’d” = to alter one’s politically charged, party-driven position after investing the time to personally research the underlying issues in an honest, intellectual fashion.

  3. Chris Smith June 25, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Thank you, Senator Grisanti. And thank you to your professional and courteous staff who have dealt with a barrage of media requests and tens of thousands of constituent phone calls.

    Proving yet again that when you elect a man of honor, you get honorable and considerate decisions.

  4. whitney June 25, 2011 at 9:01 am #

    Thank you Senator!

  5. buffaloobserver June 25, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    A true “Profile in Courage”!

  6. rtc June 25, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    You won’t get my vote nor my family’s.

  7. LewZer June 25, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    What an AssHat Grisanti turned out to be. Pathetic Speech as well. He assured himself of never being elected to public office again! I can not believe this day has come where these deviant perverted freaks get the same rights as us NORMAL, NON-DEVIANT responsible adults. This is a travesty and a SAD,SAD day. Hopefully we can get the US Supreme Court to dictate that marriage is between a man and a woman and not between Carpet Munchers and Hershey Highway riders. Sad Sad Day to be in NYS!!!

  8. rastamick June 25, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Yes and marriage has been so well handled by the missionary positioned straight society that now it’s time to let everyone in on the fun. How ironic that someone who thinks of themself as a NORMAL, NON-DEVIANT can sit there at the puter calling people carpet munchers and hershey highway riders. Newsflash Mr. Non Deviant : do you really think straight folks don’t engage in those 2 acts you have so maturely described with the maturity of a 7th grade boy’s locker room? Oh that loving Supreme Court will come to our rescue now too ? Maybe they can declare corporations gay and allow them to marry since they have all the same rights as people. It’s a great day to be a New Yorker, Excelsior, bitch. 

  9. Mike in Florida June 25, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    What came through loud and clear in the Senator’s speech was a man who – when faced with effectively legislating personal religious convictions on one hand and protecting the civil rights of a minority on the other – showed what an American chooses.

    He made me proud to be from NY and proud to be a lawyer.   He (and many of his colleagues) did justice to far more people and principles than just those directly impacted by this particular piece of legislation.

    The opposition that comes will likely show its wisdom in the quality and depth of its logic, as it has historically done every time that civil rights have been recognized.

  10. Rob June 25, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Way to go Sen. Grisanti.

  11. Brian Wood June 25, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    Good on Grisanti–a thoughtful decision. Not like the bigotries of people who set their moral compasses by the musing of ignorant bronze and iron age goathumpers.

    “Faith”–anti-woman, anti-progress, anti-science, anti-reason, anti-human–is an evil to be extirpated as surely as we should root out injustice, poverty, hunger, cruelty and other great evils.

  12. May June 25, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Grisanti is a man of faith and he has shown that he is pro-all of the things you mentioned. Many of those 33 votes for gay marriage were cast by people of faith who understood that God respects human rights and dignity. You’ve clearly never been to a gay pride event or you would know that churches raise money and support the gay community all of the time. Maybe you should take your own advice and take your bigotry elsewhere.

  13. newwayofthinking June 25, 2011 at 3:23 pm #

    His vote was political, not moral. You can bet that Dean Skelos and others assured him that his new Senate district will look nothing like his old, and that he won’t have to answer to all those pesky black ministers who he asured he would never support gay marriage. Even the other “yes” vote by Steve Saland was political: he’s as old as dirt and won’t run again, so he gave ’em the vote.

    Folks, EVERYTHING these guys do in Albany is driven by politics. I’ve been told that Grisanti swapped his vote for a promise that the UB medical school piece was included in the SUNY 2020 legislation.
    Makes for a good story though.

  14. Jon Splett June 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    I’m glad he voted the way he did too but do we really need to blow the guy as a thank you?

    I’m pretty sure he’ll be voting quite a few more times in the Senate before next election. Maybe lets judge him on the totality of what he does in office, not the fact he managed to acknowledge basic civil rights.

    It’s okay to hold politicians to a higher bar than “Not a bigot”, even the ones on the Republican ticket. 

  15. ethan June 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    Well… I, for one, can acknowledge that a lot of political deal-making, not moral fortitude, drove his vote while still being grateful for it. let’s be fair- if he was a total asshat, no amount of deal making would have moved him. so at least his vote was available, unlike a bunch of other senators.

  16. Billy Bob June 26, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    I know you guys at WNYMedia are sighing relief that Grisanti voted this way after you backed his dumb-ass and helped spread all those lies about Thompson.

    How about Grisanti’s pledge to support independent redistricting? Oh, plausible deniability — he supports a constitutional convention that might change redistricting… BS

    And worst, Grisanti’s voice is straight out of Goodfellas. My god, please don’t talk!!! How yous doin?

  17. Clinton's Ditch June 26, 2011 at 8:25 am #


    While Mr. Paladino’s mistress might be against marriage equality, yet, I’m sure Senator Gallivan’s gay sister and cousin might be in support of Senator Grisanti’s action… Mark Grisanti proved he wasn’t just another one of the silly GOP machine officials that took orders from the Party at the expense of his *actual* constituents.

    Gay marriage already *was* legal per the Martinez decision which mandated the recognition of same-sex marriage that were legal in other jurisdictions (i.e. Canada, Iowa, New Hampshire, et al.). This vote now allows couples to initiate marriage *within* NYS. Gay marriages have been recognized (per Martinez) in NYS since 2004 – and yet frogs have not fallen from the sky, the Niagara River has not turned into blood nor have locusts leveled downtown Buffalo.

    Get a life. Get a clue. Read something other than the label of your beer bottle.

    You make Jesus vomit…

    Senator Grisanit made a courageous vote – he did his research, thought about the issue and acted accordingly. How may elected officials from WNY?

  18. DJ June 26, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    @Billy Bob

    “….and helped spread all those lies about Thompson.”

    Thanks for the laugh on this dreary morning!

  19. Pico June 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    I guess he was against it just before he was for it , Then advised the voters who he told he was against it, that he was just kidding. A judgeship from the Gov is now in play .

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