Democratic Party | Howard Dean | Kirsten Gillibrand | New York | News

Howard Dean Endorses Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Discussion of Marriage Equality and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'


In a discussion during which he endorses her run for U.S. Senate, Howard Dean talks to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand about LGBT issues.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

Says Gillibrand: "I support full marriage equality. To me, it's the civil rights march of our generation. It's about equal rights, it's about equal justice and there's no reason that any family in America...You know, my family gets certain rights and privileges, a gay couple's family should also get the same rights and privileges and there's over 1,000 rights and privileges in federal and state law that would come with marriage equality."

She adds:

"And at the federal level I'm gonna work on repealing DOMA, I'm gonna work on repealing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'. I have a bill right now that I'm considering basically putting a moratorium on the enforcement of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' for the next 18 months so the administration has time to consider it, to decide if they want this to be part of their policy and for the military to come to the table and make their own assessments because all the evidence shows us our military has been denied some of our best and brightest in America because of this policy particularly in areas where we've really needed them in language translation and intelligence services. We need all of our best and brightest at the forefront of our operations to keep America safe."

Majority Leader Harry Reid recently said he would support Gillibrand's DADT bill, adding that he'd like to make the moratorium she proposes permanent.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

I've clipped the video to the discussion of LGBT issues, but you can watch the entire clip here.

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. Blah...Blah...Blah.

    We know....we know....we know...

    Less talk and interveiws and more WORK and ACTION PLEASE

    Posted by: Wolf | Jul 16, 2009 8:30:17 AM

  2. Dean was in a powerful position for years and yet failed to do anything about gay marriage rights. Now that he and the Democrats need our votes, they're sucking up to us yet again. Go away, Howard. We've woken up to you and your ilk.

    Posted by: jason | Jul 16, 2009 9:00:57 AM

  3. I certainly appreciate the fact "it appears" the democrats are finally doing something - but how hard is this.... instead of a repeal, we are talking about a moratorium on DADT? And Harry Reid supports a permanent moratorium? Jesus! We aren't talking about something which is a major controversy. The vast majority of Americans think the policy is a joke. My concern is if they don't have the political will to do DADT how in the hell are they going to get the balls to tackle DOMA? The single payer fiasco is another example. Most people want it, but it is languishing. The DEMS need to stop trying to placate the right wing... the republicans aren't going to give us any votes anyway.

    Posted by: Mike | Jul 16, 2009 9:35:41 AM

  4. Quit bitching!!! Yes the Dems and Howard are not moving as fast as we want. NO surprise there. Our President remained silent as numerous states moved toward full marriage equality. And I am still pissed off about the DOMA brief and DADT foot dragging.

    But it took the feminist movement 15 years to move the issue of rape away from sex and how a woman dressed to convince people rape is a crime of violence and humiliation.

    And there is H Dean doing more nice, almost kewl stuff....ahaha, getting tough to hate him. Altho his performance during the primaries was vile.

    What did Doris say, "Que sera sera"

    Posted by: david ij iowa | Jul 16, 2009 11:56:48 AM

  5. Wasn't Gillibrand previously denounced by some gay rights activists for not being a strong supporter? At the time, Gillibrand explained that her positions were governed by her conservative congressional district that had been traditionally Republican.

    Posted by: nate | Jul 16, 2009 12:02:23 PM

  6. Seriously, I cannot believe some silly gays are still being so harsh on Gillibrand. She is a fantastic ally, and she is backing up her wonderful and important rhetoric with action. She's better than Hillary Clinton was on this issue by a country mile.

    Posted by: DaveDesslok | Jul 16, 2009 1:47:43 PM

  7. @ WOLF: you're too funny. Just what is it you think politicians do? They talk, that's what they do, that's how they generate support for their bills and get them turned into law.

    Did you miss your civics class last week?

    Posted by: David R. | Jul 16, 2009 11:24:23 PM

Post a comment


« «Same-Sex Marriage Raised in Sotomayor Hearings« «