The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) this week suggested gay marriage backers in New York bought six needed votes for a gay marriage law, then pledged to raise $20 million.

New York legalized gay marriage last month after four Republican senators and all but one Democrat, Ruben Diaz Sr. of the Bronx, voted in favor of a marriage bill heavily lobbied for by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Brian Brown, the president of NOM, the nation's most vociferous opponent of giving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry, suggested GOP senators were bribed into supporting the legislation.

“[A] number of pro-gay marriage Republicans, including [former RNC chief] Ken Mehlman, and others that raised a significant amount of money – over about $2.5 million,” Brown said last week on AFA radio. “And the way Albany works – there's a lot of corruption there – and basically these Republicans sold their vote to the highest bidder.”

Despite the group's outrage, The New York Times reported on Sunday that the legislation has energized NOM's socially conservative base, and that the group says it expects to raise $20 million this year from religious groups and individual donors. And it has already pledged $2 million to repeal the law in New York.

Carlos Maza at the Equality Matters blog commented: “If Brown is really concerned about politicians selling their votes, maybe he should work on closing his own wallet.”