City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly gay, broke down in tears when discussing the rejection of same-sex marriage legislation in the State Senate yesterday.
Quinn said that outside political factors may have made the vote a more difficult choice for some senators, but the results are still painful.
“At the end of the day, people did the wrong thing. And at the end of the day, there are a lot of–there may, in fact, be a lot of–very, in the abstract, fair political outside factors that make this vote very difficult for people. But I don’t care. You know, I uh–my father is 83 years old. Kim’s father is 83 years old. Our mothers died when we were girls, coincidentally. I was 16; Kim was 17. So to have a room full of people who have never met me don’t think it’s fair to raise the likelihood that her father and my father can see us dance at our wedding…
So, I don’t really care about a coup. I don’t really care that people ganged up on Dee Dee Scozzafava, who is a courageous woman. What I care about is that my life isn’t any better today.”