Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

THE NEW NIXON: The Actress-Turned-Politician Has Tough Talk for Andrew Cuomo, Her Rival in the Race to Become the Democratic Candidate for Mayor of N.Y.C

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

THE NEW NIXON: The Actress-Turned-Politician Has Tough Talk for Andrew Cuomo, Her Rival in the Race to Become the Democratic Candidate for Mayor of N.Y.C

Article excerpt

So in the Democratic primary on September 13, your name will be on the ballot as a candidate for governor of New York.

Yes--because we are petitioning to get it there. Fifteen-thousand-plus signatures.

Let's talk about marriage equality. Many LGBT people see Andrew Cuomo as a champion of it, since he helped pass the Marriage Equality Act before Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were proponents. What do you say to people who are loyal to Cuomo for this reason?

I think we need to give Andrew Cuomo credit for that. I think he stuck his neck out on that, but I think that the real credit for passing marriage equality in New York state was the LGBT community itself, and the advocates who had fought for it for so many years here and had laid the groundwork. My wife and I were very active in that fight starting in 2009, the first time we tried to pass it.

You announced your engagement to your wife at a marriage equality rally. Is that how it happened?

Yes, I did! On Sixth Avenue in the theater district. I flashed my engagement ring.

It's a change to hear you say Cuomo should get credit since you got some backlash when you said he "had a lot of big Republican donors who wanted the marriage issue to go away because they thought it was making the party look bad," in an interview with New York Magazine.

That is true, too. That is absolutely true.

You received a lot of backlash for that comment Activist Cathy Marino-Thomas from Marriage Equality USA said, "Miss Nixon's account of the political landscape at best shows naivete and ignorance at worst." And then Sean Patrick Maloney, a possible candidate for attorney general, said, "Let's see if I understand: Thank you Andrew Cuomo, you made my marriage possible, but I need to minimize the true progressive victory, so here's something I made up." He seems to be mocking you. What do you say to all the critics of that statement?

I think it's important to know that what I said is true ... It was eight years ago, and I think that there is a lot of LGBTQ issues that we have not seen leadership from him on since then, like GENDA [the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act] ... It is really important, particularly at a moment when LGBT people are so under attack by Donald Trump and the federal government. Donald Trump's hate speak is giving Americans who are not on our side free reign to attack us verbally, and actually physically, and it's exactly the kind of legislation that when you stop for a minute and you think, This is New York state, why on earth--we're a 2-1 Democratic state, we're a proudly progressive place-why haven't we passed this here to protect our people? It's a lack of leadership out of Albany.

Cuomo recently got caught in The Washington Post stating half-truths about marriage equality--saying that New York was the first state to pass it [not true] and that after he signed the marriage act his poll numbers went down, which was also determined to be false.

[Passing marriage equality] totally made him a hero in New York state. I mean, there were some senators who voted for it [for whom] it did harm their political careers--but Andrew Cuomo was certainly not one of them.

Immediately after the marriage act was signed, there was a call for GENDA--why do you think we still haven't passed it?

Since our governor took office, he has empowered a group of Democratic senators to vote with the Republicans, giving the Republicans control of the state senate. He's given them control ... a number of Democratic senators have been plucked off and incentivized to vote with the Republicans . …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.