Kevin Zeese on Civil Rights


No quotas & no requirements, except anti-discrimination law

Q: Should companies be required to hire more women & minorities?

A: No, smart companies recognize the value of a diverse workforce but I am not in favor of requiring a certain percentage of workers being minority or women. However, there is prejudice in our country and that needs to be acknowledged. There should not be prejudice in the hiring process based on race or sex. I favor enforcement of anti-discrimination laws that apply to hiring and the workplace.

Source: Email interview with OnTheissues.org Jun 25, 2006

Restore civil liberties undermined by the Patriot Act

The final major area of focus under my justice plank is restoration of civil liberties. In the last two decades there has been a steady erosion of our constitutional rights. This pace has picked up steam since 9/11 and anti-terrorism efforts - especially the Patriot Act. We need to restore civil liberties undermined by the Patriot Act and other recent federal government actions.
Source: Campaign website, www.kevinzeese.com Jan 24, 2006

Supports full marriage rights for gay couples

Independent candidate Kevin Zeese told the Blade last fall that he backs full marriage rights.
Source: Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg, Washington Blade Jan 23, 2006

Support medical leave for same sex partners

Kevin Zeese urged Rep. Ben Cardin to co-sponsor an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act that would grant medical leave benefits to same sex partners. "Rep.Cardin proudly touts his support for the original Family and Medical Leave Act, expressing the importance of families being able to take care of each other during times of health crisis, but he has failed to co-sponsor a bill that would grant the same benefits to unmarred and same sex couples," said Zeese. "Equal rights under law is a basic American principle enshrined in our founding documents - 'all men are created equal.' Failing to support equal rights on this important issues shows a willingness to discriminate that is unacceptable."

In a letter to Rep. Cardin, Zeese points out that the 2000 Census reports that there are nearly 600,000 same-sex households in the United States. Zeese urges Cardin to co-sponsor HR 475 to send a "message that you do not support discrimination against the gay and lesbian community.

Source: Press Release, 'Medical Leave for Same Sex Partners' Nov 18, 2005

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