Empire State Pride Agenda, the state’s largest gay lobbying organization, endorsed Sheldon Silver for re-election, along with Democratic Assemblyman Sam Hoyt of Buffalo (who probably has other things on his mind right now).
The group also endorsed Assemblyman Adriano Espaillat and State Senator Kevin Parker, both of whom will face primary challenges from Democratic term-limited City Council members.
To be endorsed by the group, lawmakers must support same-sex marriage. Silver allowed a measure that would legalize same-sex marriage to come to a vote, and it passed. He also voted for it. Silver might be able to use the endorsement to argue that, like his challengers, he has progressive credentials.
Silver faces attorney Luke Henry and community organizer Paul Newell, who got The New York Times endorsement this morning.