Diane Savino, New York State Senator, Challenges 'Sanctity' of Marriage

Today, the New York Senate rejected the proposed gay marriage bill, which would legalize the practice state-wide. But the debate over the matter got particularly interesting when state Senator Diane Savino took the microphone and challenged the idea of protecting the "sanctity of marriage." In this day of reality TV and infidelities, she argued, "sanctity" doesn't apply to very many marriages.

NY State Senator Diane Savino questioned the idea of "sanctity" in marriage (NYrealestatelawblog.com)
According to the New York Daily News, Savino asked the room what the "sanctity" of marriage even means, pointing out how ridiculous it is that she can marry a man she hardly knows, but a same-sex couple who loves each other is denied the same option. She said of her colleague Senator Tom Duane and his partner, "I have never been able to maintain a relationship of the quality and length that they have. We have nothing to fear from love and commitment. My only hope, Tom, is that we pass this bill and the governor signs it and that we can learn from you, and that you don't learn from us."

Watch her speech below:

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