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GOP State Senators Who Supported Gay Marriage in Primary Cliffhangers

Friday, September 14, 2012

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Two New York Republican state senators who supported gay marriage last year are in virtual ties with their GOP opponents in vote counts from Thursday's primaries. 

State Senator Roy McDonald, from the Saratoga Springs area, and State Senator Stephen Saland, from Poughkeepsie, are ahead of their respective opponents by fewer than 100 votes each, according to Associated Press tallies. The outcomes of those primaries now depend on absentee ballots and certification of numbers reported election night.

In a moment of high drama in June 2011, Saland, McDonald, Mark Grisanti of Buffalo and a fourth Republican, who retired, joined Democrats and Governor Andrew Cuomo in legalizing gay marriage in New York state, making New York the largest state in the nation to support gay marriage. 

Gay marriage opponents, including the state conservative party, vowed electoral retribution, and primary election results suggested they may have achieved that aim.  McDonald, running against Saratoga County clerk Kathleen Marchione, was considered the more vulnerable, but Saland’s near-loss surprised the political establishment, which generally considered the incumbent, who has served more than two decades, safe.

Saland is from the Hudson Valley, an area generally considered fiscally conservative but socially liberal.

New York State Public Radio's Karen DeWitt discussed the tight election results with WNYC's Amy Eddings.

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Comments [2]

mercedes from cortlandt manor

Republican anti-gay senatorial candidates, "Get off it!" It's time to govern, not judge. And quite frankly, your consituants are being used by you and you are being used by your constituants. "Marriage" was made by humans, not a god. We used to be hunter-gatherers and men would just come though communities to be selected by the women of the village for their positive traits. Women managed and governed the community and the menwould move on. Marriage was an attempt to organize this world and unfortunately lost ground with decisions (and power) in the community. It became very convenient for religions and the patriarchy to "create rules, both governmental and societal" that came down in their favor. My point... Marriage is a human-made institution. Religions should not be deciding who loves whom AND religions should not be controlling my government. Our forefathers fought for that long ago. I have to question one's intent and, quite frankly, intelligence--citizen or senatorial candidate--when they use this in an election.

Sep. 15 2012 08:20 AM
R. Daughtry from Atlanta, GA

This left-over Geo. Bush and Carl Rove social arch-conservatism and oppostion to gay marriage and gay rights are going to cost Romney the election. He was a star candidate, with everything going for him except judgement. He listened to the old-line Bush conservatives and it will cost him the election and he knows better. They will all lose in 2012. There are maybe 20 million gay people in the US with parents and we vote! The Republican Party is going to have to move into the future and they are stuck with 1950 ideas!!!! Gay marriage is no big deal and when it passes it will just fade away and be no more of a consequence than red hair or being left handed. It is here and now folk, accept it!

Sep. 14 2012 08:40 PM

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