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Gray Davis on Civil Rights

Former Democratic CA Governor


Register domestic partnerships and provide partner benefits

Governor Davis established the nation’s first statewide registry of domestic partnerships.

The Governor made health benefits available to domestic partners of state employees and permitted local governments to provide domestic partner benefits to their employees.

Source: Official gubernatorial website, www.governor.ca.gov , Sep 1, 2003

Allow adoptions by gay parents

The Governor revoked state regulations automatically opposing the adoptions of foster children by gay and other unmarried couples, impacting all California adoption agencies, county welfare departments, and social service agencies.
Source: Official gubernatorial website, www.governor.ca.gov , Sep 1, 2003

Look for racial profiling data in traffic stops

The Governor believes that the first step toward eliminating racial profiling is to find out where and how often it occurs. To that end, Governor Davis has ordered the California Highway Patrol to analyze traffic stop data-the race of who was stopped, the reason and eventual outcome.
Source: Official gubernatorial website, www.governor.ca.gov , Sep 1, 2003

Expanded definition of hate crimes to include gays

Davis expanded the definition of hate crimes to include “national origin” and “sexual orientation.”. He created a Blue Ribbon Panel to conduct a comprehensive study of current laws to combat “hate groups” and paramilitary organizations operating in California.
Source: Official gubernatorial website, www.governor.ca.gov , Sep 1, 2003

Enforced job & housing rights for disabled & minorities

Source: Official gubernatorial website, www.governor.ca.gov , Sep 1, 2003

Supported legal benefits for gay & lesbian partnerships

Source: Official gubernatorial website, www.governor.ca.gov , Sep 1, 2003

Support flag burning amendment; oppose gay marriage

At home he angered liberals by agreeing to phase out a gasoline additive backed by environmentalists and to support the flag burning amendment. He opposed a plan to renovate the Bay Bridge supported by Mayors Willie Brown and Jerry Brown as too expensive. He opposed trial lawyers’ proposal to raise the cap on medical malpractice awards. He opposed gay marriage. He supported Wilson’s reduction in car taxes and opposed taxes on Internet commerce.
Source: National Journal, the Almanac of American Politics , Feb 11, 2000

Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment.

Davis adopted the National Governors Association policy:

In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.

The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy EC-14: Equal Rights Policy 01-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2001

Other governors on Civil Rights: Gray Davis on other issues:
CA Gubernatorial:
Jerry Brown
CA Senatorial:
Barbara Boxer
Dianne Feinstein

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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Page last updated: Nov 23, 2011