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Lanza's Stance On Gay Marriage Has District Split

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With the same sex marriage bill possibly one vote away from being passed in Albany, the pressure is on for the remaining lawmakers -- including one from Staten Island -- who have not taken a firm stance on the bill. NY1's Vivian Lee filed the following report.

Voters living in Staten Island's Eltingville neighborhood say they're split over whether or not State Senator Andrew Lanza should support the same sex marriage bill.

"I hope he goes against it. Marriage should be between a man and a woman," said one Eltingville resident.

"Marriage shouldn't be restricted to just a man and a woman. Love is love," said another.

Supporters of the bill already have the votes they need in the State Assembly. One more vote and it would have enough to clear the State Senate.

While speaking to reporters in Albany on Tuesday, Lanza signalled his "no" stance could change.

"This is the first time I find myself in the position where I am struggling to ascertain what the right thing to do here is," he said.

Some residents who spoke with NY1 expressed cynicism, saying Lanza's stance may be purely political.

"They waffle, I don't think you should do that. You should know where you stand before becoming a politician, and what you were elected to do," said one resident.

With a vote possibly coming as early as Friday, the only conclusion in the district is that it promises to be a squeaker. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP