Chris Quinn hails wins by pro-marriage candidates in New York primaries

Posted by Celeste Katz on

"City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wasn’t claiming outright victory in Tuesday’s primary contests by candidates who favor legalizing the freedom to marry in NY, but she did say 'the trend' is tipping in favor of that happening, reports our Frank Lombardi:

“'If you look at the results of Tuesday, Toby Stavisky had a very, very aggressive challenge,' Quinn said of the veteran Queens Democratic senator and supporter of marriage equality who fended off two challengers in the primary.

"'If you look at upstate New York, the senator (Bill Stachowski of Buffalo, who) was the anti-marriage candidate, so to speak, lost to a pro-marriage candidate,' Quinn continued during her pre-session press conference, referring to the defeat of one of the eight Democratic senators who had voted against the freedom to marry bill last December, when it lost by a 38-to-24 vote.

“In the Huntley-Nunez race, (Lynn) Nunez did lose, Shirley Huntley won, “ Quinn acknowledged, referring to the Queens incumbent senator who was another of the eight Democrats who had opposed marriage for same-sex couples and earned the enmity of pro-marriage supporters and gay-rights activists.

“That’s one example (of a loss), one is far from a lot, and I think that any reporting that there was somehow a trend would be inaccurate… I’m not sure that there are any more (races) than the Nunez-Huntley race out there that show a place where that was a central issue (and ) the pro-marriage candidate not prevailing.”

... "Quinn did not mention two other members of the No-Equality Eight who won’t be around for another marriage-bill vote: Hiram Monserrate, who was booted out of the Senate over his broken-glass assault of his girlfriend and George Onorato, the 27-year incumbent who opted not to run again this year.

“'Races are complicated,' Quinn continued. 'And there’s a lot of different issues involved: how well campaigns are run, who has the most amount in institutional support, who has the most money. There are a lot complicated factors, and I don’t think that any race can ever be boiled down to one singular issue. And I don’t think you can ever draw a conclusion about one issue from the results of one or two races. I believe that the vast majority of New Yorkers want elected officials who respect and affirm all families. And I believe most New Yorkers want people like that in office. Am I sad that there are still elected officials in office that don’t view my family as worthy as theirs? I’m very saddened by that, yes, but I don’t believe it’s a trend. I believe the trend is for equality [in] New York, not against it.'

"Asked if she was was encouraged by the outcome of the primary that there will be more support in the Senate when the marriage equality bill comes up again, she said, 'Look, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. It’s a couple of days after the primary and I’m still tired from Eric Scheiderman’s results coming in, it was too late. So I don’t want to get ahead of myself and say what I will or won’t be encouraged by after the November's election. I’m very committed to working as hard as I can to make sure we have the most pro-equality State Senate we’ve ever had. If we have the most pro-equality State Senate we’ve ever had that puts us in a better position, because I believe we will have a governor who is — as our two prior governors have been — pro-equality for all families. I think those two together will hopefully change the playing field. I believe that’s what we have, but we won’t know until the day after Election Day.'”

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