YNN Video: Same-Sex Marriage Vote Could Hurt Senate Republicans


Your News Now adds to the outlets reporting the post-SSM woes of the four flip-flopping Republican senators in New York:

Their votes in favor of same-sex marriage garnered them praise and campaign cash from advocates. But two of the four Republican senators who broke ranks and voted for the law are now facing challenges from their right flank.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, a Republican from the Capital Region, is gearing up to face Senator Roy McDonald. Senator Mark Grisanti, a Buffalo freshman, lost the coveted endorsement last week of the Erie County Conservative Party.

...McLaughlin, who said Wednesday in telephone interview that he was planning to make a decision on the race soon, is picking up support from the Saratoga County GOP establishment.

It's a potentially troubling development for Senate Republicans, who hold a narrow 32 to 29 majority. But lobbyists opposed to gay marriage said the opposition to the incumbents is more complicated than just their yes votes.

"Particular with Senator McDonald it's an issue of really a flip flop on tax increases, there's been some union issues there that Republican voters are concerned about. In Buffalo with Grisanti it's a question of integrity. People there are saying if you can't trust him on the vote for same-sex marriage, what can you trust him on," said Rev. Jason McGuire, from NYers For Constitutional Freedoms.