Members of the Rockville Centre Tea Party Call for Dean Skelos's Resignation Over SSM



Members of the Rockville Centre Tea Party held a protest outside State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos’s district office on Front Street on July 15, prompting a spontaneous counterprotest by some patrons of the Vibe Lounge next door, during which the two groups of demonstrators traded verbal barbs.

The Tea Party protesters voiced opposition to Skelos’s decision to allow the same-sex marriage bill to be put to a vote on the floor of the Senate on June 24. They carried signs calling for voters to “dump” Skelos, and decried marriage between anyone other than a man and a woman.

Although Skelos voted against the bill, the Tea Party members said that his actions were not representative of the interests of his constituents.