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Mamaroneck Mixed on Passage of Gay Marriage Bill

MAMARONECK, N.Y. - The morning after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into law, Mamaroneck residents largely supported the bill, but others, like Andrew Lynch, sounded off on the controversial issue.

"I have gay friends and am all for them getting every right under the law that I have, but marriage was defined a long time ago as between a man and woman," said Lynch, while waiting to eat at Cafe Mozart on Mamaroneck Avenue Saturday morning.

Sitting right next to him on the outdoor patio, another Mamaroneck resident didn't hold back.

"Personally, I think it is an abomination, John Keagan said. "This is continuing the down-slide of the country."

Others, like Teresea Torrign and Pina Monachelli of Emily and Mary's Fine Gift Shop also on Mamaroneck Ave,, oppossed the bill on the basis of religion.

"I don't have anything against gay people, but for me it comes down to religion," Monachelli said. "To me, it's not a polictical thing.  To me it's more of a religious thing."

On the other side of the spectrum, Christina Giani and Cailan Cassidy were excited that the bill passed the New York State Senate by a vote of 33-29 and was signed into law at 11:55 p.m. Friday.

"I think it's excellent," said Giani, a Mamaroneck resident, who added she has a lot of gay friends that this bill will effect positively. Her friend Cassidy, visiting from Sugar Loaf, New York, said, "It's about time."

For Marriane Imperioli, the same-sex marriage bill getting voted into law was inevitable. "Sooner or later it was going to be passed," said, Imperioli, who wished it had been put on a ballot. "I'm not for or against it. I can understand one side, but as a Christian, I can understand the other side, too."

What do you think of New York State passing the Marriage Equality Act?

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