State of Delaware Archives: on Civil Rights


Lisa Blunt Rochester: Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act for gender pay equity

Equal Pay for Equal Work: "I will stand up to the politicians in Washington who oppose efforts to guarantee equal pay for equal work. This is about fairness and it is about strengthening our families" --Lisa Blunt Rochester

Women in Delaware make on average 81% of the wages earned by their male counterparts and that rate is even less for Latino and African American women. In Congress, Lisa will be a champion for Equal Pay by:

Source: 2016 Delaware House campaign website LisaBluntRochester.com Nov 8, 2016

Colin Bonini: Opposed same-sex marriage for Delaware

The Washington Blade has learned seven of the 12 Delaware state senators who had previously not stated their position on the state's same-sex marriage bill plan to vote against it next week. Aides for state Sen. Colin Bonini (R-Dover) [and six others] said the lawmakers will vote against House Bill 75 when the state Senate considers the measure on May 7. Eleven of Delaware's 21 senators need to vote for HB 75 in order for it to pass.

Equality Delaware's President reiterated to the Blade she remains optimistic HB 75 will pass. "I am confident we will have the votes to pass marriage equality in Delaware," she said.

Neighboring Maryland is among the nine states and D.C. that currently allow same-sex marriage. The Delaware Senate vote on HB 75 is scheduled to take place five days after Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed his state's same-sex marriage bill into law. Gov. Jack Markell has said he will sign HB 75 into law if lawmakers approve it.

Source: Washington Blade on 2016 Delaware Gubernatorial debate May 3, 2013

Jack Markell: Supported same-sex marriage for Delaware

The Washington Blade has learned seven of the 12 Delaware state senators who had previously not stated their position on the state's same-sex marriage bill plan to vote against it next week. Aides for state Sen. Colin Bonini (R-Dover) [and six others] said the lawmakers will vote against House Bill 75 when the state Senate considers the measure on May 7. Eleven of Delaware's 21 senators need to vote for HB 75 in order for it to pass.

Equality Delaware's President reiterated to the Blade she remains optimistic HB 75 will pass. "I am confident we will have the votes to pass marriage equality in Delaware," she said.

Neighboring Maryland is among the nine states and D.C. that currently allow same-sex marriage. The Delaware Senate vote on HB 75 is scheduled to take place five days after Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed his state's same-sex marriage bill into law. Gov. Jack Markell has said he will sign HB 75 into law if lawmakers approve it.

Source: Washington Blade on 2016 Delaware Gubernatorial debate May 3, 2013

Alex Pires: Women are treated disproportionately poorly

One audience member noted the political preoccupation with abortion and contraception, and if they thought human rights or religious rights were more important. "We have 100 Senators; 17 of them are women," Pires said. "I think women are treated disproportionately poor." The government should focus on human rights; religion is a personal matter, he said.
Source: Cape Gazette on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Alex Pires: Gay people are equal

Carper said it is up to the states' legislatures to decide who can get married in their state. Pires criticized Carper for speaking in "double-talk" while answering "I support gay marriage. Gay people are equal."
Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Kevin Wade: Marriage is fundamental building block for any community

Pires said, "I support gay marriage. Gay people are equal."

Wade called the issue a "fringe issue," but continued, "I will state for the record, I know that marriage is between man and a woman and is the fundamental building block for any community and any nation."

Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Tom Carper: Let state legislatures decide who can get married

Carper said it is up to the states' legislatures to decide who can get married in their state. Pires criticized Carper for speaking in "double-talk" while answering "I support gay marriage. Gay people are equal."
Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Tom Carper: Repeal DOMA; it's unconstitutional

Carper said he agrees with recent courts' ruling that the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1996 giving states the grounds to bar same-sex couples from getting married, is unconstitutional. "Would I vote to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act? I would. And when you've got four of five courts saying something is unconstitutional, I think we should fix it," Carper said.
Source: Newark Post on 2012 Delaware Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Chris Coons: Targeted by Stonewall as pro-LGBT candidate

Notice from Stonewall ElectEquality program:

Stonewall is an organization dedicated to electing pro-LGBT candidates to office. Our 10 focused federal candidates will be the beneficiaries of a coordinated online and offline campaign, including our placing a full-time organizer to organize LGBT volunteers and turnout for Chris Coons. With your help, we can increase constituent knowledge about Chris Coons support for LGBT equality and our desire to help him out in the fall.

Source: Stonewall press release on Delaware Liberal (DL blog) Jun 17, 2010

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