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Michelle Lujan-Grisham on Civil Rights

 


Legal equality regardless of sexual orientation

I strongly support legal equality and the same basic human rights for all and will fight against discrimination in any context, regardless of race, creed, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

I was an early advocate for the Hate Crimes Act and spearheaded efforts to recognize same-sex partners as legally qualified to make medical and healthcare decisions for their partners. New Mexico was the first state to include the provision in state law.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, michellelujangrisham.com , Nov 6, 2012

Advocate for elder rights and women's rights

Throughout her career I have been a strong leader and advocate for elder rights, patient rights, access to comprehensive health care and other social justice issues, all of which impact women and their families.

In my work with elders and families, there has always been an emphasis on the specific impact and issues of women, since there is a higher percentage of women over age 65; and women are at a particular financial disadvantage in regards to benefits and consumer issues.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, michellelujangrisham.com , Nov 6, 2012

Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Congressional Summary:
    Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) to add or expand definitions of several terms used in such Act, including :
  1. "culturally specific services" to mean community-based services that offer culturally relevant and linguistically specific services and resources to culturally specific communities;
  2. "personally identifying information" with respect to a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
  3. "underserved populations" as populations that face barriers in accessing and using victim services because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity; and
  4. "youth" to mean a person who is 11 to 24 years old.

Opponent's Argument for voting No (The Week; Huffington Post, and The Atlantic): House Republicans had objected to provisions in the Senate bill that extended VAWA's protections to lesbians, gays, immigrants, and Native Americans. For example, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) voted against the VAWA bill because it was a "politically–motivated, constitutionally-dubious Senate version bent on dividing women into categories by race, transgender politics and sexual preference." The objections can be grouped in two broadly ideological areas--that the law is an unnecessary overreach by the federal government, and that it represents a "feminist" attack on family values. The act's grants have encouraged states to implement "mandatory-arrest" policies, under which police responding to domestic-violence calls are required to make an arrest. These policies were intended to combat the too-common situation in which a victim is intimidated into recanting an abuse accusation. Critics also say VAWA has been subject to waste, fraud, and abuse because of insufficient oversight.

Reference: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Bill H.R.11 ; vote number 13-HV055 on Feb 28, 2013

Opposes a DOMA amendment.

Lujan-Grisham opposes the CC Voters Guide question on a DOMA amendment

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "U.S. Constitutional Amendment to prohibit same sex marriage"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q3a on Oct 31, 2012

Supports same-sex marriage.

Lujan-Grisham supports the PVS survey question on same-sex marriage

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q3 on Aug 30, 2012

Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools.

Lujan-Grisham co-sponsored Student Non-Discrimination Act

Congressional Summary: