Mitch Daniels on Civil Rights

Republican IN Governor

Traditional definition of marriage AND non-discrimination

Is it possible that, as one step toward the rescue of our republic, we might declare a sort of truce on our other differences. I choose the word truce here specifically because it must be totally mutual. The demand to legalize gay marriage, in spite of the widespread public unreadiness and discomfort with the concept, is probably the best example. At the very least, legislative or referendum battles over this question create a distraction from the imperative work of reducing spending and averting fisca catastrophe. In many cases, they lead to an atmosphere so hostile that people who might, and one day soon must, agree on fiscal matters cannot or will not even talk to each other.

On gay rights, I expressed support for the traditional definition of marriage, and for the protection of Indiana's existing statute against judicial overthrow, but I also issued an executive order barring any discrimination by state government on the basis of sexual preference.

Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p.175&178 , Sep 20, 2011

Raised women and minority contracting in public positions

The rise of women to fully equal status with men was a great triumph of the last half century. Men, who tend to work in fields such as manufacturing and construction suffered a disproportionate share of the recession's job losses, compared with women, who are more prevalent in education and government. If one were starting a gender equity movement today, it would clearly be on behalf of young males.

We should celebrate the nation's great success in removing the historic barriers to women living to their full potential, and turn together to the real threats of our era. On one front, we have achieved truly perfect equality; if America goes bankrupt, the sexes will share the misery in very equal measure.

Race and gender records are always more open to interpretation, but our administration put extra effort into successfully raising the level of minority contracting, and into the recruitment, appointment, and election of women and minorities into significant public positions.

Source: Keeping the Republic, by Mitch Daniels, p.176-178 , Sep 20, 2011

No same-sex marriage nor civil unions

Q: Should Indiana recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: No.

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?

A: No.

Q: Should Indiana provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?

A: No.

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2008

No affirmative action in public college admissions

Q: Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?

A: No.

Source: Indiana Gubernatorial Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Nov 1, 2008

Other governors on Civil Rights: Mitch Daniels on other issues:
IN Gubernatorial:
Mike Pence
IN Senatorial:
Daniel Coats
Joe Donnelly

Newly elected Nov. 2012:
IN: Mike Pence (R)
NC: Pat McCrory (R)
NH: Maggie Hassan (D)
MT: Steve Bullock (D)
WA: Jay Inslee (D)

Re-elected 2012:
DE: Jack Markell (D)
MO: Jay Nixon (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
UT: Gary Herbert (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WV: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)

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