Martin O`Malley on Civil Rights



Settled lawsuit with ACLU about race-based arrests

Q: In one year 100,000 arrests were made in your city of 640,000 people. The ACLU, the NAACP sued the city, and the city settled, saying a lot of arrests were without probable cause.

O'MALLEY: The key word is the word "settle." Arrests peaked in 2003, but they declined every year after that as we restored peace in our poorer neighborhoods so that people could actually walk and not have to worry about their kids or their loved ones being victims of violent crime.

Source: 2015 CNN Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas , Oct 13, 2015

All are created equal, including gay, lesbian & transgender

My fellow Americans, I want to talk with you today about The American Dream we share: its powerful history; its current condition; and most importantly, its urgent need for rebuilding.

Our nation was founded on two self-evident truths: That all of us are created equal, and that we are endowed by our Creator with the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

With these words, the American dream began. No fine print. No expiration date. All of us are included. Women and men. Black and white people. Irish Americans, Asian Americans, Latino Americans, Native Americans. Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Americans. Young and old. Rich and poor. Workers and business owners. Gay, lesbian, transgender and straight Americans. Every person is important, each of us is needed.

Source: 2016 presidential campaign website, MartinOMalley.com , May 30, 2015

Led Maryland to 2012 same-sex marriage law

Hillary Clinton's position on same-sex marriage has evolved. She opposed it 2008, said it was "a matter left to the states" in 2014, and now supports it in this campaign. In contrast, O'Malley has held solid ground on the issue and led Maryland's passage of a same-sex marriage law in 2012.

This month he said he was "glad secretary Clinton's come around to the right positions on these issues" and criticised her for poll-testing policies rather than following principles.

Source: Irish Times 2015 coverage of 2016 presidential hopefuls , Apr 27, 2015

Respect dignity of individuals & support same-sex marriage

Q: You supported same-sex marriage, the Dream Act, gun control. Now, you're looking at an increase in the minimum wage. Those are policies which we used to call liberal agenda..

O'MALLEY: Yes. And I'm proud of each of those things. I'm proud of the people of our state. But, also, being an inclusive people, respecting the dignity of every individual, these things are also good for an economy.

Source: CNN SOTU 2014 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2014

Civil marriage rights for all Marylanders

I'd like to talk about equality of civil marriage rights for all Marylanders. Our State was founded for religious freedom--and at the heart of religious freedom is respect for the freedom of individual conscience. The way forward, the way to sustain and enhance our common life together, is equal respect for the freedom of all.

We all want the same thing for our children; we want our children to live in a loving, caring, committed, and stable home protected equally under the law. It is not right or just that the children of gay couples should have lesser protections than the children of other families in our State. Nor would it be right to force religious institutions to conduct marriages that conflict with their own religious beliefs and teachings.

In Maryland, we already recognize civil marriages performed in other states. It is time to pass a civil marriage law that protects religious freedom and civil marriage rights equally.

Source: 2012 Maryland State of the State Address , Feb 3, 2012

Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all.

O`Malley adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Strengthen America’s Common Civic Culture
The more ethnically and culturally diverse America becomes, the harder we must all work to affirm our common civic culture -- the values and democratic institutions we share and that define our national identity as Americans. This means we should resist an “identity politics” that confers rights and entitlements on groups and instead affirm our common rights and responsibilities as citizens. Multiethnic democracy requires fighting discrimination against marginalized groups; empowering the disadvantaged to join the economic, political, and cultural mainstream; and respecting diversity while insisting that what we have in common as Americans is more important than how we differ. One way to encourage an ethic of citizenship and mutual obligation is to promote voluntary national service. If expanded to become available to everyone who wants to participate, national service can help turn the strong impulse toward volunteerism among our young people into a major resource in addressing our social problems. It will also help revive a sense of patriotism and national unity at a time when military service is no longer the common experience of young Americans.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC6 on Aug 1, 2000

Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage.

O`Malley 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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