New York Senate Republicans rewarded for marriage equality votes

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October 15, 2011

New York

New York, NY: In June 2011, the New York State Senate passed historic marriage equality legislation - a first for a Republican-controlled legislative body. Four Republican state senators crossed party lines and voted for the marriage equality bill: James Alesi, Mark Grisanti, Roy McDonald and Stephen Saland. Since the vote, they have been criticized by opponents of marriage equality.

But on Thursday evening the four were honored, along with the Republican senate campaign committee, at a Manhattan fundraiser. Attendees spanned the political spectrum and included former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman, current chair of the Log Cabin Republicans of New York Gregory T. Angelo, Tea Party patron David Koch, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and countless others.

The event raised an impressive $1.2 million for the senators and their committee, and reinforced the idea that "a senator can vote for marriage equality and emerge victorious."[1]

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