From a press release forwarded by Facebook's Defeat New York State Senator Carl Kruger in 2010.
“Throughout my fifteen years in the Senate I have supported and advocated passionately for legislation that furthers the cause of human rights and fairness for all.
[Blah Blah Blah].
“Our American government was crafted to function as a representative government. Fifteen years ago, when I voted in support of the death penalty, I was mindful of this fact. We are elected to serve the voters -- those who entrusted us with the mission of advocating for their best interests. It is my belief that the overriding sentiment of the district must merit my utmost attention and respect.
“Therefore, I voted no to the same-sex marriage bill.”
We don't elect leaders to rubber-stamp whatever prejudices we happen to hold at a given moment in history. We elect them to lead.