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John Hickenlooper on Civil Rights

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrew, Aug. 2019); CO Governor

 


Supports commission investigating reparations for slavery

At Al Sharpton's National Action Network convention in New York City, most of the 2020 contenders affirmed their support for a bill that would create a commission to study reparations for African-Americans. Hickenlooper, who began with a longer response to Sharpton's question about the bill, offered a playfully curt "yes, I'm gonna pass it!" when pushed by a shout from the audience to simply tell the crowd: "Yes or no?"
Source: CNBC: 2019 National Action Network & 2020 Democratic primary , Apr 5, 2019

Supports gay marriage and LGBTQ rights

Hickenlooper supports gay marriage and LGBTQ rights. As governor, HIckenlooper called a special session of the state legislature in 2012 to challenge Republican opposition to legislation that would have legalized civil unions in the state. A few months later, Democrats won a majority in the state Assembly and Hickenlooper signed the legislation into law.
Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Mar 4, 2019

2012: It's time to pass civil unions

Next up [in my state-of-the-state speech] was our major policy agenda item for that session.

I said: "We believe we should legislate what happens inside a church or place of worship, but government should treat all people equally."

I said: "It's time to pass civil unions."

Most everyone on the floor of the chamber rose from their seats and applauded. Each legislator who stood and clapped was an exclamation point on the statement. Many republicans remained notably seated and stoic.

Source: 2012 State of the State, in "The Opposite of Woe," p.284 , May 24, 2016

Let's pass civil unions!

Let's pass civil unions! Some of us tried very hard, but it didn't get done last year. This year, let's do it. Let's pass civil unions!
Source: 2013 Colorado State of the State address , Jan 10, 2013

Against amending Constitution to ban gay marriage

He backs legal recognition of same-sex couples. In 2004, he spoke up against efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban gay marriage even though as Denver mayor he was under no obligation to address the federal issue.
Source: WhoRunsGov.com, profile on John Hickenlooper , Nov 9, 2011

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Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
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Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
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