State of Maryland Archives: on Civil Rights


Thomas Perez: Civil rights is part of his DNA (and job history)

It is his time as a federal prosecutor for the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and then as the head of that division under Obama that receive considerable time in his announcement video, signaling how the candidate plans to lean on his civil rights experience in his gubernatorial bid. "Civil rights is part of his DNA," former Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett says in the video.
Source: CNN.com on 2022 Maryland gubernatorial race Jun 23, 2021

John B. King: Great-grandfather enslaved; must grapple with racial equity

He said he would focus on inequity, emphasizing that he would be the first Black governor of Maryland, where his great-grandfather was enslaved. "If you look at the issues that we are facing today .?.?. they are all very much tied to the state's history around the institution of slavery, around segregation and discrimination," King said. "I think it's important for us as a state to sort of grapple with those issues of racial equity and to build a future that provides opportunity for all."
Source: Washington Post on 2022 Maryland Gubernatorial race Apr 20, 2021

Ben Jealous: At NAACP, supported same-sex marriage

Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?

Hogan: Yes. "The voters have made their decision. I will support their decision & uphold the law."

Jealous: Yes. As NAACP president, pushed for a resolution supporting same-sex marriage.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Maryland Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Ben Jealous: Protect and expand protections for LGBTQ Marylanders

In Maryland, I helped lead successful efforts to pass the Maryland DREAM Act, achieve marriage equality and abolish the death penalty.

While our state and country have made many gains, we still have much more to do to protect and advance civil rights and ensure that we eliminate inequities that exist in education, the economy and criminal justice.

Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial website BenJealous.com Jul 8, 2018

Ben Jealous: Experience as Civil Rights leader will move state forward

Maryland has been a civil rights leader before, and we can do it again. I've spent my entire adult life as a civil rights leader and community organizer, working to build broad diverse coalitions to move every community forward.
Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial campaign website, BenJealous.com Jun 26, 2018

Richard Madaleno: Equality for gender identity; end same-sex discrimination

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate Jun 1, 2018

Shawn Quinn: Strongly supports same-sex marriage

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Comfortable with same-sex marriage"?

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Governor candidate May 13, 2018

Arvin Vohra: Same-sex marriage ok; or any number of consenting adults

Q: What about same-sex marriage?

A: Strongly support. I support any number of any gender of consenting adults committing themselves to each other in any way. If 8 men and 5 women want to get married, that's their business and their right. Government should have no involvement at all. If elected, I will sponsor legislation to repeal any government involvement in marriage, including any law that interferes with gay marriage, polygamy, or any other form of commitment.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maryland Senate candidate Mar 30, 2018

Chelsea Manning: No more asking for rights, we need to fight for them

We live in trying times. Times of fear, of suppression, of hate. We don't need more or better leaders. We need someone willing to fight. We need to stop asking them to give us our rights. They won't support us. They won't compromise. We need to stop expecting that our systems will somehow fix themselves. We need to actually take the reins of power from them.
Source: YouTube video on 2018 Maryland Senate race Jan 31, 2018

Arvin Vohra: Child molesting morally indistinguishable from homosexuality

In one post, Vohra claimed that it was preferable for a fourteen-year-old to be impregnated by an adult, because then they would be less likely to collect welfare. In another comment, he insisted that child molestation was morally indistinguishable from homosexuality, and accused gay members of the party of "hypocrisy" if they disagreed. In others, he insisted the abuse of children as young as nine should be left to the discretion of their parents. That's only a small sampling.

While mainstream libertarian outlets such as Reason have long questioned some applications of age-of-consent laws, for example in cases of the 18-year-old and his 17-year-old girlfriend, or teenagers "sexting" each other, these arguments never go so far as to endorse the permissibility of genuine child molestation. Vohra went much further, denying the morality of any such limits.

Source: The Jack News on 2018 Maryland Senate race Jan 16, 2018

Libertarian Party: Right to intimacy for consenting adults regardless of gender

Arvin Vohra claimed that it was preferable for a 14-year-old to be impregnated by an adult, because then they would be less likely to collect welfare. He insisted that child molestation was morally indistinguishable from homosexuality, and accused gay members of the party of "hypocrisy" if they disagreed. He insisted the abuse of children as young as nine should be left to the discretion of their parents. That's only a small sampling.

These comments are wildly at odds with the Libertarian Party's principles. The official Libertarian Party Platform deliberately endorses the right to intimate relationships only for "consenting adults." The party's position on generally respecting the right of parents to raise their children as they see fit, likewise carefully exempts "abuse or neglect."

Vohra is the party's nominee for US Senate in Maryland. Along with the requests to suspend him from his national role, some Libertarians are also urging the Maryland party to remove him from their ticket.

Source: The Jack News on 2018 Maryland Senate race Jan 16, 2018

Arvin Vohra: Abolish Patriot Act and redundant spy agencies

When we abolish the Patriot Act and massively downsize the current redundant spy agencies into one, constitutionally limited agency, you get your privacy and dignity back. This downsize means an end to warrantless wiretapping and a renewed protection of your right to maintain your privacy against any search or seizure without probable cause. We can focus on the actual defense of our country. I want to protect the individual right to privacy (expressed in the 4th Amendment).
Source: 2018 Maryland Senate campaign website VoteVohra.com Dec 12, 2017

Richard Madaleno: Committed to fighting for marriage equality & LGBTQ rights

A lot of people know me as the person who brought marriage equality to Maryland. And I am very proud of that reputation. I stood up for the civil rights of the people of our state. These rights take many forms, and impact people in many ways. In the General Assembly, and out, I have delivered on civil rights for the people of Maryland. But I am not finished. I will never be finished. I will cede no ground on civil rights, LGBTQ rights, workers' rights, or women's rights.
Source: 2018 Maryland Gubernatorial website MadalenoForMaryland.com Aug 8, 2017

Jamie Raskin: Ensure women receive equal pay for equal work

Jamie will be an outspoken leader for a family-focused economic agenda. He will work to make child care affordable for all Americans, ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, and fight for paid sick days so workers don't have to choose between getting healthy and getting paid. Jamie says, "I will be a leader for the 99% in Congress because the billionaires and CEOs already have all the lobbyists they need."
Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website JamieRaskin.com Nov 8, 2016

Jamie Raskin: Passionate champion of marriage equality

A professor of constitutional law and a passionate champion of civil rights and civil liberties for all, Jamie not only campaigned on marriage equality in his first run for office in 2005 but led the Senate floor fight for marriage equality both in 2011 and 2012, fending off hostile floor amendments, carefully explaining the constitutional underpinnings of the legislation, and vividly describing the situation of gay and lesbian couples experiencing discrimination under the old law.
Source: 2016 Maryland House campaign website JamieRaskin.com Nov 8, 2016

Chris Van Hollen: Straight, but fought discrimination against gay workers

Van Hollen said that being a straight, white man had not stopped him from standing up for the marginalized. He fought discrimination against gay workers, despite not being gay. He supported abortion rights against a female state senator who did not. And he helped pass a law creating savings accounts for children with disabilities despite having no one in his family with severe disabilities. "These are human rights issues of equity that everybody should be invested in equally," Van Hollen said.
Source: Wash. Post coverage of 2016 Maryland Senate debate Mar 5, 2015

Larry Hogan: Respect state law on same-sex marriage (even if not my view)

To hear Maryland Democrats tell it, a victory for Republican gubernatorial nominee Larry Hogan could lead to the legalization of additional assault rifles, new limits on women's access to contraception and the clock being turned back on gay rights.

But Hogan isn't talking much about those issues on the campaign trail--and he says he respects existing state laws on guns, reproductive issues and same-sex marriage, even if they differ from his own long-held beliefs.

As he attempts an upset in a heavily Democratic state, the Anne Arundel County businessman is trying to fashion his bid around core issues that could draw voters across party lines: cutting taxes, creating jobs and expanding the economy.

Source: Washington Post AdWatch on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race Aug 14, 2014

Larry Hogan: I evolved and will not repeal same-sex marriage law

Republican Maryland gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan said his position on marriage rights for same-sex couples has "evolved." In response to a question about whether he voted for the state's same-sex marriage law in a 2012 referendum on it that he was "originally for civil unions," Hogan responded, "I was a supporter of traditional marriage. It's an issue that I fully understand. The voters have made their decision. I support their decision and will uphold the law. I've evolved, I guess, on the issue."

Hogan said marriage rights for same-sex couples, extending in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants and other social issues "are really decided in Maryland. They have no part in this campaign whatsoever. We've been completely focused on the issues that all Marylanders are focused on right now, and that's economic issues."

"Hogan's evolution on marriage equality reflects the reality of many Marylanders who have kept an open heart and open mind on this issue," one pundit noted.

Source: Washington Blade AdWatch on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race Aug 8, 2014

Larry Hogan: Opposes a transgender rights bill

Hogan, who was a member of former Gov. Bob Ehrlich's administration, told the Washington Post in June he would not seek to repeal Maryland's same-sex marriage law if elected governor. Hogan told the Baltimore Sun editorial board ahead of the June 24 primary that he opposes a transgender rights bill that Gov. Martin O'Malley signed into law earlier this year.
Source: Washington Blade AdWatch on 2014 Maryland gubernatorial race Aug 8, 2014

Jamie Raskin: Voted YES on state authorization of same-sex marriage

HB 438 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage
Bill Passed House (72-67-2); passed Senate (25-22-0); Sen. Raskin voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2011-2012 Maryland legislative records Feb 17, 2012

Kathy Szeliga: Voted NO on state authorization of same-sex marriage

HB 438 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage
Bill Passed House (72 - 67); Rep. Kathy Szeliga voted Nay.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2011-2012 Maryland voting records Feb 17, 2012

Kelly M. Schulz: Voted NO on state authorization of same-sex marriage

HB 438 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage

Bill Passed House (72 - 67); Del. Kelly Schulz voted Nay.

Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2011-12 Maryland voting records HB438 Feb 17, 2012

Richard Madaleno: Voted YES on state authorization of same-sex marriage

HB 438 Authorizes Same-Sex Marriage
Bill Passed House (72-67-2); passed Senate (25-22-0); Sen. Madaleno voted YEA.
Source: VoteSmart synopsis of 2011-2012 Maryland legislative records Feb 17, 2012

Martin O`Malley: 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

Eric Wargotz: Uphold DOMA, the federal Defense of Marriage Act

Wargotz responded "AGREE" to the statement "The federal Defense of Marriage Act should be upheld and federal law should continue to define marriage as a legal union exclusively between one man and one woman."
Source: Maryland Catholic Conference: 2010 Candidate Survey Aug 11, 2010

Corrogan Vaughn: Accessible, affordable health care for American citizens

Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, campaignsecrets.com/maryland Nov 6, 2006

Benjamin Cardin: Support affirmative action and programs that help minorities

I agree weíve made progress, we have a long way to go. When you take a look at where we are, and weíve see now one million minority owned businesses, $80 billion in revenues, but we still have a long way to go. We need to have policies that will try to make the opportunities of this nation available to all of our citizens. So yes, I support affirmative action. I support programs that will help minority businesses and in the employment of minorities and opportunities. Itís very important.
Source: 2006 Maryland Senate debate on Meet the Press Oct 29, 2006

Michael Steele: Support affirmative action and its improvements

I support the current system and improvements to the current system, keeping in mind that while we have done very well in affirmative action at our universities across this country, I look at our boardrooms across the country, I look at NBC, CNBC, Fox, all these stations, all the corporate, corporate companies-and I donít see affirmative action necessarily being practiced there when I look at the management, when I look at the leadership, when I look at those who have a decision-making role.
Source: 2006 Maryland Senate debate on Meet the Press Oct 29, 2006

Parris Glendening: Racial Profiling is immoral and must stop

We must continue to be active and engaged in the on-going struggle for justice, fairness, and inclusion. We begin by ending the reprehensible practice of Racial Profiling. It is simply outrageous that African- Americans are targeted for traffic stops in this manner. Make no mistake about it Racial Profiling does exist. It is wrong. It is immoral. It must stop! Our effort goes beyond the most urgent problem of African Americans and targets all forms of profiled traffic stops.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

Parris Glendening: Do more to foster and support small and minority business

We will take the necessary steps to update our Minority Business Program to more accurately reflect the dynamics of our changing population and business community. Not everyone has been given the opportunity to share in our prosperity. We must do more to foster and support small and minority business. Given Marylandís large and diverse minority community, our current goal of 14% minority participation in State contracts is far too low. We will lift our goal to 25%. This increase will benefit all groups that have suffered discrimination: Women, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and others. We will also give special attention to African-American businesses, which the report identifies as facing the most intense discrimination. We can come together and craft a program that is fair to minority businesses, and able to withstand the legal challenges that will result. It is the role of Government to help people achieve success.
Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

Parris Glendening: Combat discrimination based on sexual orientation

I will once again submit and fight for legislation to combat discrimination based on sexual orientation. As long as people are subjected to harassment and bigotry simply for their choice of partner, we will not live-up to the standards we have set for ourselves as a nation, and as a people. As you know, this is an issue of great personal importance to me: My brother Bruce, who served in the Air Force for 19 years, was gay and ultimately died of AIDS. It is chilling to think that my brotherís greatest fear was not that he would be called upon to risk--even sacrifice--his life for his country. His greatest fear was that he would be ridiculed and discharged from the service if his sexual orientation was discovered.

We can be better than we have allowed ourselves to be. We can--and must--expect nothing less from ourselves. We must continue to actively support any and all measures that secure justice for those who have been wronged and inclusion for those who have been shut out.

Source: 2001 State of the State speech to Maryland legislature Jan 8, 2001

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