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Roxanne Conlin on Civil Rights

 


No 2nd-class citizens: repeal DOMA and Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell

Conlin promises she'd vote to repeal two federal policies that she argues infringe upon the rights of gay Americans. "[Grassley] wants members of the LGBT community to be second-class citizens," Conlin said.

Conlin got sustained applause from the crow at the Iowa Democratic Party's weekend fundraiser when she made these vows: "If you sent me to Washington, I will fight to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'; I will fight to repeal DOMA and I will fight to end discrimination in employment."

As for the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Grassley argues Congress should wait for a Defense Department study before voting to end it. "I think that congress ought to have that information before we vote," Grassley said. "And so I'm going to wait until that study comes out at the end of the year because I don't want to do anything with a program that has worked good for 18 years and has allowed the military to carry out its mission to make it more difficult for a combat organization to do its mission."

Source: Radio Iowa coverage of 2010 Iowa Senate Debate Oct 19, 2010

1970s: Discrimination on basis of pregnancy made illegal

Throughout my professional life, in every way possible, I have tried to assure that women and girls are treated equally and fairly. I drafted the first law in the nation that protected the privacy of rape victims. In the 1970s, teachers and other women workers lost their jobs simply because they were pregnant. I took a case to the Iowa Supreme Court; [they found] that discrimination on the basis of pregnancy was illegal and to ensure that women could no longer get fired because they were pregnant.
Source: Campaign website, www.RoxanneForIowa, "Issues" Jul 20, 2010

Pass Paycheck Fairness Act to close gender pay gap

In January 2009, the House approved the Paycheck Fairness Act, a measure that would help close the yawning pay gap between men and women which still exists by, among other things, making stronger remedies available under the existing Equal Pay Act, protecting employees from retaliation, and ensuring that courts require employers to show that wage disparities are job-related, not sex-based, & consistent with business needs. It is time for the Senate to stop dawdling & approve this much needed law.
Source: Campaign website, www.RoxanneForIowa, "Issues" Jul 20, 2010

Supports marriage equality for same-sex couples

I will continue to work for equal rights for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation or condition of disability as I have done in both the public and private practice of law for four decades.

I am proud of Iowa's historic leadership on equal rights for all of our citizens. I proudly signed an amicus brief in support of marriage equality in Iowa's landmark Varnum v. Brien case.

Source: Campaign website, www.RoxanneForIowa, "Issues" Jul 20, 2010

Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage.

Conlin opposes the CC survey question on banning same-sex marriage

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Federal Marriage Amendment to prevent same sex marriage"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q3 on Aug 11, 2010

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