Legislator warns of HIV epidemic in New York if marriage equality becomes law While the debate over marriage equality continues to rage in Albany, one legislator from Clinton County, New York, fears that an HIV epidemic will break out in the Empire State if gay couples are allowed to marry. Sam Trombley (R), while at Wednesday nights meeting of the Clinton County legislature, voiced that he couldnt understand why the health department focused on tobacco and smoking, but not homosexuality. Im surprised the health department has not come out against this because we are going to have an HIV epidemic if this passes, Trombley said. Then, he attacked the very idea of homosexual relationships, saying that the idea blew his mind. You dont see two male dogs sleeping in the same dog house together, said Trombley. Apparently, Trombleys fellow legislatures were silent, some of them shaking their heads in disagreement as he spoke.