New York Pro-Equality Republican Senator Loses Party Support, But Not Over Marriage

New York state Sen. James Alesi (R) was one of several Republicans who supported marriage equality in last year’s crucial vote, and now it seems he may not get the support of the main Republican committee in his district. The National Organization for Marriage has been campaigning against Alesi’s re-election in retribution for endorsing same-sex marriage, but the New York Times reports that this was not a “decisive” factor for losing the nomination. The paper notes that most GOP leaders are concerned about a frivolous lawsuit Alesi filed last year against two of his constituents. A month after New York’s marriage law took effect, 55 percent of residents supported it, with 63 percent opposed overturning it. Though Alesi may have to petition for a primary and win it to ensure his name is on the ballot, there are currently no Republican challengers in the district.