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Jim Gilmore on Civil Rights

Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)

 


I don't want to be part of an anti-Muslim GOP

I have met with Muslims. They told me some terrible stories about how they have been harassed and their children have seen them be harassed. We cannot have a Republican party that scapegoats anyone, Hispanics, Muslims, any women, African Americans, anyone. If that becomes the future of the Republican party, I don't want to be a part of that.
Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa , Jan 28, 2016

2007: yes to traditional marriage; no to civil unions

Historically, Gilmore has expressed opposition to same-sex marriage and civil unions. Gilmore used the issue as a talking point during his gubernatorial race and a 2008 campaign for the U.S. Senate. Gilmore lost the latter race to Democrat Mark Warner.

"I'm not interested in sending a message of anger or hatred to anybody in this race -- anyone. But I don't support gay marriage," Gilmore said in a 2007 interview. "I think that the traditional marriage values that we've had over generations in America is the appropriate thing. The extent that people can find some way to build some kind of contractual relationship between themselves, fine, but I don't think it should rise to a civil union which is really a substitute for the concept of marriage, and I don't support that either."

Gilmore's campaign did not respond to emails seeking clarification on whether or not he has changed his position on marriage equality following the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year.

Source: Advocate.com 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jul 30, 2015

Traditional marriage is the appropriate thing

I don't support gay marriage. I think that the traditional marriage values that we've had over generations in America is the appropriate thing. The extent that people can find some way to build some kind of contractual relationship between themselves, fine, but I don't think it should rise to a civil union which is really a substitute for the concept of marriage, and I don't support that either.
Source: Advocate.com 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jul 30, 2015

No quotas, but create opportunities for minorities

Q: Do you support affirmative action programs? Do you support any changes in those programs?

Gilmore: I do not support quotas, but all during my career I have worked to create opportunities for minorities.

Warner: I'd like to see an America where there's not a need for affirmative action, but for now, we need to make sure there is a level playing field for everyone to participate. I come from the business world, and I think most business people will tell you that they want to recruit employees who were educated in an environment where they were exposed to diverse people and ideas. As I have said many times in the past, I continue to be opposed to the use of quotas.

Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in The Virginian-Pilot , Oct 17, 2008

Keep "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for gays in the military

Q: What is your personal view on gays in the military? Do you support any changes in current policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", which allows gays to serve as long as they don't make known their sexual preference?

Gilmore: I do not support any changes in the current policy.

Warner: I will seek the advice of our military leaders as they begin a review of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. We also need to have appropriate recruitment and retention polices that will keep our military strong.

Source: 2008 VA Senate debate reported in The Virginian-Pilot , Oct 17, 2008

Oppose gay marriage AND so-called civil unions

As Governor of Virginia, Jim Gilmore time and time again stood solidly for the sanctity of life and the preservation of traditional family values. Jim Gilmore's leadership led to successful legislation which he signed into law that created a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, required parental notification for minors seeking an abortion and banned partial birth abortion. Jim Gilmore created the Virginia Abstinence Initiative and dramatically increased funding for adoption services. Jim Gilmore signed into law legislation banning human cloning and went to court to try to prevent the removal of a feeding tube and save the life of coma victim Hugh Finn. Jim Gilmore believes marriage is the union of one man and one woman and as President will oppose gay marriage and so-called civil unions.
Source: 2008 Presidential campaign website, JimGilmore08.com , Apr 11, 2007

Rated “F” by National Review on pro-gay issues

On Gay Marriage: The National Review gives Gilmore, an “F” on the issue of gay marriage. By way of comparison to other then governors, Schwarzenegger of California had a “D.” Rell of Connecticut had a “C.” Vilsack of Iowa a “B.” Baldacci of Maine an “A.”

Grades were based upon, “ whether they sign or veto legislation regarding homosexuality. They also receive grades based on their public opinions expressed on homosexual issues.”

Source: RSLevinson.com “All Things Queer”, review of 2008 gay issues , Jan 1, 2007

Never allow terrorists limit our commitment to liberty

Today we face a new threat by movements that use individuals to potentially infiltrate our communities, to strike at us by stealth attack, using modern weapons and technology to threaten our very homes and families. The purpose of all this is to infect our nation with that most serious threat of all: fear in the minds of Americans: the fear of the unknown, the fear of injury or death, fear for the future.

The 9/11 attacks led to the extension of the Gilmore Commission for two more years. We pointed out that in 2002, there was still no national strategy on terrorism. In 2003, we expressed serious concern that the urgency of homeland security was not taking hold. We also began to have a serious concern about the protection of civil liberties in the US in a time of great fear and anxiety. Frightened people will give up liberty for security. The enemy of liberty is fear. We should never allow the actions of terrorists to cause us to surrender the commitment to liberty that makes us uniquely American.

Source: Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Forum “Ready America” , Mar 31, 2006

Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment.

Gilmore adopted the National Governors Association policy:

In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.

The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy EC-14: Equal Rights Policy 01-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2001

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