At the same time New York State Sen. Hiram Monserrate is being targeted by gay activists and a primary opponent for his shameful "no" vote on marriage equality, a group calling itself the "Coalition for Morality" is thanking him, reports Elizabeth Benjamin at the Daily News.
The flyer is being distributed in Lefrak City, according to the reader. That's the same place some anonymous anti-gay flyers targeting Councilman-elect Danny Dromm were dropped during the September primary. Monserrate's "no" vote - one of eight cast by Democratic senators - came as a surprise to the LGBT community, including Monserrate's own chief of staff, Wayne Mahlke, a veteran gay activist from Queens. Monserrate's decision to oppose same-sex marriage was widely seen as a favor for his supporter, Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr., but it also signals his intent to use churches - particularly Hispanic churches - as a campaign vehicle next year.
In related news: The state senate lays the groundwork to discipline and possibly expel Monserrate for the vicious assault and slashing of his girlfriend's face captured on video surveillance: "Sen. Monserrate behaved recklessly and callously after his companion was hurt during an argument at his Queens home, failing to call 911, dragging her violently through a hallway and taking her to a hospital miles away, according to a State Senate committee investigating Mr. Monserrate. The report also found that Mr. Monserrate, a Democrat from Queens, refused to take full responsibility for injuring Ms. Giraldo, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the report is confidential."
At the disgraced senator's recent holiday party, which ironically was the one-year-anniversary of the assault, gay activists crashed the festivities and shouted "How can wife beaters get married and we can't? Hiram believes marriage should be between one man, one woman and a broken bottle!"