On Staten Island, Mixed Views on Gay Marriage

State Senator Andrew Lanza, who holds a crucial vote on the same-sex marriage bill being considered in Albany, represents a Staten Island constituency with a higher percentage of Republicans than is found in New York City’s other boroughs.

What do the constituents of Senator Lanza, a Republican, think of the bill? We took a sampling of about a dozen voters there on Friday and came up with a mix of supporters and opponents.

Jack and Anne Marie Deuble said they supported the bill, despite feeling pressure, as Roman Catholics, to oppose it.

Mrs. Deuble cautioned, “You know, it’s not easy being married — did they think about that?” Her husband, Jack Deuble, also a supporter of the bill, joked, “At this point, let them get married — let them suffer like the rest of us.”

Joe Gelo, a tile installer, said he had many gay friends and had no problem with homosexuality, but added that he did object to legalizing same-sex marriage, and especially to allowing gay couples to adopt children.

“When you’re dealing with trying to raise a child in that environment, I don’t agree with it,” he said.

Another tile installer, Luigi Calcaterra, added: “Think about that kid who got made fun of, that his mom and dad are both boys, and the kid’s catching a beating everyday.”

Paulie Inchierchiera, a bodybuilder who owns a gym, said, “They don’t have to get married in a Catholic church, so I don’t think the Catholic church should have any bearing on what they do.”

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