New York's new Senator Gillibrand questioned over weak gay record

Posted by JD Uy
January 26, 2009 1:54 AM |

''Gillibrand's positions may have evolved. She may yet be a defender of LGBT rights, but what's she's saying today doesn't square with her voting record. Why are these groups coming to her defense instead of asking the Senator-Elect why she didn't support legislation that would help the gay community previously? HRC says that Gillibrand "supports repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell", but by their own accounting, she doesn't. She also claims to be in support of full marriage equality, a position she seems to have developed, literally, overnight.''

Japhy Grant of the popular gay blog Queerty calling for the community to be wary of newly appointed Senator Gillibrand's sudden outpouring of support for gay rights. (Queerty)

''After talking to Kirsten Gillibrand, 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 federal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) law, repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) and passage of legislation outlawing discrimination against transgender people. While we had a productive discussion about a whole range of LGBT concerns, I was particularly happy to hear where she stands on these issues.''

Alan Van Capelle, executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda on New York state. Gillibrand is from a conservative district in Upstate New York. (The New York Observer)

''A staffer said Gillibrand is pro-gay marriage, a change from past reports that described the congresswoman as anti-gay marriage, but pro-civil unions.''

From a report about New York state's new Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, as posted by news station WKBW of Buffalo, New York. (WKBW)

''Gillibrand, an attorney by training who leans Republican on a number of key issues, including gun rights and gay marriage, said she intends to represent the "diverse views and voices of the entire state" of New York.''

From a report filed by AFP about Kirsten Gillibrand, the new Senator from New York who is replacing Hiliary Clinton (AFP)

''Ms. Gillibrand, 42, has solid credentials in the fight for women's issues, including abortion rights, and she has bravely endorsed gay marriage -- moves that would normally be considered political suicide in her district.''

From a New York Times article about Kirsten Gillibrand. (New York Times)

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