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New York Conservative Party Threatens Pro-Equality Lawmakers

The Conservative Party of New York State has passed a resolution that any state senators supporting supporting marriage equality will lose their support, the NY Daily News reports:

Long The party’s executive committee today passed a resolution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.
But the key passage of the resolution is this: “Be it resolved that any elected official or potential candidate who does not support marriage as defined between one man and one woman, shall not have their name appear on Row C, the New York State Conservative Party position on election ballots, in any election.”

The resolution was passed by the entire committee:

State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long (pictured)  said the executive committee wanted lawmakers to know, despite the arguments to the contrary by some, that it is serious on the issue: “The party has made it very clear that traditional marriage is a line in the sand and a very important issue,” Long said.

The National Organization for Marriage, which is co-sponsoring this weekend's hate march with Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. in the Bronx, announced a million-dollar fund earlier this week to oppose any lawmaker who dares to support equality.

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  1. and as usual NOM wont report WHERE/WHOM there Mysterious Moneys are coming from?

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | May 12, 2011 4:49:04 PM

  2. Who? The "conservative" party? Never heard of 'em.

    A declaration like this from such an organization likely will carry all the influence of an official resolution from the Whigs.

    Posted by: The Milkman | May 12, 2011 4:54:49 PM

  3. The NY Independence Party should offer the ballot line to any Republican who votes for marriage equality as long as the Democratic Party legislator has not held the ballot line in the previous election.

    Posted by: Matt Munson | May 12, 2011 5:29:12 PM

  4. Just what we need, more crotchety old white men who can't get laid telling us how to live our lives

    Posted by: Jesus | May 12, 2011 5:44:30 PM

  5. I guess Newt's name won't be on that line...since he believes marriage is between one man and three women.

    Posted by: Tony | May 12, 2011 6:15:11 PM

  6. Isn't this considered intimidation ?

    Posted by: mark | May 12, 2011 6:31:51 PM

  7. Since NOM and it's Conservative lackeys could never win a discussion about the continuing denial of equality on its merits (nor do they even want to conduct one), all they have left is thug tactics like this.

    Posted by: Gianpieroo | May 12, 2011 7:00:29 PM

  8. FCK YOU BIGOT PARTY any of that group that have a conscience and support equality should willingly leave and enjoy a clean conscience

    Posted by: curtis | May 12, 2011 9:10:33 PM

  9. The wording of the resolution is very curious and open to broad interpretation. It says:

    "Be it resolved that any elected official or potential candidate who does not support marriage as defined between one man and one woman..."

    When one would think, just so there's no wiggle room, it would say something like:

    "Be it resolved that any elected official or potential candidate who supports marriage between members of the same sex..."

    It likely won't be interpreted this way, but as written a politician could say, Of course I support marriage as defined between a man and a woman. I also support marriage between members of the same sex.

    You'd think the hateful bastards would have covered their asses better. Morons.

    Posted by: Paul R | May 12, 2011 10:31:21 PM

  10. the last candidate pushed for governor had a mistress a bastard kid sons who rented space to gay clubs so a real family value candidate.
    also went down to one of the biggest defeats in state history. they are nothing party in new york.

    Posted by: walter | May 12, 2011 10:55:50 PM

  11. This is actually amusing. Their resolution may help the cause of gay marriage, because nobody who's still breathing wants to be affiliated with this creepy old guy's party.

    Posted by: Joe in CT | May 13, 2011 12:04:48 AM

  12. For those outside of NYS, we have cross-endorsing by parties hence a candidate can run on a Republican, Conservative and Snotnose party line and the votes are totalled. Our ballots are a bad (and sometimes confusing) joke with as many as 10 parties and some candidates running with 3 lines.

    The Conservative Party actually is the third largest in the state, but is more a patronage machine than a political party.

    The (so-called) Liberal Party imploded a number of years ago, and by that point it was LINO (liberal in name only) and a lot of folks said, "Good riddance."

    Posted by: esther blodgett | May 13, 2011 9:51:16 AM

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