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01/06/2010

For LGBT New Yorkers, it's a Ford vs. a Maybach

by Jeremy Hooper

It's pretty simple:

harold-fordHarold Ford Jr.'s anti-gay record is so bad that it actually includes a vote for the Federal Marriage Amendment when it was in the House. THE FRIGGIN' F.M.A, PEOPLE -- he, a Democrat, voted for it!!!!!!! And he went even further than that, supporting his state's own local anti-marriage amendment, as well as supporting a ban on basic benefits for same-sex couples.

GillibrandKirsten Gillibrand, on the other hand, has become one of our biggest senatorial champions. She supports full marriage equality, is seeking DOMA's overdue demise, and is leading the charge to rid the world of the insidious Don't Ask Don't Tell. She has not only stepped out of Hillary Clinton's uber-bright spotlight -- she has inflected it with far more vivid rainbow tones.

We could say more. But no need, for the Empire State Pride Agenda's Alan Van Capelle has already done so quite ably:

Today’s news that Harold Ford Jr, a former Tennessee Congressman and former candidate for the US Senate representing Tennessee, may seek to challenge Senator Gillibrand here in New York should be particularly disturbing to LGBT New Yorkers....
KEEP READING: No Contest: Gillibrand is exponentially better than Ford, Jr. for LGBT New Yorkers [ESPA]

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Yeah, take it from a former Memphian who had to live through Ford representing the 9th district. He is SO much worse than Kirsten. On a lot of issues, some people are going "meh" and calling it a toss-up, but those pushing him into this are simply business interests who want more of a malleable hack representing NY.

On LGBT, and on so many other issues, it's a no-brainer. And if he does this, I WILL volunteer for Kirsten. (I'm moving up this summer anyway, so, you know, why not?)

Posted by: Evan Hurst | Jan 6, 2010 8:29:04 PM

This gay NYer won't be voting for him. There's plenty of us outside the city. Given however, the large GLBT pop in the city and the likelihood of him having general problems outside the city (given her home base being upstate) it seems difficult for him to get the nomination.

Frankly I don't care what he says now (should he change his positions). After Obama and Donnie McClurkin, no one with questionable past on GLBT issues will get my vote.

Posted by: Jim | Jan 6, 2010 11:12:04 PM

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