Hundreds Gather Outside Buffalo City Hall to Protest Grisanti Vote for SSM

Outside Buffalo City Hall, where 20 gay couples had earlier applied for marriage licenses, about 250 people gathered to remind state legislators that they won't forget the politicians who went back on their word and supported the Marriage Equality Act.

The day's main target was freshman State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, whose vote helped move the bill through the Republican-controlled Senate. Speakers called on the crowd to vote him and any other legislator who supported gay marriage out of office in 2012.

"The fact of the matter is that when you have an issue that affects the State of New York as this one does, the people should decide it by voting," the Rev. William Gillison of Mount Olive Baptist Church said in an interview.