Gay Marriage Proponent Rep. Hanna Takes GOP Primary in NY

Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 12:07 AM

By Jason Devaney

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Rep. Richard Hanna, one of a handful of Republican members of Congress to support same-sex marriage, will head back to Washington in November after winning Tuesday's GOP primary in the race to represent New York's 22nd District. With no Democrat in the race, Hanna's victory effectively guarantees that he will return for a third term.

With all the votes counted, Hanna had 52.8 percent of the voters' support. His opponent, state assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, had 47.2 percent. Tenney had the backing of tea party supporters.

The 63-year-old Hanna was first elected to Congress in 2011. His voting record shows he has no problem going against the party line.

He voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act in 2011 and also supported a bill that would have implemented a cap and trade system. But Hanna has opposed making cuts to Planned Parenthood, and last year he became the second Republican in Congress at the time to support gay marriage.

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