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Linda McMahon on Civil Rights

 

 


Longtime advocate for women in leadership and business

McMahon has been a longtime advocate for women in leadership and business and has been widely recognized as one of the country's top female executives. She stepped down as CEO of WWE in 2009 to run for the U.S. Senate and was the Republican nominee to represent the people of Connecticut in 2010 and 2012.
Source: SBA.gov official website for Trump Cabinet biographies , Dec 31, 2018

I'm proud of WWE history; it's not a "war on women"

Shays repeatedly attacked McMahon's professional wrestling business. His opening salvo on McMahon's career followed a moderator question about whether there exists a so-called Republican "war on women."

"I think that her business has a war on women," Shays said, and proceeded to describe one of the more provocative ring scenes in WWE history in which the candidate's husband, Vince McMahon, yelled orders. "I think when you force a woman to take off her clothes and sit down on the ground and bark like a dog, I think that's an assault on women."

McMahon responded that she was "very proud of the company that I helped grow." She gave variations of this defense throughout the debate but without addressing the substance of Shays' claims about professiona wrestling, including his suggestion that some of the "business reasons" why she contributed to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as recently as 2006 was "so the Democrat legislature wouldn't investigate steroid use in her business."

Source: The Day coverage of 2012 CT Senate debates , Jun 14, 2012

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

Opposes a DOMA amendment.

McMahon opposes the CC Voters Guide question on a DOMA amendment

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "U.S. Constitutional Amendment to prohibit same sex marriage"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q3a on Oct 31, 2012

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