NY One Step Closer to Marriage Equality with Tim Kennedy Primary Win

Tonight NY state Senate candidate Tim Kennedy’s had a triumphant victory over anti-equality state senator William Stachowski in the SD 58 Democratic primary election. HRC endorsed Tim Kennedy, a pro-equality candidate, as part of the Campaign for New York Marriage, which aims to help re-elect senators who supported marriage equality, defeat incumbent opponents and elect fair-minded candidates to open seats.

“Tonight voters sent a clear message to lawmakers everywhere that taking a stand for equality is the right thing to do,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “With high reelection rates for incumbent state Senators, Tim Kennedy’s win is a tremendous victory for treating every New Yorker with dignity and respect.”

“I would like to thank the Human Rights Campaign for the assistance they have provided in my effort to change Albany,” Kennedy said. “HRC staff and volunteers played a key role in ensuring a major victory.”

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. As part of the campaign, HRC endorsed Tim Kennedy and provided direct contributions, staff resources and volunteers to his campaign. Unfortunately two endorsees – Charlie Ramos and Lynn Nunes – were not successful in their primaries today.

HRC’s New York PAC has raised over 0,000 so far this election cycle and mobilized its 70,000 members in the state. HRC’s involvement in New York state elections dates back to 2007, when HRC endorsed pro-equality candidate Craig Johnson from Long Island won a seat in the state Senate that had been held by anti-equality senators for over 100 years.

Solmonese added, “With marriage equality hanging on the balance as we look toward November, this is a critical election season in New York. The Empire State will be a national leader in fight for equality.”


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—  John Wright

NY Primary Elections Tomorrow – Support Sens. That Support Us

The following is from HRC Regional Field Director Sultan Shakir:

For the past few months, I’ve been working across the state of New York, talking with our members in targeted state Senate districts about our Campaign for New York Marriage. The goals of the campaign are focused; to defeat state senators who voted against marriage and to elect candidates who support equality.

This weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting up with state Senator Toby Ann Stavisky (Queens) who was hard at work in Bay Terrace campaigning for re-election.  Stavisky, who was a co-sponsor of the marriage equality bill, is running a solid campaign for re-election.

It’s been amazing to see the growth in excitement and activism since 2007 when I worked with our members to help elect Craig Johnson on Long Island in his special election.  From that tipping-point race to tomorrow’s primary, our members have been out in force helping to elect candidates who support equality.  Thank you to all of our members who are helping to advance equality and here’s to victory!


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—  John Wright

FLORIDA: Anti-Gay AG Bill McCollum LOSES Gubernatorial GOP Primary

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, the man who paid Dr. George “Rentboy” Rekers 0,000 in his bid to keep gay adoption illegal, has lost his GOP primary bid to become his state’s next governor.

Former health-care executive Rick Scott clung to a narrow lead over Attorney General Bill McCollum on Tuesday night in the race for the Republican nomination for governor, as the most-expensive primary — and one of the ugliest — in Florida history staggered to a bitter conclusion. News services began calling the race for Scott shortly before 11 p.m. With 89 percent of precincts reporting, Scott had 47 percent of the vote to McCollum’s 43 percent, a lead he had held most of the night. A third GOP candidate, Mike McCalister, garnered a respectable 10 percent for having spent only ,000 — a vote some attributed to voter disgust with the two leading candidates.

GOP winner Rick Scott is an teabagger anti-gay scumbag too, but we’ll worry about him when he faces Democrat Alex Sink in November. For now, let’s fucking celebrate the loss of Pig McCollum.

UPDATE: McCollum’s concession speech continued his pandering to bigots: “My campaign for Governor may be over, but I remain committed to serving our state and serving out the rest of my term as Florida’s Attorney General. We will continue our fight against Obamacare, continue to support states’ rights and their authority to crack down on illegal immigration and fight for all Floridians.”

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Gonzalez leading Chavez in Texas House race

Back on April 4, John Wright pointed out here on Instant Tea the gay-baiting going on in the Democratic Primary runof race in District 76 between incumbent Rep. Norma Chavez and challenger Naomi Gonzalez, where Chavez decided to try and give herself an edge by declaring Gonzalez to be a lesbian.

Well, it looks like it didn’t work:  As of 11:30 tonight, the Texas Secretary of State’s Web site was reporting that with 30 of 37 precincts reporting, Gonzalez is ahead, 52.49 percent to 47.50 percent. I’m not positive about this, but I don’t think the Democratic nominee will face a Republican challenger in the general election; at least, I didn’t find any Republican candidates listed in that district on the Secretary of State Web site.

And as John pointed out earlier, Gonzalez never said she wasn’t a lesbian, so …… Maybe the Lone Star State will finally have an LGBT person in the Legislature again? Of course, Gonzalez hasn’t said she is a lesbian, either, so the position of “openly LGBT legislator” remains, at this time, empty.

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Democrats gathering at Ozona for election results

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Kris Martin

Anonymous partyer at the Democratic Party election watch party. And, by the way, she is not a crook.

—  David Taffet