Two pro LGBT rights organizations have given their endorsement to Lynn Nunes, who is running against state Sen. Shirley Huntley (D-Jamaica) in the Democratic primary this fall.
The Human Rights Campaign and the Empire State Pride Agenda both stated that Nunes was a better candidate because he stood up for gay rights in New York. Last year, Huntley voted against gay marriage and the HRC said it “would be coming” for any state legislator that did not support the bill.
“With equality hanging in the balance, Lynn Nunes is the leader New York needs to ensure every family is treated equally,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said in a statement. “LGBT people and our allies remember the sting of last year’s marriage equality loss and are determined to elect leaders who won’t back down when equality is at stake.”
“The LGBT community is uniting around pro-equality candidates and working together to ensure equality for same-sex couples,” Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Ross Levi said in a statement.
Nunes promised that he would fight for equality if elected to the Senate. Huntley is the representative for the 10th Senatorial district, which includes much of southeast Queens.
“Equal marriage is part of my vision for New York and I’m proud to have the support of the Human Rights Campaign to make that vision a reality,” he said in a statement.