By Neal Broverman
Originally published on Advocate.com December 24 2009 1:15 PM ET
Gay activists brazenly crashed the Tuesday night Christmas party of New York state senator Hiram Monserrate, a convicted domestic abuser who voted against a marriage equality bill.
“Hiram believes marriage should be between one man, one woman, and a broken bottle,” screamed an unidentified gay activist at the Queens fete, which coincidentally or not took place on the one-year anniversary of the violent incident in which Monserrate dragged his girlfriend through his apartment building's lobby and was accused of slashing her face, which he contended was an accident. Monserrate still represents portions of Queens in the New York state senate.
“It’s the one-year anniversary of Hiram slashing his girlfriend! Hiram’s a wife beater! He can get married and we can’t!” screamed the same unidentified protester before throwing the event into chaos and being tossed out of the party.
The protesters also took aim at Monserrate’s gay chief of staff, Wayne Mahlke. “Are you proud of yourself, Wayne?” yelled the protester. As Mahlke shoved the activist out the door, he responded, “I have taken my position. The senator’s position is not my position.”
The activists were from a group called THE POWER, an ACT UP–style organization that advocates direct political action. THE POWER captured the pandemonium on a YouTube video (see below) that had a message reading, “Merry Christmas Queens. This is only the beginning!”