2011-10-07 / Top Stories

NOM Targets Huntley On Gay Marriage

By Howard Schwach

A national organization dedicated to traditional marriage values has painted a target on the backs of several New York State legislators, including State Senator Shirley Huntley, who represents Broad Channel, as well as a large portion of Brooklyn.

Huntley has been targeted, officials say, because of her support of the recently-passed Marriage Equality Act. Joseph Addabbo Jr. and other local politicians who supported the act were not targeted, however.

“The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) recently announced that it has launched a billboard campaign in the districts of state Senators Mark Grisanti, Stephen Saland, James Alesi and Shirley Huntley to hold them accountable for their vote last June to redefine marriage in New York,” the organization said in a prepared statement.

The new billboards say of the individual state Senator, “You’re Next” in reference to the defeat of David Weprin in the 9th Congressional District. NOM funded a major independent expenditure campaign in the Weprin race, making his vote to redefine marriage a decisive issue in his defeat in a district Democrats have held since the early 1920s.

“Just like David Weprin discovered earlier this month when he faced voters after redefining marriage, Mark Grisanti, Stephen Saland, James Alesi, Roy McDonald and Shirley Huntley will soon discover that the people of New York will not sit idly by while the institution of marriage is redefined without voters having any say in the matter,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM. “NOM and our ‘Let The People Vote’ coalition will not rest until these legislators are turned out of office and the people of New York are allowed to vote on the definition of marriage.”

NOM has committed $2 million to the “Let the People Vote” effort, including $40,000 on the billboard campaign. Previously NOM funded mailers into the districts of the state Senators, organized rallies in four cities that drew more than 15,000 demonstrators and helped defeat David Weprin in the recent 9th Congressional District special election.

Huntley previously told The Wave that she supported same sex marriage because that is what her constituents wanted her to do.

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