A late night phone call with Gov. David Paterson’s appointee to the Senate, Kirsten Gillibrand by the Empire State Pride Agenda has convinced the group that she’ll represent LGBT issues, despite having the lowest score of any Democratic New York congressperson as measured by the HRC. She says she’ll support a repeal of DOMA and Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell, though she opted out supporting previous legislation aimed at killing those measures.
ESPA Executive Director Alan Van Capelle told the New York Daily News:
“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 Donâ€™t Ask Donâ€™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.â€