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10/28/2011

Sen. Gillibrand: Showing elected Democrats how (and why) to lead on LGBT issues

by Jeremy Hooper

Screen Shot 2011-10-28 At 9.18.08 AmU.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) continues to show that backing equality is a great way to earn positive attention. Attention like this truly pro-family article from the New York Daily News:

New York's junior senator is pushing federal legislation to lift the ban on gay couples and individuals adopting children.
Between New York's same-sex marriage act and the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, the momentum is there for the needed reform, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said.

"This legislation would open thousands of new foster and adoptive homes to children ensuring they are raised in loving families," Gillibrand said of her "Every Child Deserves a Family Act."

KEEP READING: Gillibrand: Open Adoption To Gays, Lesbians [NYDN]

Sen. GIllibrand has become a true change agent. On LGBT issues, she doesn't wait for the necessary votes or for the polling to reach 51% majority (though the polling surely does in the case of fair adoption). From Don't Ask Don't Tell to marriage equality to the basic protections of loving families, the Senator (my Senator, I should say) is getting out there, providing a platform for others to tell their stories, and connecting the dots for her colleagues (from both parties) as well as the public at large.

And if there's a movement to portray her as some sort of fringe radical, then I must've missed it. Anyone who tried that would fail. Because that's another thing about the Senator: She seems to know who she is, what she's got, and how to answer the lame charges ("you want to destroy the family!") that have scared others into sitting on the sidelines.

Conscience + Confidence: That's how you get sh*t done.

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