Here is video that New York Gov. David Paterson sent in lieu of a personal appearance at last night's National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 2008 New York Leadership Awards dinner, where he was supposed to be honored with filmmaker John Waters.
The governor was forced to skip "the event in favor of attending the ongoing budget negotiations in Albany" and begins the video by joking, "I wanted to come to this dinner tonight. I'm actually tied to this chair and a gun is being pointed at my head. They're trying to get me to reverse my opinions on a number of issues, but I won't do it."
On a more serious note, the new governor pledged that he would continue to push for full marriage equality for LGBT New Yorkers and acknowledged the 40th anniversary of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s death, remembering the late civil rights leaders as someone who would "go beyond the issues of his neighborhood," Paterson said he was "proud to have run on a ticket with now former Gov. Eliot Spitzer that was the first in the country to advocate for marriage equality and to win on that premise."
"We will push on an bring full marriage equality in New York State," Paterson said. "And when we have done that, we're going to do more. We're going to protect young people from bullies. We're going to protect against the discrimination of people in the transgender community, and we're going to fight for decent and affordable healthcare for all citizens in this state."
Such a class act. We're lucky to have him on our side.
Paterson Pledges Support for Marriage Equality [Advocate]
Paterson Pledges Support For Gay Marriage [NYDN]
Some Background ...
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