Shaun Donovan, the former head of Housing Preservation and Development who left the city to become secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development told a Metro Weekly, Gay DC newsmagazine, that he supports marriage equality.
Mr. Donovan is the first sitting cabinet secretary to do so.
Asked about this summer’s passage of marriage equality in New York, Donovan says, ”I was enormously proud to be a New Yorker on the day that it passed. I actually worked for Andrew Cuomo when he was Housing Secretary. I worked for Mike Bloomberg who has been a constant supporter of the law – what is now law.”
He talked about how the law’s passage had affected those around him, saying, ”So many friends that I know were able to achieve a dream the day that law passed. And so many neighbors.
”It made me proud to be a New Yorker – not enough to get me to move back. We’ve got more work to do in the Obama administration in a second term.”
Asked if that included marriage equality, Donovan confirmed it did, saying, ”Like marriage equality.’
President Obama–Mr. Donovan’s boss–does not support same sex marriage, but has said his views are “evolving” on the issue.
HUD Secretary Supports Marriage Equality [Metro Weekly]