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Watch: Activists Confront NY Anti-Gay Marriage Democrat Joe Addabbo at His Birthday Fundraiser in Queens


NY State Senator Joe Addabbo had a birthday party/campaign fundraiser in Queens yesterday and several activists at Queer Rising crashed the party to remind Democrat Addabbo and his constituents of his "no" vote on marriage equality last December.

Yelled one activist: "Joe Addabbo, you took hundreds of thousands of dollars from the gay community based on a lie. You were promising votes for marriage. You lied to us!"

Addabbo told the activists they could stick around, though they were confronted by party attendees, one of whom yelled at them, "I want him to vote against gay marriage."

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. You go guys!!!! Thanks for doing this!!!!

    Posted by: Dr. Curt | May 24, 2010 8:47:11 AM

  2. Sen. Addabbo represents Howard Beach, a community with a long, sad history of homophobia and bigotry. That being said, Addabbo should have thought twice when accepting campaign money from the LGBT community, in a district so dead-set against us...

    Posted by: Nathan James | May 24, 2010 9:13:18 AM

  3. NICE WORK, Gentlemen!!!!

    Posted by: peterparker | May 24, 2010 9:44:24 AM

  4. the queens LGBT community should identify someone to run against booboo in the primary and put in the same effort to defeat booboo as they did to elect him. here is clear case they the dems have caused more harm than good and need to go.he should never see another dollar from the LGBT voters.

    Posted by: walter | May 24, 2010 10:24:21 AM

  5. Nathan : How is Howard Beach homophobic? I know gays who live there with no problem.

    Posted by: JT | May 24, 2010 11:17:13 AM

  6. Great work! The democratic party platform is INCLUSIVE, this jerk needs to become a republican if he wants to throw down w/ the haters

    Posted by: ty | May 24, 2010 1:44:40 PM

  7. Direct Action gets results - I love it !

    Ya wanna change the world? Get Active.

    Posted by: Lauren | May 24, 2010 3:47:17 PM

  8. Louder. Bolder. Ruder.

    We won't get equal until we raise our voices and irritate most of our fellow citizens. We need to express our anger and intimidate others. Even Obama is now frightened because Dan Choi risked his life to end DADT.

    We should interrupt every political event and DEMAND attention. We should make life uncomfortable for everyone that disagrees with us. DEMANDING is the only thing that works.

    Thank you QueerRising and GetEQUAL for showing us the path to victory.

    Posted by: Justin_Activist | May 24, 2010 4:10:03 PM

  9. $.5 million bucks for this lowlife? And talk about a guido! They just need some sinatra playing in the background to complete the look. And love the nod to "the wife," as he probably refers to her..."she's got the hardest job"...fucking douchebag.

    Posted by: TANK | May 24, 2010 4:16:42 PM

  10. GetEQUAL is blazing the path. Tomorrow we will be embarrassing the President again. Join us or thank us - it's your choice. We're making history.

    Posted by: Justin_Activist | May 24, 2010 4:55:27 PM

  11. Has GetEQUAL set up their donation web page yet?

    Guys, get it together. You have A LOT of supporters throughout the nation who want to support you finacially.

    You are the GLBT activists of TODAY!

    Go GetEqual!

    Posted by: FunMe | May 24, 2010 9:28:20 PM

  12. Riveting political theater. Sen. Addabbo has written his own political obituary; if he votes like a Republican, progressives have no reason to vote for him. Queer Rising and its representatives are wonderful. Thanks, folks!

    Posted by: Bruce | May 24, 2010 9:37:16 PM

  13. Joe must go. Joe must go. F yeah. Bravo, men. Now make sure Joe goes :-).

    Posted by: cheerio | May 25, 2010 2:59:07 AM

  14. This was a Queer Rising action, and while many QR members participate regularly in GetEqual actions, GE had nothing to do with this event. We voted to make this an official QR event, and all funds used to execute this embarrassment were ours alone.

    Donate here:

    Thanks, all, for your kind words. We need to step up and get this done!

    Posted by: Rich Murray | May 26, 2010 10:30:01 AM

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