Same-sex marriage will continue to be the main theme of senate races in Queens, New York, as young up-and-comer Lynn Nunes weighs a primary challenge against Shirley Huntley, one of eight senate Democrats who voted against the marriage equality bill last year.
Nunes, 25, came within four votes of defeating a long-time incumbent city council member from the Jamaica area of Queens last year.
According to City Hall News, Nunes's support for marriage equality could help strengthen his potential senate bid and garner him support from the new political action committee, Fight Back New York.
A spokesman for the group said it is still considering options, according to City Hall News:
"'We're going to be looking to support candidates who themselves support marriage equality and can win,' said Alex Navarro-McKay, a spokesman for Fight Back New York, who explained that the group's endorsement process would begin after the votes were counted in Tuesday's special election in Queens." In that election today, former senator Hiram Monserrate, who voted against marriage equality in December, is trying to reclaim his seat after being ousted last month over a misdemeanor conviction for assaulting his girlfriend. His opponent, assemblyman Jose Peralta, is the favorite of the LGBT community.