Great news popping up about a "private risotto dinner" last night LGBT politicos had with New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer. The Senator, who previously parroted the one-man-one-woman line and voted in favor of DOMA had moved to supporting civil unions, but announced at the dinner that he supports same-sex marriage and a full repeal of DOMA.
Schumer's office confirmed the meeting and also the senior senator's change of heart, issuing the following statement from the Brooklyn Democrat (who is traveling upstate today):
"It's time. Equality is something that has always been a hallmark of America and no group should be deprived of it. New York, which has always been at the forefront on issues of equality, is appropriately poised to take a lead on this issue."
It's hard to overstate the significance of this in the eyes of gay marriage advocates.
With the ascent of Kirsten Gillibrand to fill Hillary Clinton's vacant US Senate seat, Schumer was the last remaining statewide elected official who backed civil unions over full marriage equality.