April 16th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
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Gillibrand supports same-sex marriage proposal in New York

Gillibrand said she supports same-sex marriage.
Gillibrand said she supports same-sex marriage.

(CNN) - New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand issued a strong endorsement Thursday of the legalization of same-sex marriage in her state.

"New York and the nation are ready to start a new chapter. The time has come for full marriage equality," she said in an issued statement. "I commend the Governor for his leadership on this important issue. If Iowa can do it, so can we."

Her comments come the same day Gov. David Paterson announced plans to introduce legislation seeking to add New York to the growing list of states where same-sex couples can legally get married.

Gillibrand did not endorse same-sex marriage when she was a congresswoman from New York's 20th District. Earlier this year, she indicated that she would back it as a senator.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York's other senator, has also declared his support for same-sex marriage, after initially opposing the idea.


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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Robin

    Just a way to pander votes.

    April 16, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. awaitingliberalizationbyCNN

    Well, it's apparent Schumer, must have figured out their is some camera time for him in it, and Gillibrand is an obvious lib, so gee what is the story.

    April 16, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. John

    As a Californian, I am sad to see my state slipping further behind the growing national trend toward legalizing marriage for all americans, especially since we were not long ago one of the leaders. I can only hope that our courts do the right thing and restore the hard won right my gay and lesbian friends and family once enjoyed in this state.

    April 16, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Jesse

    Thank you, Senator! it must be a tough job filling Hillary Clinton's shoes, but this is a GREAT start! thank you! You make us proud!

    April 16, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. For You, For the US

    Thank you Kirsten Gillibrand. I just wish my state could be as open minded as yours. God Bless you for giving a damn about people!

    April 16, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. I WILL WALK BO

    Shame on you Gillibrand!

    April 16, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Jimmy the Greek

    "Gillibrand did not endorse same-sex marriage when she was a congresswoman from New York's 20th District. Earlier this year, she indicated that she would back it as a senator"

    Democrats = political cowards

    Obama doesn't support gay marriage (that position is good to get votes when you're running for the US Presidency)... but refuses to do ANYTHING to oppose gay marriage.

    That's basically the same as saying "Domestic Violence is bad"... and watching your neighbor beat his wife while you drink your morning coffee.

    April 16, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Shasta

    Although this is a great thing for the equality movement, it's ridiculous how two-faced some of these politicians are. Good Lord.

    April 16, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. David

    Just don't let the people have a vote on it.

    It will be defeated if you do.

    April 16, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. Steve

    "If Iowa can do it, so can we"?

    Come on, Senator Gillibrand. You're really being silly. Iowa didn't 'do it' – their idiotic, unconstitutional supreme court did. This nation isn't in any way 'ready' for gay marriage. Forget it.

    April 16, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    That shouldn't matter. It's what her constituents support that should. Our folks in government have forgotten this concept.

    They are there to represent their constituents, not their own whims. Their viewpoints usually represent their own economic self-interest and whic lobbyist is willing to pay the highest price.

    The fourth paragraph above proves my point, all of a sudden, she's had a change of heart.

    April 16, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm a democrat, but I disagree with you guys completely on this issue. Same sex couples should remain unions.

    April 16, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Mississippi Mike

    Of course she supports gay marriage, she is a Democrat who would like to be re-elected.

    April 16, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. dave

    Marriage means two people become husband (the man) and wife (the woman). Husband and husband is not marriage. Wife and wife is not marriage.

    I think it is horrible and unconstituational that gay men can't go fishing with a hunting license. Did you know a gay man could be arrested for performing surgery if the only license he has is a driver's license. Would you let a man with only a plumbing license rewire your home?

    With that being said, I feel no threat from gay marriage. I do feel marriage is under threat from Britney Spears, quicky Las Vegas marriages, easy divorces, most of Fox TV and VH-1 TV shows like the Bachelor, the Cougar, the Flavor of Love, etc.

    The Bible says a man laying with another man as if with a woman is an abomination. In the same book the Bible says eating sea creatures that do not have fins is an abomination. So going to the Red Lobster is just as bad as going to a gay bath house, in the eyes of God.

    The Bible does not says anything about two women together, because Moses knew two women together is hot.

    April 16, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  15. Pee Wee

    Who cares what she thinks? That shouldn't matter. It's what her constituents support that should be a basis for her position. Our folks in government have forgotten this concept.

    They are there to represent their constituents, not their own whims. Their viewpoints usually represent their own economic self-interest and which lobbyist is willing to pay the highest price.

    The fourth paragraph above proves my point, all of a sudden, she's had a change of heart.

    Everyone in Congress up for re-election in 2010 should find out what a term limit is.

    April 16, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. Brian Crooks

    I'm pleasantly surprised :)

    April 16, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Erik in Real Pennsylvania

    Lots of people look to their Bible to justify opposing gay marriage. The Old Testament book (Leviticus) condemning homosexuality as an "abomination" also condemns eating shellfish and pork, and further condemns wearing clothing made from two types of fabric woven together. A New Testament book condemning homosexuality as evil (1 Corinthians) also condemns women speaking in church and women going around hatless. Don't blame the Bible for your discomfort with gay marriage, unless you strictly adhere to all those other prohibitions. In any case, the government should use only the Constitution, not other literature, to develop our laws. In your private family and church life, do whatever your heart, or your pastor, desires, but leave your religious moralizing out of tax-funded initiatives.

    April 16, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Of course she does and so does her wife.

    April 16, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  19. gt

    typical politican ,,,, how low can she go ....everything for everbody for free......no grit...no backbone...

    April 16, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Jamie from Philly

    Yes! Now to get a similar movement going in Pennsylvania.... and the rest of the U.S.

    Civil Rights for everyone.

    April 16, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    She would – she looks a little "iffy" herself! Long live the union of Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve!

    April 16, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. denny

    When Gillibrand says the nation is ready is she including Missouri inwhich by the state constitution it is illegal for same sex to marry....Just because a man likes butt doesnt mean he should be given rights

    April 16, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. HF from PA

    ll right all you theology who use the abomination argument...better quit eating shrimp at Red Lobster!

    April 16, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. KMP in NC

    Same-sex marriage is NOT a marriage! I am so tired of elected officials bowing down to this foolishness. Same-sex couples have every right to live their lives together if they so choose, but they do not have a right to have all the rights of those of us who did it the right way. Yes, I said the right way. From the beginning of time, marriage has been between a man and woman. In the book of Romans, chapter 1, it says that there would come a time when people would exchange the truth of God for a lie. Marriage for a same-sex couple is a lie. I do not care how to try to dress it up or spin it, a lie is a lie.

    April 16, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Ken

    What is wrong with this country. Being run by all of these special interest groups!

    We don't need to have laws that allow same-sex partners to get married. Contract law will give the the rights they need.

    NO SAME-SEX LAWS, UNLESS IT IS TO PREVENT SAME-SEX MARRIAGES!

    April 16, 2009 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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