More and more people are reporting on this -- it appears Congresswoman Kristen Gillibrand will be named the new Senator from New York State, to fill Hillary Clinton's seat. (The original WPIX news story.)
I caught a couple blogs posting it, but it appears that, just 20 minutes ago, Huffington Post has received confirmation of it. However, with the way this has gone, Gov. Paterson has been floating a lot of balloons to see what the take on each person is, from Kennedy to Cuomo. Maybe this is a last minute smokescreen.
Gay Hudson blog called Congresswoman Gillibrand's office about her feelings on marriage equality. This was the response:
"I believe we should have a Federal law that protects all civil unions across America to ensure that gay couples have the right to visit a loved one in the hospital and be eligible for other entitled rights and benefits of committed partners.Actually, that's a really really excellent response. I'm starting off liking this lady, but mainly because she avoided the limelight, didn't seek out media when her name was mentioned weeks ago, and seems to be a hard working politician.
The discussion of using the term marriage is more complicated because for many Americans it is a religious right defined as a covenant between a man, a woman and God. Since the Federal government should have no role in dictating religious affairs, I believe from a Federal and civil perspective, "civil union" should be used as the government's definition for all such relationships, including marriage."
Gov. Paterson has said it will be officially announced on Saturday, so we'll see.
Funny story, my blog has been flagged for "objectionable content." Grrr...