Monday, January 26, 2009

Morning Sweep – Kirsten Gillibrand Edition

Starting before Gov. Paterson’s Friday noontime announcement and continuing through the weekend, major local and national news outlets have been quoting the Pride Agenda in their stories about New York’s new U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and her positions on LGBT issues, including marriage equality. Here are some of the highlights of that coverage. (We’ll update you on other LGBT news in a later post):

The New York Times and TIME magazine both wrote on Gillibrand’s record.

The New York Times’ editorial on Gillibrand also mentioned that she has “she has bravely endorsed gay marriage.”

The Gannett news story reports that gay rights groups are pleased with Paterson’s pick, and quotes Pride Agenda executive director Alan Van Capelle: "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." The story ran in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and the Ithaca Journal.

Newsday, The Daily News,and NY1 also wrote on Gillibrand’s support for gay issues.

Gay City News wrote on Gillibrand’s evolving views on LGBT issues.

Google News’ “Comments by People in the News” features a note by Van Capelle on Gillibrand’s evolution: “Wherever she might have been a few years ago isn’t really important to the Pride Agenda. It’s where she is now, and she’s clearly going to be a strong advocate for LGBT people in New York and everywhere.”

Salon writes that Gillibrand’s pro-same sex marriage stance puts her “to the left of Schumer and Clinton, alongside Paterson and his predecessor Eliot Spitzer.”

The Pride Agenda’s statements on Gillibrand were picked up by several politics blogs and bloggers, including The Politicker, Liz Benjamin, The Huffington Post, Andrew Sullivan, and Politico.

LGBT blogs also covered the Gillibrand pick: Towleroad, Joe.My.God, and Good As You.

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