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NY gay marriage opponent loses bid to reclaim state senate seat

NY gay marriage opponent loses bid to reclaim state senate seat

Gay rights activists in New York, buoyed by the state senate defeat of gay marriage opponent Hiram Monserrate, are renewing their fight to legalize same-sex marriage in New York, hoping to bring the issue back to the Senate floor as early as next year.

This week, Fight Back New York claimed victory when a candidate who has a record of supporting gay marriage won a special election to succeed Monserrate, who voted against the marriage bill in December.

Tonight we celebrate the defeat of Hiram Monserrate and the election of pro-equality Senator-elect Jose Peralta.

Since we launched three weeks ago, Fight Back New York has been about you — you and hundreds of thousands of people across New York and the country who are tired of seeing LGBT New Yorkers treated like second-class citizens by the 38 State Senators who voted against marriage equality.

This victory is yours.

Angered by the last year’s defeat of the gay marriage bill, a group of well-financed gay rights advocates launched the political action committee to take aim at state senators who have opposed same-sex marriage.

Monserrate, a Democrat from Queens, filed as an Independent candidate in a special election to reclaim the seat he lost after the State Senate expelled him on February 9. Monserrate was convitected for assaulting his girlfriend.

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