New York Republican Dismisses NOM’s Threats Over Marriage Vote As LGBT Community Rallies Behind Him

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has dedicated $2 million to defeat Republicans who helped pass New York’s same-sex marriage law, but the lawmakers in their cross hairs seem unfazed by the anti-gay advocates. Last week, a fundraiser in Manhattan is raised “about $1.25 million” for Republican marriage backers Sens. Mark Grisanti, James Alesi, Stephen Saland, and Roy McDonald — “a windfall by Albany standards.” “In the first six months of this year, state senators raised an average of $103,000 apiece, according to the New York Public Interest Research Group.”

The Republican senators are still defending their votes and dismissing NOM’s intimidation tactics. Yesterday, Grisanti responded to NOM’s threatening billboard, which simply says, “You’re Next“:

“To say, ‘you’re next,’ first of all I don’t know what they means,” said Grisanti. “If they want to come after me for a one issue vote that’s fine. That’s a category that they’re in. There’s other people out there that want this seat in order to change certain political structures in Albany. Whatever they’re going to do, they’re going to do and we’re just going to just keep moving forward.”

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Meanwhile, “More than 250 gay, lesbian, and same-sex marriage activists have officially registered as members of the Erie County Conservative Party, which strongly opposes same-sex marriage” in order to protect help Grisanti win the Conservative party nomination, which he may need to win re-election as a Republican.

An August poll from NY1/YNN-Marist showed that 55 percent of registered voters support same-sex marriage and 63 percent of registered voters oppose overturning the new law.