Abortion Rights, Gay Equality, Guns, the Constitution and Senator Gillibrand By Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
crossposted on TPJmagazine
February 13, 2009

On January 31, 2009 a New York Times editorial (“Listening to Ms. Gillibrand) tore up the newly appointed Senator from New York.  “She has 100% support from the NRA,” they roared.  And as for her position on illegal immigration, well, oh my!

Well, my usual knee-jerk reaction to such a writing would be “well, we’ll get her in 2010.”  But even before I saw that editorial I had received two other communications.  One, from the Planned Parenthood Federation cheered New York Governor Patterson’s appointment (clumsily handled though it was).  The PPFA had already given her a 100% as a Congressperson.  And then I heard from the Lesbian and Gay (political) Alliance: she is in favor gay marriage!  You read that right.  Not just “domestic partnership” (otherwise known as second class citizenship status) for gay couples.  But full marriage rights?  The Times, stretching the definition of what a “liberal Democrat” is, claimed that “gay marriage is a non-starter even among liberal Democrats like Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer,” but tossed off Sen. Gillibrand’s endorsement of it by saying words to the effect of she’s only for it because Gov. Patterson is.

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