State of Maine Archives: on Civil Rights


Eliot Cutler: Worked to uphold a law legalizing same-sex marriage

EqualityMaine endorsed Mike Michaud, but also has strong links to independent candidate Eliot Cutler. Cutler has been a major donor to EqualityMaine and its causes in the past. In 2009, he and his wife contributed $14,600 to efforts to uphold a law legalizing same-sex marriage, according to the Maine Ethics Commission. EqualityMaine's former longtime director gave the independent an enthusiastic endorsement just two weeks after Michaud announced in early November he is gay.

A Cutler spokeswoman issued a statement contrasting the independent's history supporting gay rights with Michaud's background on the issue:

"Eliot Cutler and his family have stood side by side with the LGBT community for decades as outspoken advocates and supporters. Mike Michaud's voting record in the Maine Legislature--19 consecutive votes against equal rights for the LGBT community--speaks for itself."

Michaud's campaign says Michaud, like many politicians, has evolved on the issues over time.

Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine gubernatorial race Jan 2, 2014

Michael Michaud: Would be 1st openly gay governor; but evolved on LGBT rights

Maine's oldest and largest gay rights advocacy group has endorsed Democratic US Rep. Mike Michaud in the state's 2014 gubernatorial race, throwing its weight behind the 6-term congressman who would become the nation's first openly gay governor. EqualityMaine's former longtime director gave the independent candidate Eliot Cutler an enthusiastic endorsement just two weeks after Michaud announced in early November he is gay.

A Cutler spokeswoman said, "Mike Michaud's voting record in the Maine Legislature--19 consecutive votes against equal rights for the LGBT community--speaks for itself."

Michaud's campaign has downplayed the lawmaker's record in the Maine Legislature, saying he, like many politicians, has evolved on the issues over time. Staffers point to his record in D.C., where he has earned a near-perfect approval rating from the Human Rights Campaign for his votes on issues of LGBT equality.

Source: Bangor Daily News on 2014 Maine gubernatorial race Jan 2, 2014

Eliot Cutler: Early and vocal supporter of Maine's marriage equality

I have been committed to equal rights and to equal opportunity for all Maine citizens for my entire life. Ensuring equal rights and remedying existing inequities serve to strengthen the very core of our state, and I am proud to have been an early and vocal supporter of Maine's historic marriage equality referendum.
Source: 2014 gubernatorial campaign website, CutlerForMaine.com Dec 31, 2013

Charlie Summers: Marriage is between a man and a woman

Opposes same-sex marriage. Quote: "I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman."
Source: Public Broadcasting "Your Vote 2012" Maine Senate debate Sep 1, 2012

Angus King: Supports gay marriage

King would pass a general Democratic litmus test: He is prochoice on abortion, supports gay marriage, backs President Obama's health care law, and opposes GOP efforts to transform Medicare into a voucher program. Indeed, he has endorsed Obama for reelection.

But he insists that he has conservative values when it comes to fiscal responsibility. "I think you should have a 'pay-as-you-go' system,'' he said.

Source: Boston Globe, "Independent", on 2012 Maine Senate Debates Apr 19, 2012

Charlie Summers: No same-sex marriage; defined by Constitutional Amendment

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?

A: No.

Q: Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?

A: Yes.

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Charlie Summers: Affirmative action ok, but not in contracting decisions

Q: Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?

A: No.

Q: Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?

A: Yes.

Q:

Source: Maine Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Matt Dunlap: Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws

Source: Maine Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Matt Dunlap: Affirmative action ok, but not on state contracts

On Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on: College and university admissions?

A: No.

Q: Public employment?

A: Yes.

Q: State contracting?

A: No.

Source: Maine Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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