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

The Marrying Kind. (Reader Forum)

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

The Marrying Kind. (Reader Forum)

Article excerpt

Massachusetts candidate for governor Robert Reich should be applauded for his support of full marriage rights for same-sex couples [At Issue, July 23]. However, your statement "It's the furthest a gubernatorial candidate has ever gone in supporting equal rights for gay couples" is not entirely accurate. In 1998 former New York State transportation commissioner Jim Larocca made LGBT rights a cornerstone of his campaign for governor. Not only did he unequivocally support full marriage rights, he also pledged, if elected, to veto any Defense of Marriage-style legislation passed by the legislature. Contrary to what conventional wisdom might suggest, his leadership on such a progressive issue did not cost him support in conservative areas. Larocca gained more votes at the Democratic Party's rural caucus than all other candidates combined. He ultimately fell short in his quest to become governor more from a lack of money than from being perceived as too liberal.

Doug Sterner, New York, N. …

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