.- Responding to reports that the New York Senate could vote on same-sex âmarriageâ today, the New York State Catholic Conference noted that opinion polls âroutinely overstateâ support for the redefinition of marriage. The Conference argued that New York citizens do not want the legislature to redefine marriage.
The Conferenceâs executive director Richard E. Barnes issued a statement on Tuesday which noted the success of Maineâs Question 1, which overturned the Maine legislatureâs approval of same-sex âmarriage.â
âJust last month in Maine, advocates for reinventing marriage outspent their opponents by two to one and still could not sway voters in that socially liberal state, who easily overturned a law passed by the Maine legislature, despite pre-vote polling predicting a dead heat,â Barnes said.
He commented that opinion polls âroutinely overstateâ support for âthis radical social experiment.â
âThere is no reason to believe the same is not true in New York. It would be wise for our Senators to keep in mind the lessons of Maine, California and all of the others states that have stood up in favor of marriage: The citizenry does not want their state legislature redefining marriage.â
âWe urge the New York State Senate to stand firm in defense of marriage. The people expect nothing less,â Barnesâ statement concluded.