An old nemesis of gay rights advocates in Connecticut now has a national platform, and Brian Brown is using it to threaten four Republican state senators in New York whose votes were pivotal in passing a gay marriage law Friday night on a 33-29 vote. Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged passage.

“The Republican party has torn up its contract with the voters who trusted them in order to facilitate Andrew Cuomo’s bid to be president of the U.S.,” said Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage. “Selling out your principles to get elected is wrong. Selling out your principles to get the other guy elected is just plain dumb

In legalizing same-sex marriage, New York joins four New England states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Brown, who formerly ran the Family Institute of Connecticut, promised in a press release to double his “previous pledge, promising to commit ‘at least $2 million’ in elections in 2012 to make sure Republicans understand that voting for gay marriage has consequences.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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