State of Connecticut secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


August Wolf: Signed Supreme Court amicus brief favoring same-sex marriage

Dick Blumenthal wrote against same-sex marriage before he was for it. Many close to me are gay and I'm firm supporter of their rights. I signed and recruited others to sign the Supreme Court amicus brief in favor of same-sex marriage. As a conservative, I believe passionately that strong families are the cornerstone of our society. We must encourage committed and legitimate relationships. As a US Senator, I won't equivocate like Blumenthal on this issue.
Source: 2016 Connecticut Senate campaign website Wolf2016.com.com Apr 1, 2016

Maggie Hassan: Women earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men

We must renew our commitment to a fundamental principle: an equal day's work deserves an equal day's pay. Well over half of the women working in today's economy are either the primary or co-breadwinners in their families. And yet, women in New Hampshire, who are working full-time jobs, earn only 77 cents on the dollar compared to men. Nationally, studies have found that a pay gap exists between men and women in nearly every occupation.

Senator Larsen has introduced legislation that will improve the financial security of working families by helping all of our workers access appropriate resources to help them earn a fair and equal paycheck, without fear of retaliation. I ask the legislature to strengthen our economy and our middle class by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Source: 2014 State of the State address to Connecticut legislature Feb 6, 2014

Dan Malloy: Include gender identity in anti-discrimination law

Excerpts from legislation:[Current anti-discrimination law prohibits]:
  • Discrimination on the basis of sex
  • Discrimination on the basis of religious creed
  • Discrimination on the basis of learning disability or mental disability
  • [Add to that list the following]:
  • Discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression [which] means a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity; consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity; or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person's core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose. Legislative outcome:Bill passed House, 77-62; signed by Gov. Malloy, 7/1/2011
    Source: Connecticut legislative voting record on HB 6599 Jul 1, 2011

    Dan Carter: NO on including gender identity in anti-discrimination law

    Excerpts from legislation:[Current anti-discrimination law prohibits]:
  • Discrimination on the basis of sex
  • Discrimination on the basis of religious creed
  • Discrimination on the basis of learning disability or mental disability
  • [Add to that list the following]:
  • Discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression [which] means a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity; consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity; or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person's core identity & not being asserted for an improper purpose. Legislative outcome:Bill passed House, 77-62; Carter voted NAY; signed by Governor
    Source: Connecticut legislative voting record on HB 6599 May 19, 2011

    Dan Malloy: CT shattered the glass ceiling with first female governor

    We the people of Connecticut are blessed. We defined the American industrial revolution and became the Arsenal of Democracy that President Roosevelt called for during World War Two.

    We shattered the glass ceiling of gubernatorial history thanks to Ella Grasso of Windsor Locks as the nation's first female governor, elected in her own right.

    Source: 2011 Connecticut State of the State Address Jan 5, 2011

    Tom Foley: Maintain gay marriage law, although personally against it

    On social issues, Foley says he considers marriage to be between a man and a woman, but he would do nothing to overturn Connecticut's gay marriage law.
    Source: Connecticut Mirror on 2014 Connecticut Governor race Dec 31, 2010

    Linda McMahon: Allow gays to openly serve in military, but do it cautiously

    An unexpected questions from a reporter about gay rights produced a commitment to allow gays to openly serve in the military and an expression of her reservations about the Defense of Marriage Act. McMahon describes herself as a fiscal conservative and a social moderate. She favors abortion rights and, as it emerged during the interview, gay rights.

    "I don't think we should have discrimination. My vote would be that we don't have 'Don't ask, don't tell.' But I think it ought to be implemented in a very cautious way," she said.

    McMahon initially hedged when asked about the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law signed by President Clinton that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. It also allows states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in states where they are legal, such as Connecticut. "I do think it's a state's right issue," she said. But when pressed, McMahon said, "I don't think there should be a federal law."

    Source: Mark Pazniokas in The Connecticut Mirror Mar 19, 2010

    Richard Blumenthal: CT statutes do not allow same-sex marriage licenses

    Attorney General Richard Blumenthal today released a legal opinion saying same-sex couples cannot marry in Connecticut, because our statutes do not allow or authorize issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Blumenthal issued his opinion in response to written inquiries by municipal officials on how to respond to same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Connecticut towns and cities.

    "Under current law, same-sex couples cannot legally marry in Connecticut," Blumenthal said. "The legislature has provided no legal authority to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple. Whatever our own personal beliefs, we are bound by the laws adopted by our legislature and interpreted by our courts. Our law can be altered--and is developing --but that is the responsibility of our General Assembly."

    "We decline to answer another legal question: To what extent will Connecticut recognize same-sex marriages performed out of state? An answer would require me to make law, not interpret it."

    Source: Connecticut Attorney General's Office Press Release May 17, 2004

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