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Paterson's Senate pick backs gay marriage

by PageOneQ

The pick to replace Secretary of State Clinton in the U.S. Senate has spoken out in favor of marriage equality.

Democratic Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand (NY-20) has also acted favorably for LGBT-related causes during her term, co-sponsoring the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act and a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

On Thursday night, Gillibrand spoke with Empire State Pride Agenda Executive Director Alan Van Capelle about her stances on LGBT issues. "After talking to Kirsten Gillibrand," Van Capelle said in a statement, "I am very happy to say that New York is poised to have its first U.S. Senator who supports marriage equality for same sex couples. She also supports the full repeal of the [Defense of Marriage Act], repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and passage of legislation outlawing discrimination against transgender people."

On Wednesday night, Caroline Kennedy, thought to be a frontrunner for the appointment, announced her decision not to seek it, citing personal reasons.

"Governor Paterson's pick of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand is a step forward for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as she brings with her a strong record of support and understanding," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese in a Friday statement. "Gillibrand has already spoken out in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples; hate crimes protection legislation covering our entire community; fully inclusive employment non-discrimination legislation, and the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. As we advance pro-equality legislation in the 111th Congress, we look forward to Senator Gillibrand's support and votes."


Originally published on Friday January 23, 2009.

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