The conservative group New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms issued a strongly worded letter today to Senate Republicans, warning them that if they vote in favor of same-sex marriage this week they will face primaries in the 2012 elections and beyond.
“For too long Republican leadership in New York has patronized the pro-life, pro-family voter. If Senate Republicans want this vote tomorrow, it must be earned today. The final line in the sand for the conservative-leaning Republican voter is same-sex “marriage”. Cross this line and Republican Senate candidates can expect challenges in 2012 that will not end at the September Primary,” the letter from the Spencerport, Monroe County, based group reads.
The state Conservative Party and other conservative groups, including New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms, have been urging Senate Republicans to reject the same-sex marriage legislation and have been threatening to withhold their endorsements and support if the GOP does otherwise.
The letter comes after Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, Monroe County, became the first Republican senator yesterday to back the measure, which could trigger other Senate Republicans to support it — giving the bill the 32 votes needed for passage. The Democratic-led Assembly has repeatedly passed the bill.
Here’s the letter: