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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: I Would Support Amending 1964 Civil Rights Bill to Cover Gay Rights


Andy and I had the chance to sit down and interview United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at the LGBT Community Center in New York City on Sunday afternoon. 

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gillibrand2We spoke to the Senator about the legislative road to repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell', critics who have questioned her convictions on LGBT issues, the marriage equality battle in New York State and also if she'd be supportive of amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation.

Said the Senator: "I would [be supportive of that]. I truly believe that this gay rights agenda is the civil rights march of our generation. I think marriage equality, I think repealing DOMA, Don't Ask, Don't Tell. All of that work we're doing is part of equal rights in America and it is something that is so important to this generation. I think that kind of bill would be transformational...Whether we have the votes for that kind of bill today, I don't know. But it's something certainly worth fighting for."

Gillibrand3 Senator Gillibrand had a small private meeting with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender activists from five boroughs before holding a larger event that was open to the general public. Lt. Dan Choi introduced her at the public event and she updated the audience on the current pieces of legislation before the Congress that are of importance to the gay community. She then took questions from the crowd. During the question and answer period she told a few personal anecdotes related to growing up in a political family where her grandmother had a close gay couple as friends and also how during her career as a senior associate at a law firm she had plenty of gay colleagues.

Watch our interview, and a brief video clip from Gillibrand's talk at the center in which she discusses why LGBT rights are important to her, AFTER THE JUMP...

Gillibrand on gay issues and why LGBT rights are important to her:

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  1. thank you, corey, for posing that question. i am prepared to stand corrected on her record, but first, it would be very enlightening to hear from alan van capelle, head of empire state pride.

    an interview with him would be another feather in your cap at any rate. i cn't remember if he has been interviewed by TR or just quoted previously.

    Posted by: jack | Oct 26, 2009 11:41:11 AM

  2. great interview!

    on jack's comment - alan van capelle has been telling us that as soon as the democrats got control of the state senate, we'd get marriage. instead, the dems turned their backs on us as soon as they got the gavel.

    alan should be interviewed to explain why his political calculus was so far off. we need to hold our elected leaders - like senator gillibrand - accountable AS WELL AS those who lead from unelected posts - like van capelle.

    Posted by: evan | Oct 26, 2009 9:09:09 PM

  3. Excellent and thanks for the daily brew ..... This idea of the amendment to the Civil Rights Act has swirled around but yet to engender leadership and hence traction. I attended a similar meet and greet with Representative Jackie Speier in San Francisco a couple of months ago and she mentioned that this would be an excellent route and one that she would support. Perhaps us writers can call for leadership and bring attention to this angle. Melanie Nathan writer for Oblogdeeoblogda and Lezgetreal

    Posted by: melanie nathan | Oct 28, 2009 11:31:41 AM

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