Ralph Northam on Civil Rights



Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

If we are going to work together to ensure that every Virginian has equal opportunity for a successful life, that means enshrining equal rights for women and legal protections against discrimination in our laws. This is not a partisan issue, and legislators from both parties have long championed this idea. Virginia can be the 38th and final state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment this year--it's time we do so.
Source: 2019 State of the State address to Virginia legislature , Jan 9, 2019

Look harder for diverse candidates for leadership roles

This cabinet is led by women. And like this new General Assembly, it is also one of the most diverse in our history. This management team can be an example to our friends in the corporate world.

When people say, "we can't find enough women, or enough diverse candidates for leadership roles," I say--you're not looking hard enough.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Virginia legislature , Jan 16, 2018

Backs marriage rights for same-sex couples

Northam publicly backs marriage rights for same-sex couples. The lieutenant governor in February cast the tie-breaking vote in the state Senate that allowed the passage of a bill that sought to ban discrimination against government employees because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure later died in a Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee. "Employment discrimination in any form is truly unacceptable," said Northam after voting in support of the anti-discrimination bill.
Source: Washington Blade on 2017 Virginia governor's race , Nov 17, 2015

Tie-breaking vote against gay workplace discrimination

Dr. Northam promises to approach public service with the same passion and focus on results that he served with in the military and as a doctor. He believes that you reach across the aisle to get things done without ever compromising your core beliefs and always by fighting for what's right.

"I am proud to support progress for all Virginians. During the past two legislative sessions, I cast tie-breaking votes to ban employment discrimination based on sexual orientation in state government."

Source: 2016-17 Virginia gubernatorial campaign website , Nov 1, 2015

Treat same-sex couples equally and fairly under the law

I cherish my marriage and my family over all else and I cannot imagine the government taking that right away from me. There is no excuse to discriminate against Virginians based on whom they love or to stigmatize the children of same-sex couples as unequal because their parents cannot marry.

I recently met with a constituent who broke down in tears because his gay son's love would be treated as second-class. This inequality and callousness must end. That is why I will continue to fight to ensure that all Virginians will be treated equally and fairly under the law.

The Supreme Court made the right decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). I believe that it unfairly discriminated against millions of Americans and the court was correct to rule it unconstitutional. As your Lt. Governor I will put a stop to the divisive agenda that has derailed Virginia from moving forward.

Source: 2016-17 VA gubernatorial campaign website NorthamForLG.com , Nov 1, 2013

Other governors on Civil Rights: Ralph Northam on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Bob McDonnell
Frank Wagner
Ken Cuccinelli
Mark Herring
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
Tim Kaine
Tom Perriello
VA Senatorial:
Corey Stewart
Daniel Gade
Mark Warner
Nick Freitas
Scott Taylor
Tim Kaine

Gubernatorial Debates 2019:
Bevin(R) vs.Goforth(R,lost primary) vs.Adkins(D,lost primary) vs.Beshear(D) vs.Edelen(D,lost primary)
Edwards(D) vs.Rispone(R) vs.Abraham(R) vs.Kennedy(R,declined)
Bryant(R,retiring) vs.Foster(R) vs.Hood(D) vs.Reeves(R) vs.Waller(R)

Gubernatorial Debates 2021:
Murphy(D) vs.Ciattarelli(R)
Northam(D,term-limited) vs.Herring(D)

Gubernatorial Debates 2020:
DE: vs.Carney(incumbent) - no challengers yet
IN: vs.Holcomb(incumbent) vs.Melton(D) vs.Woody Myers(D)
MO: Parson(incumbent) vs.Nicole Galloway(D) vs.Jim Neely(R)
MT: Bullock(retiring) vs.Fox(R) vs.Perry(R) vs.Gianforte(R) vs.Stapleton(R) vs.Olszewski(R) vs.Neill(D) vs.Schreiner(D)
NC: Cooper(incumbent) vs.Forest(R) vs.Holly Grange(R)
ND: Burgum(incumbent) vs.Michael Coachman(R)
NH: Sununu(incumbent) vs.Volinksy(D) vs.Dan Feltes(D)
PR: Rossello(D) vs.Wanda Vazquez Garced(D)
UT: Herbert(retiring) vs.Huntsman(R) vs.Cox(R) vs.Jeff Burningham(R)
VT: Scott(incumbent) vs.Rebecca Holcombe(D)
WA: Inslee(incumbent) vs.Bryant(R) vs.Fortunato(R)
WV: Justice(incumbent) vs.Folk(R) vs.Thrasher(R) vs.Vanover(D) vs.Smith(D) vs.Ron Stollings(D)
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