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Anti Gay Marriage New York State Senator Hiram Monserratte Defeated 3-1 By Gay Friendly Candidate
In what should become a model for how LGBT activists deal with elected officials who vote against equal rights, Fight Back New York's campaign to defeat former State Senator Hiram Monserratte paid off big. Monserratte was defeated easily by Jose Peralta by a 3-1 margin. Perralta is a member of the State Assembly who voted for marriage for same-sex couples three times.

Monserratte, who was convicted of a misdemeanor for an assault in which his girlfriend's face was slashed with a broken bottle, was one of 38 state senators who voted against the New York marriage bill last year. Monserratte's defeat is a clear message to politicians: vote against LGBT equality and use our families as political footballs and we will take you out.

From The New York Times: Mr. Peralta, meanwhile, had a virtual army of outside supporters at his disposal, including union members, women's rights groups and gay activists, among them members of Fight Back New York, a well-financed political action committee that works to oust state senators who oppose same-sex marriage and put Mr. Monserrate first on its list.

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Published on:  March 17, 2010

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