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Ball Tweets: How Would You Vote?

State Sen. Greg Ball (R,C- Patterson) is just one of a few state senators whose vote could decide the gay marriage legislation in the New York legislature.

Ball, whose district includes Peekskill, Yorktown, Somers, Mount Kisco and Bedford has said he believes the final bill needs to have protections for religious institutions and individuals who will perform marriage ceremonies.

After several days of residents and non-residents posting on Ball’s facebook and twitter pages, he posed the question himself.

“Opening up the discussion! So, if you were me, how would you vote on gay marriage? Yes or No?” read the state senator’s tweet on June 17. Since then, the tweets and facebook responses have not stopped. In a count done Tuesday afternoon, well over 100 individuals posted their opinion on Sen. Ball’s facebook page in the span of one hour, not including the threads of comments and arguments that often follow each wall post.

Last week a facebook group titled, “ Let's get Senator Greg Ball to vote YES on marriage equality! ” was formed by some of the more constant posters of Greg Ball's facebook calling for people to call and write Ball about the legislation. After his tweet last week, it has gone viral and has been retweeted and answered by twitter users throughout the United States, and elsewhere.

Ball also appeared on CNN Monday to answer questions about his official stand on the vote, which is still currently undecided.

“We’re not talking about passage of civil unions, which I think would pass right away and very easily--we have a governor whose pushing to get full marriage equality,” Ball said on the show. “And to that extent there need to be real religious protections in any final piece of legislation—I’ve been fighting for that for a couple of weeks now, the governor at first had a knee jerk reaction against it, but I believe that we will finally see some real religious protections in any final bill.” Without those protections, Ball has said he is a firm no vote on the bill.

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