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New York, USA: One GOP Marriage Equality Supporter Wins, One May Have Lost

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

New York, USA: One GOP Marriage Equality Supporter Wins, One May Have LostThe closely watched New York state senate elections brought mixed results Tuesday, as Senator Mark Grisanti declared victory while Senator Stephen Saland, who joined him in supporting marriage equality legislation last year, appeared to be losing his bid for reelection.

Both Grisanti and Saland faced primary challenges from opponents backed by the National Organization For Marriage. Grisanti, a freshman from Buffalo, easily won his primary in which he was criticized for his marriage equality vote. Saland, an 11-term incumbent from Poughkeepsie, narrowly emerged from his primary and later received an endorsement from Governor Andrew Cuomo, the popular Democrat who spearheaded the push for the legislation.

In the general election, Grisanti took 50% of the vote in a four-way race with 94% of precincts reporting, according to the Buffalo News. His Democratic opponent, Mike Amodeo, took 36% of the vote, while Charles Swanick, who was backed by NOM and ran as the candidate for the Conservative Party of New York State, received 12%.

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New York, USA: GOP State Senator Attacked Over Marriage Equality Support

Monday, September 10th, 2012

NY GOP State Senator Attacked Over Marriage Equality SupportNew York state Sen. Mark Grisanti was one of the four Republicans who pushed same-sex marriage into the win column. Since then he’s been the subject of relentless attacks by NOM, who has vowed to unseat him this fall.

The source of the above flyer is not yet clear, but Buzzfeed reporter Chris Geidner is chasing down rumors that it may have come from a failed Buffalo mayoral candidate.

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NY: Conservative Party Drops Endorsement for GOP Senator Who Voted for Marriage Equality

Monday, February 27th, 2012

New York Senator Mark Grisanti and Marriage EqualityA New York Republican senator is losing the backing of his local Conservative Party because he voted in favor of marriage equality last year.

In New York, a state that allows candidates to run on tickets for more than one political party, the Conservative Party largely backs Republican candidates. Instead of endorsing incumbent state senator Mark Grisanti, party chairman Ralph C. Lorigo said Grisanti no longer had the trust of the party after initially saying he was against marriage equality before voting for the bill in 2011.

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NY: Gays Join Conservative Party to Protect Senator Grisanti

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

New York GOP Senator Mark GrisantiMore 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.

The reason? Organizers say they’re trying to protect someone who helped them – State Senator Mark Grisanti (R-Buffalo).

Last June, Grisanti, who campaigned as an opponent of same-sex marriage, cast a vote crucial to legalizing it in New York State. The vote drew both applause and vilification. It also seriously jeopardized his chances at re-election.

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NY: Senator Grisanti (R) Voted for Marriage Equality Because He Couldn’t Come Up With a Legal Reason Not To

Saturday, June 25th, 2011

Senator Mark GrisantiNew York State Senator Mark Grisanti and three additional Republicans in the Senate on Friday helped make New York the sixth – and most populous – state in the nation to legalize gay marriage. Before casting his vote, Grisanti told fellow lawmakers that he couldn’t find a legal reason to oppose marriage equality.

Grisanti said he previously opposed such unions because of his religious upbringing. “The issue of same-sex marriage was never a strong topic of discussion among family and friends. I simply opposed it in the Catholic sense of my upbringing.”

“As a Catholic, I was raised to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. I’m not here, however, as a senator who is just Catholic. I’m also here with a background as an attorney. To which I look at things and I apply reason.”

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NY: Senator Grisanti Feels the Pressure on Marriage Equality Vote

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Senator Mark GrisantiThe New York Senate has still not decided if and when it will vote on a marriage equality bill. Another NY Senator “on the fence” over the marriage equality vote is Mark Grisanti of Buffalo but he is being threatened and pressured by Conservative Party chairman Ralph Lorigo, the Buffalo News reports:

Grisanti, who barely won election in 2010 in an overwhelmingly Democratic district, could face an uphill battle again in 2012 depending on how district lines are reapportioned. Winning the top minor-party line on the ballot could be crucial. But Lorigo said the line could be in jeopardy if Grisanti votes for the bill to allow same-sex marriage.

“This is about a small and militant portion of gays and lesbians who want to call it marriage,” Lorigo said, reiterating his support for the concept of civil unions. “But I have told Mark: ‘If you do it, I don’t know if I can help you in the future.’ ”

Grisanti said late Thursday that politics will not guide his decision. “My vote will not be based on anything political and whether I keep or lose an endorsement,” he said, adding that he remains undecided.

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