State of Maryland Archives: on Civil Rights

Martin O`Malley: Civil marriage rights for all Marylanders

I'd like to talk about equality of civil marriage rights for all Marylanders. Our State was founded for religious freedom--and at the heart of religious freedom is respect for the freedom of individual conscience. The way forward, the way to sustain and enhance our common life together, is equal respect for the freedom of all.

We all want the same thing for our children; we want our children to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home protected equally under the law. It is not right or just that the children of gay couples should have lesser protections than the children of other families in our State. Nor would it be right to force religious institutions to conduct marriages that conflict with their own religious beliefs and teachings.

In Maryland, we already recognize civil marriages performed in other states. It is time to pass a civil marriage law that protects religious freedom and civil marriage rights equally.

Source: 2012 Maryland State of the State Address Feb 3, 2012

Eric Wargotz: Uphold DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act

Wargotz responded "AGREE" to the statement "The federal Defense of Marriage Act should be upheld and federal law should continue to define marriage as a legal union exclusively between one man and one woman."
Source: Maryland Catholic Conference: 2010 Candidate Survey Aug 11, 2010

Corrogan Vaughn: Accessible, affordable health care for American citizens

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, Nov 6, 2006

Benjamin Cardin: Support affirmative action and programs that help minorities

I agree weíve made progress, we have a long way to go. When you take a look at where we are, and weíve see now one million minority owned businesses, $80 billion in revenues, but we still have a long way to go. We need to have policies that will try to make the opportunities of this nation available to all of our citizens. So yes, I support affirmative action. I support programs that will help minority businesses and in the employment of minorities and opportunities. Itís very important.
Source: 2006 Maryland Senate debate on Meet the Press Oct 29, 2006

Michael Steele: Support affirmative action and its improvements

I support the current system and improvements to the current system, keeping in mind that while we have done very well in affirmative action at our universities across this country, I look at our boardrooms across the country, I look at NBC, CNBC, Fox, all these stations, all the corporate, corporate companies-and I donít see affirmative action necessarily being practiced there when I look at the management, when I look at the leadership, when I look at those who have a decision-making role.
Source: 2006 Maryland Senate debate on Meet the Press Oct 29, 2006

Parris Glendening: Racial Profiling is immoral and must stop

We must continue to be active and engaged in the on-going struggle for justice, fairness, and inclusion. We begin by ending the reprehensible practice of Racial Profiling. It is simply outrageous that African- Americans are targeted for traffic stops in this manner. Make no mistake about it Racial Profiling does exist. It is wrong. It is immoral. It must stop! Our effort goes beyond the most urgent problem of African Americans and targets all forms of profiled traffic stops.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

Parris Glendening: Do more to foster and support small and minority business

We will take the necessary steps to update our Minority Business Program to more accurately reflect the dynamics of our changing population and business community. Not everyone has been given the opportunity to share in our prosperity. We must do more to foster and support small and minority business. Given Marylandís large and diverse minority community, our current goal of 14% minority participation in State contracts is far too low. We will lift our goal to 25%. This increase will benefit all groups that have suffered discrimination: Women, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and others. We will also give special attention to African-American businesses, which the report identifies as facing the most intense discrimination. We can come together and craft a program that is fair to minority businesses, and able to withstand the legal challenges that will result. It is the role of Government to help people achieve success.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

Parris Glendening: Combat discrimination based on sexual orientation

I will once again submit and fight for legislation to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation. As long as people are subjected to harassment and bigotry simply for their choice of partner, we will not live-up to the standards we have set for ourselves as a nation, and as a people. As you know, this is an issue of great personal importance to me: My brother Bruce, who served in the Air Force for 19 years, was gay and ultimately died of AIDS. It is chilling to think that my brotherís greatest fear was not that he would be called upon to risk--even sacrifice--his life for his country. His greatest fear was that he would be ridiculed and discharged from the service if his sexual orientation was discovered.

We can be better than we have allowed ourselves to be. We can--and must--expect nothing less from ourselves. We must continue to actively support any and all measures that secure justice for those who have been wronged and inclusion for those who have been shut out.

Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

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