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Marty Walsh on Civil Rights

 


Care for our LGBTQ elders and support our LGBTQ youth

Despite great strides towards equality over the last two decades, there is still work to be done here. A Walsh Administration will be steadfast in meaningfully addressing the issues that remain, including caring for our LGBTQ elders and supporting our LGBTQ youth. Marty recognizes that Boston's municipal government must continue to support and promote LGBTQ equality. He knows that when equality is comprehensively supported and promoted, all of Boston is enriched.
Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, MartyWalsh.org, "Issues" , Nov 7, 2013

Gender wage gap is still $10B per year in Boston

The statistics on women in Boston are staggering. Women working in Boston lose $9.7 billion annually because of the still remaining gender wage gap. Almost a quarter of all women and more than half of Boston's female-headed families with children under 18 live in poverty. These trends are all substantially worse for women of color and are particularly devastating for poor and working class women, who face substantial hurdles to find affordable housing, safe child care, and living-wage paying jobs
Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, MartyWalsh.org, "Issues" , Nov 7, 2013

Voted NO on defining marriage as one man and one woman

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting NO in Part I: Families & Children:Domestic Partnership. [State Rep. Walsh voted NO].

Vote on a proposed Constitutional amendment: "It being the public policy of the Commonwealth to protect the unique relationship of marriage, only the union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Massachusetts. This article is self-executing, but the General Court may enact laws... establishing civil unions."

Relevant platform section:Part I: Families & Children: Domestic Partnership: "We oppose actions that would define marriage solely as a relationship between a man and a woman, and that would ban the recognition of any other relationship as marriage or its legal equivalent. We oppose efforts that would ban the provision of any benefits to gay and lesbian families that are now granted exclusively to married couples."

Source citation: Constitutional Amendment ; vote number 522

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Feb 11, 2004

Opposed $200K reduction to blind job program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which reduced by $200,000 the funding for the Ferguson Industries for the Blind, which employs blind individuals as well as providing them an opportunity for socialization and a chance to mingle with peers, learn daily living skills and gain a feeling of independence.

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We reaffirm our support for The Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws to prevent discrimination on the basis of disability, and for efforts to bring the Commonwealth into full ADA compliance. We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 25

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Jul 10, 2003

Opposed $900K for disability & mentoring aid

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part I: Families & Children:Persons with Disabilities. [State Rep. Walsh voted NO].

Override Gov. Romney's reduction of a Budget Line Item which cut: $99,000 for Special Olympics Massachusetts; $304,000 for Work, Inc. and $500,000 for Best Buddies Massachusetts [two programs for job training of people with disabilities].

Relevant platform section: PART I: FAMILIES & CHILDREN, DIVERSITY & COMMUNITY: Persons with Disabilities: "We believe state assistance should be made more readily available for community-based care, and should not be inappropriately biased toward institutional settings."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 254

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Jul 10, 2003

Supported "Turning 22" mental disability program

Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform indicates voting YES in Part III: Health Care:Mental Health. [State Rep. Walsh voted YES].

Override Gov. Romney's veto of a Budget Line Item which eliminated state funding for the "Turning 22" program, which provides residential and treatment services for severely disabled individuals (who are mandated to exit other state programs after age 21). "Turning 22" is designed to allow a person to remain where his or her family lives.

Relevant platform section: PART III: HEALTH CARE, ACCESS & CHOICE: Mental Health: "Our Party supports the full implementation of mental health policies which will provide emergence care, family support, and appropriate housing to our citizens with chronic mental health disorders."

Source citation: Veto Override ; vote number 253

Source: Massachusetts House Journals via MassScorecard.org , Jul 10, 2003

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