Since four (out of 32) Republican senators put marriage equality over the top in New York, the Human Rights Campaign is pledging to help the GOP retain control of that legislative body. From The Capitol:
What the four Senate Republicans will have is strong support from gay rights groups, who will see the Republicans’ political survival as a badge of honor they can use to convince other lawmakers in other states to change their votes.
“No Republican lawmaker who voted yes on same-sex marriage has ever lost re-election for that vote,” said Brian Ellner, the chief strategist on the marriage bill from the Human Rights Campaign.
Marriage advocates are willing to spend anything to keep that statement accurate, no matter how difficult their races and no matter their other political leanings, he said.
“We will support a Republican senator against a Democrat,” Ellner said. “We will support a Republican senator who votes ‘yes’ against a gay Democrat.”
Oh, HRC, you always make it easy to guiltlessly throw away your fundraising pleas.
Why not thank the GOP Four by staying neutral, instead of giving them money to defeat pro-equality Democrats? Marriage equality is now supported by most New Yorkers (54% in one recent poll), but the HRC seems determined to treat the GOP Four as profiles in courage, unintentionally echoing the other side's argument that these senators have taken a huge risk by voting the way they did.