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Kweisi Mfume on Civil Rights

Democratic Senate Challenger (MD); previously U.S. Representative


Full civil rights for gays and lesbians

After the Maryland Supreme Court ruled that the state's ban on same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, Mfume was the only candidate to come out for full civil rights for gays and lesbians; his fellow Democrats danced around the issue.
Source: Joshua Holland, AlterNet, "Can Kweisi Make It" Feb 21, 2006

Supports full benefits & rights of gay marriage

Maryland has been pushed into the national spotlight since the Baltimore Circuit Court ruled Friday that it was unconstitutional to prohibit gays and lesbians from marrying. The decision is being appealed. "As someone who was raised to believe in traditional marriage, it does not mean others cannot have different beliefs," Mfume said. "I recognize [civil union] laws don't cover all the benefits and all the rights that could and should be accrued to same sex couples."
Source: Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, Washington Blade Jan 23, 2006

No constitutional Amendment defining traditional marriage

Mfume has in the past supported civil unions and opposed efforts to amend the federal constitution to block states from marrying gay couples. "Gay marriage is a difficult religious and philosophical issue," Mfume said. "However, governments must respect equal protection for all people regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation. Are we prepared to give that equal protection to all people?" he said. "I don't know how the courts could have come up with any decision than what they did."
Source: Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, Washington Blade Jan 23, 2006

Other candidates on Civil Rights: Kweisi Mfume on other issues:
MD Gubernatorial:
Martin O`Malley
Robert Ehrlich
MD Senatorial:
Barbara Mikulski
Benjamin Cardin
Daniel Vovak
Kevin Zeese
Michael Steele
Paul Sarbanes

2004 Presidential:
Pres.George W. Bush
Sen.John Kerry
Ralph Nader

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Sen.Hillary Clinton
Sen.John Edwards
Sen.Russ Feingold
Rudy Giuliani
V.P.Al Gore
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Sen.John McCain


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Paul Sarbanes(D,MD)
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