For African-American Senators, a ‘Thorny Dilemma’ in the Politics of Same-Sex Marriage

ALBANY—State Senator Bill Perkins is for gay marriage. Most of his constituents in his majority African-American district, if the polling on this issue is any indication, are not.
“There’s no question that there are moments, in this case and other cases, where we have that thorny dilemma,” Perkins said. “Many of us who are elected to represent a community will have those moments, and our constituents, whether they agree with us or not, want us to do what we believe is the honest thing to do.”
He said that he will hold a forum on the issue in his district within the next several weeks, to promote dialogue and educate his community about the issue.

For African-American Senators, a ‘Thorny Dilemma’ in the Politics of Same-Sex Marriage