New York Marriage Equality Update
November 10, 2010 by Carolyn Simon, Associate Director of Digital Media
They say everything comes in threes. On Election Night three new marriage equality supporters were elected in tight state Senate races: Tony Avella (Queens), David Carlucci (Rockland County), and Tim Kennedy (Buffalo). HRC played a key role in helping each of these wins by providing campaign staff, volunteers, and funds. Unfortunately, there are also three races that are still not officially called, and each Senator voted for marriage equality last year: Craig Johnson (Nassau County), Suzi Oppenheimer (Westchester), and Antoine Thompson (Erie County). Earlier this week the final Election Districts were tallied in Westchester.
Now, with only absentee, provisional, and military ballots remaining to be counted, marriage equality supporter Senator Oppenheimer is ahead by 504 votes. h District still needs to count approximately 4,000 absentee, provisional, or other ballots. Most observers believe these three elections will not be officially decided until November 24 or beyond, and there may be challenges. Party control of the Senate hangs in the balance of these three races. However, Senate leadership from both parties support a vote on marriage taking place. Time (and results of these three races) will tell. HRC’s Campaign for NY Marriage has and will continue to play a key role in the fight for marriage equality.
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