Gillibrand Headlines ESPA Fund-Raiser

Here’s the invite for a fund-raiser the Empire State Pride Agenda is hosting tomorrow in Rochester, with Kirsten Gillibrand as the keynote speaker.

It's particularly significant because Gillibrand, before she became a senator, was not known as an advocate of gay rights. Supporting same-sex marriage was a condition of her appointment to the Senate.

It also demonstrates Gillibrand’s continuing embrace of liberal causes, and the gay community, in the run-up to her 2010 appointment.

UPDATE: An aide to Gillibrand says that she publicly supported same-sex marriage while running for re-election to her congressional seat–before she was appointed senator. The aide bases this an October 23, 2008 interview with Fred Dicker, which Gillibrand also cited in response to a question from Liz.

In the interview, Gillibrand seems to stake out distinct positions as a federal legislator (for civil unions) and as "a New Yorker" (for same-sex marriage). 

So, technically, true. Even if her advocacy totally came as news to gay-rights advocates in the run-up to her appointment to the Senate.


Gillibrand Headlines ESPA Fund-Raiser