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Janet Napolitano on Civil Rights

Democratic AZ Governor; Designee for Secretary of Homeland Security


Not gay; just a straight, single workaholic

Napolitano, who has never been married or had children, has long been the subject of a whisper campaign about her sexuality, including some dirty campaign tricks in 2002 when 'vote gay' fliers were posted next to her campaign signs. She is not gay, she has said, 'just a straight, single workaholic.'
Source: The Arizona Republic , Sep 24, 2009

Marriage is 1-man-1-woman, but oppose Prop.107 defining it

Arizona voters will be asked to decide on Proposition 107, known as Protect Marriage Arizona. On its surface, the initiative is about gay marriage. Though same-sex marriage is illegal in Arizona, if the proposition passes, an article on marriage would be added to the state Constitution that could be changed only by another constitutional amendment.

What it says: "To preserve and protect marriage in this state, only a union between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage by this state or its political subdivisions and no legal status for unmarried persons shall be created or recognized by this state or its political subdivisions that is similar to that of marriage."

Gov. Napolitano believes marriage is between one man and one woman, but she opposes Proposition 107. Napolitano, who has never been married or had children, has long been the subject of a whisper campaign about her sexuality. She is not gay, she has said, "just a straight, single workaholic."

Source: Amanda J. Crawford in The Arizona Republic , Sep 24, 2006

Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all.

Napolitano adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Strengthen America’s Common Civic Culture
The more ethnically and culturally diverse America becomes, the harder we must all work to affirm our common civic culture -- the values and democratic institutions we share and that define our national identity as Americans. This means we should resist an “identity politics” that confers rights and entitlements on groups and instead affirm our common rights and responsibilities as citizens. Multiethnic democracy requires fighting discrimination against marginalized groups; empowering the disadvantaged to join the economic, political, and cultural mainstream; and respecting diversity while insisting that what we have in common as Americans is more important than how we differ. One way to encourage an ethic of citizenship and mutual obligation is to promote voluntary national service. If expanded to become available to everyone who wants to participate, national service can help turn the strong impulse toward volunteerism among our young people into a major resource in addressing our social problems. It will also help revive a sense of patriotism and national unity at a time when military service is no longer the common experience of young Americans.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC6 on Aug 1, 2000

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