Shannon O'Brien on Civil Rights

Former State Treasurer; Democratic Challenger MA Governor

Protect civil rights of gays; allow civil unions

Shannon supports full and equal rights for gay & lesbian citizens, and believes that committed couples should be able to enter into civil unions and receive full benefits and protections in Massachusetts. She opposes the "defense of marriage" legislation as well as the constitutional amendment proposals that would forever deny these protections to the families of gay men and women. Shannon believes that recognizing gay and lesbian families will strengthen communities and families.
Source: Campaign website, www.ObrienGabrieli.com/issues/ Sep 17, 2002

Supports more AIDS funding; civil unions; gay civil rights

Shannon supports full civil rights for lesbians and gay men. She won passage of a budgetary amendment to restore $2.3M for AIDS funding, providing funding for support and medical services for people who are HIV-positive or have the AIDS virus and for education, testing, and prevention services. She supports domestic partnership and civil union legislation to give gay and lesbian couples the same privileges and responsibilities that heterosexual couples enjoy.
Source: Campaign web site, ShannonObrien.com, "Issue Briefs" Feb 16, 2002

Other governors on Civil Rights: Shannon O'Brien on other issues:
AK Frank Murkowski
AL Bob Riley
AR Mike Huckabee
AZ Janet Napolitano
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
CO Bill Owens
CT Jodi Rell
DE Ruth Ann Minner
FL Jeb Bush
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
IA Tom Vilsack
ID Dirk Kempthorne
IL Rod Blagojevich
IN Mitch Daniels
KS Kathleen Sebelius
KY Ernie Fletcher
LA Kathleen Blanco
MA Mitt Romney
MD Bob Ehrlich
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
MN Tim Pawlenty
MO Matt Blunt
MS Haley Barbour
MT Brian Schweitzer
NC Mike Easley
ND John Hoeven
NE Dave Heineman
NH John Lynch
NJ Jon Corzine
NM Bill Richardson
NV Kenny Guinn
NY George Pataki
OH Bob Taft
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Don Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
TX Rick Perry
UT Jon Huntsman
VA Tim Kaine
VT Jim Douglas
WA Christine Gregoire
WI Jim Doyle
WV Joe Manchin III
WY Dave Freudenthal
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