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Peter Shumlin on Civil Rights


Repeal DOMA; treat all of our citizens equally

I joined 15 other governors & mayors in urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

It disrespects states' decisions to treat all of our citizens equally, and even requires our states' governments to actively discriminate against our own lawfully-married citizens.

We've shown that respecting and supporting all families makes our state and our communities stronger. I have no doubt that getting rid of DOMA will likewise make our nation stronger.

Source: 2011 gubernatorial press release, "Repeal DOMA" , Nov 10, 2011

Apply laws equally to gays and all groups

A more inclusive and just nation that takes into accounts the rights and benefits of all groups is a central part of Peter's vision for Vermont. With the right Governor in place, Vermont can lead the nation in ensuring that all our laws are applied equally, encompassing the legitimate concerns of all its citizens--women, men, lesbians, gays, heterosexuals, Native Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanics, or Caucasians.
Source: Campaign website,, "Issues" , Nov 2, 2010

Other governors on Civil Rights: Peter Shumlin on other issues:

VT Senatorial:
Bernie Sanders
Patrick Leahy

Newly seated 2013:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

Up for election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie
NJ-D: Barbara Buono
VA: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe
Up for re-election 2014:
AK: Sean Parnell
AL: Robert Bentley
AR: Mike Beebe
AZ: Jan Brewer
CA: Jerry Brown
CO: John Hickenlooper
CT: Dan Malloy
FL: Rick Scott
GA: Nathan Deal
HI: Neil Abercrombie
IA: Terry Branstad
ID: Butch Otter
IL: Pat Quinn
KS: Sam Brownback
MA: Deval Patrick
MD: Martin O'Malley
ME: Paul LePage
MI: Rick Snyder
MN: Mark Dayton
NH: Maggie Hassan
NM: Susana Martinez
NV: Brian Sandoval
NY: Andrew Cuomo
OH: John Kasich
OK: Mary Fallin
OR: John Kitzhaber
PA: Tom Corbett
RI: Linc Chafee
SC: Nikki Haley
SD: Dennis Daugaard
TN: Bill Haslam
TX: Rick Perry
VT: Peter Shumlin
WI: Scott Walker
WY: Matt Mead
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