April 16th, 2009
12:03 PM ET
12 years ago

Gillibrand supports same-sex marriage proposal in New York

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/16/art.gillibrand.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Kirsten Gillibrand
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    Dear Erik,

    I'll leave my bible out of tax-funded initiatives if you will leave my tax dollars out of them as well.

    April 16, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Jack in Florida

    Of course she does....she is a bright woman and realizes that it is 2009 not 1969...................................equal rights for all!!

    April 16, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  3. Jon

    50% of male/female marriages end in divorce, and celebrities like Britney Spears get married and then have it annulled two days later as a lark. All of the biased homophobes here should turn their attention to fixing what's wrong with male/female marriage instead of spouting bigotry on message boards.

    April 16, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. stormerF

    Pay back for a senate seat,,,Why does she care,its what the Liberal Democrats in New York want.Now maybe Schumer will be more on her side instead of looking for the jab to give her?

    April 16, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Barbara Kelly, Austin Tx

    I truely believe that if we had all be more accepting of gays and gay marriage and families, my 17 year old son would not have committed suicide. Thank you too all the lawmakers who have opened your hearts and broken this cycle of needless pain and suffering.

    April 16, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Barbara Kelly, Austin Tx

    "Marriage" can mean anything you want it to mean in your own Church but it doesn't have to mean the same thing to all Americans!

    April 16, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  7. Equality for All

    Marriage is not necessarily a religious institution people... It is recognized by the government first (marriage license) Keep your Bible out of politics. It is not how we run things nor should it ever be. Our forefathers believed in separation of church and state for a reason. No I'm not gay, but they deserve the same rights as everyone else and I'll fight side by side with them to ensure that they get the equality that they deserve. This is no different than saying African-Americans, Mexicans, etc. cannot marry. We are all people and deserve to be treated equally as people.

    April 16, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  8. MJM

    Of course you approve of it! Anything to make the "people" happy!!!

    April 16, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. Ryan

    Excellent. Someone who isn't afraid to admit she believes in Equal Rights and that Americans deserve the freedom to choose who they want to marry.

    Imagine that.

    April 16, 2009 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
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