Human Rights Campaign Statement on Rep. Gillibrand's Appointment as U.S. Senator of New York

by HRC Staff

WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, issued a statement today on the appointment of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) by Gov. David Paterson to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who resigned as the state's junior senator this week.

"Governor Paterson's pick of Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand's is a step forward for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as she brings with her a strong record of support and understanding," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Gillibrand has already spoken out in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples hate crimes protection legislation covering our entire community fully inclusive employment non-discrimination legislation, and the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'. As we advance pro-equality legislation in the 111th Congress, we look forward to Senator Gillibrand's support and votes."

Rep. Gillibrand was endorsed by the HRC PAC in 2008. The Human Rights Campaign has confirmed the following positions on her LGBT record:

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

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