Marriage Equality and New York’s 19th District

October 2, 2013

Last week, Democratic activist Sean Eldridge officially announced his run in New York’s 19th District against GOP Rep. Chris Gibson.

But there was one glaring issue left out of his nearly-three-minute introductory Web video: marriage equality.

The omission was noteworthy because Eldridge, who is gay and married to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, has dedicated almost all of his adult life to fighting for marriage equality. Divorcing himself from the polarizing issue in a competitive congressional race might be difficult.

There are no accidents in professional campaign ads, and that is precisely what Eldridge’s Web video was. It had all the right buzzwords, such as “independent voice,” “working families,” break the “gridlock,” supporting Planned Parenthood and on and on. So the omission of marriage equality is not by chance.

Since he graduated from Brown University in 2009, Eldridge has been on staff at or an adviser to Freedom to Marry. In November 2011, Eldridge started Hudson River Ventures to support local businesses.

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