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New York Senate appointee supports gay marriage equality, hate-crimes law, ENDA, repeal of don't ask, don't tell

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New York Gov. David Paterson has appointed U.S. Rep. Kristen Gillibrand to succeed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate. Here are Gillibrand's postitions on gay issues, according to an e-mail sent Friday morning by Human Rights Campaign Interactive Communications director Christopher Johnson:

There has been some discussion about the record of Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Governor David Paterson’s pick to replace Hillary Clinton, regarding her stance on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and additional LGBT issues.  In particular, we’d like to clarify references to the Human Rights Campaign Scorecard for the 110th Congress.  Although Kirsten Gillibrand did not co-sponsor legislation to repeal DADT, non-cosponsorship does not mean support for the policy or opposition to repeal.  In fact, in conversations with her office the Human Rights Campaign has confirmed Gillibrand is in favor of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and supports full marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. 

Additionally, HRC confirmed with Gillibran’s staff additional points regarding her LGBT record:

· Supports marriage equality

· Cosponsored and voted in favor of the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act

· Cosponsored inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and supports enactment of inclusive bill

· Voted in favor of ENDA

· Supports repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

· Supports repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act

· Supports equal tax treatment of employer provided domestic partnership benefits

· Voted against allowing discrimination in hiring for the Head Start program

· Voted in favor of allowing Washington, DC to fund needle exchange programs with local funds

· Supports the Early Treatment of HIV/AIDS Act (ETHA) to allow states to provide Medicaid coverage for HIV-positive persons

· Voted against procedural attempts to derail ENDA and hate crimes

· Endorsed by HRC PAC in 2008

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Christopher Johnson 

Director of Interactive Communications
Human Rights Campaign
1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW |Washington, DC 20036
christopher.johnson@hrc.orgwww.hrcbackstory.org

Caption: Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference in Albany, N.Y., Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. Gillibrand, a second-term lawmaker from upstate New York, was named to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated when Hillary Rodham Clinton resigned to become secretary of state in the Obama administration. New York Gov. David Paterson who selected her, is at right. Former Republican U.S. Senator from New York, Alphonse D'Amato, is at left. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

christopher.johnson@hrc.orgwww.hrcbackstory.org

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Great news! We need more people like this!

This needs to be confirmed directly with Kristin Gillibrand's campaign. There have been emails from her suggesting that she supports civil unions - not marriage equality.

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