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Robert Reich on Civil Rights

Former Secretary of Labor; Democratic Challenger MA Governor


Supports civil unions

As governor, I will actively fight to pass civil unions legislation, as well as domestic partnership legislation which would extend health insurance and other benefits to the partners of GLBT state and municipal workers.
Source: Campaign web site RobertReich.org, “Issues” , May 2, 2002

Extend partner benefits to gays

I strongly oppose all forms of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. I believe that gays and lesbians who are in committed relationships should have the same legal rights and responsibilities as married couples. It’s unconscionable that partners in long-term, loving relationships can be denied the right to visit each other in a hospital, or receive survivor benefits.
Source: Campaign web site RobertReich.org, “Issues” , May 2, 2002

Equal rights for GLBT; against DOMA

I will also beat back attempts to deny gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people equal rights, such as House Bill 4840, the “Super-DOMA” [Defense of Marriage Act] legislation that would deny legal recognition to same-sex relationships. I recently submitted testimony to the Legislature opposing the measure, and urged lawmakers to reject it. It’s mean-spirited and divisive, and should have no place in Massachusetts.
Source: Campaign web site RobertReich.org, “Issues” , May 2, 2002

Other governors on Civil Rights: Robert Reich on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Deval Patrick
MA Senatorial:
John Kerry
Scott Brown

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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