Antigay democrat defeated in N.Y.

Posted by Julie Bolcer on advocate.com:

"New York state senator Bill Stachowski, one of eight senate Democrats who voted against the marriage equality bill last year, has conceded to his primary opponent Tim Kennedy. Two other efforts to defeat marriage equality opponents in the Bronx and Queens were not successful.

"News of the Stachowski concession began to trickle into Twitter around 10 p.m. The defeated incumbent from Buffalo said, 'It’s been a great 28 years.'

"The Human Rights Campaign, which endorsed Kennedy as part of its Campaign for New York Marriage, released a statement upon his win Tuesday night.

”'HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage has been working in cooperation with Fight Back New York, Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry and Marriage Equality New York to close the eight-vote gap blocking marriage equality in the New York state Senate,' said the statement. 'As part of the campaign, HRC endorsed Tim Kennedy and provided direct contributions, staff resources and volunteers to his campaign.' ...

... "However, a general election victory for Kennedy in November, and the future of marriage equality in New York, remain uncertain. Democrats hold a slim 32-30 majority in the senate. Last year, no Republicans voted for the marriage equality bill that failed by a 38-24 margin.

"'The win sets up Kennedy for a tough general-election fight against Republican Assemblyman Jack F. Quinn III of Hamburg that could determine whether Democrats retain control of the State Senate,' reported BuffaloNews.com."

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