Some GOP lawmakers, including Assemblywoman Janet Duprey from Clinton County and state Senator Roy McDonald from Saratoga County, crossed party lines to support gay marriage. Now they face challenges from more conservative Republicans who say the vote was a mistake.
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In a debate Tuesday night, Saratoga County Clerk Karthy Marchione accused McDonald of failing "to defend traditional marriage."
Same-sex marriage has also become an issue for Republicans battling for a New York City Council seat. In that contest, Republican councilman Eric Ulrich has been accused by his opponent of being a "gay friendly, cosmopolitan Republican who mocked religious Americans."
One Republican who championed same-sex marriage, North Country Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward from Willsboro, chose not to seek reelection.