State of Michigan secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Tim Walz: No discrimination because of who they love

According to current law, states may decide whether or not they will recognize or perform same-sex marriages. Many states have passed constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman, while others allow same-sex marriages or civil unions. As you may know, the Supreme Court recently declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Section 3 used specific language to ensure that only heterosexual couples would receive recognition from the federal government. The federal government will now recognize same-sex marriages from states that have already passed legislation legalizing these marriages.

I am a strong supporter of marriage equality and legislation that provides civil rights protections for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. No one should be discriminated against because of who they love.

Source: 2018 MI gubernatorial campaign website walz.house.gov May 2, 2017

Tim Walz: Freedom from discrimination is elemental concept of nation

Possibly the most elemental concept of our nation is that of equal protection under the law and freedom from discrimination. The civil rights movement of the 1950's and 60's brought about profound change and made our nation a better, more just place. Today, while our causes may have expanded, the fight continues. As a nation, we must always strive to protect civil rights and as long as I remain in Congress, I will work tirelessly to do just that.
Source: 2018 MI gubernatorial campaign website walz.house.gov May 2, 2017

Debbie Dingell: Same rights regardless of who you love

Everyone deserves the same rights and protections under the law regardless of who they are or who they love. Discrimination in housing, employment, and other facets of American life is immoral, hurts of nation's fragile economy, and must be stopped. I support policies to end discrimination and expand opportunity for all Americans regardless of race, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity & expression, and disability.
Source: 2014 MI House campaign website, DebbieDingellForCongress.com Aug 5, 2014

Debbie Dingell: End women being paid less for doing the same job as men

It is critical that we protect workers by ensuring their safety in the workplace. The right of workers to organize and collectively bargain must be protected. Too often we see blatant discrimination in employment practices, such as a woman being paid less for doing the same job as a male co-worker with the same skills. This is unacceptable. Everyone who does the same work deserves the same pay regardless of their gender. If elected to Congress I will work to ensure pay equity in the workplace.
Source: 2014 MI House campaign website, DebbieDingellForCongress.com Aug 5, 2014

Gretchen Whitmer: Yes to civil unions or same-sex marriage

Q: Should Michigan recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Michigan restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?

A: No.

Q: Should Michigan include sexual orientation in Michigan's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Source: 2004 MI Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

Gretchen Whitmer: Apply affirmative action to state hiring and state colleges

On Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies? decisions on Public employment?

A: Yes.

Q: State college and university admissions?

A: Yes.

Q: State contracting?

A: Yes.

Q: Should state colleges and universities receive funding if they use affirmative action in their admission policies?

A: Yes.

Source: 2004 MI Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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