Jim Gilmore on Civil Rights
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
"I'm not interested in sending a message of anger or hatred to anybody in this race -- anyone. But I don't support gay marriage," Gilmore said in a 2007 interview. "I think that the traditional marriage values that we've had over generations in America is the appropriate thing. The extent that people can find some way to build some kind of contractual relationship between themselves, fine, but I don't think it should rise to a civil union which is really a substitute for the concept of marriage, and I don't support that either."
Gilmore's campaign did not respond to emails seeking clarification on whether or not he has changed his position on marriage equality following the Supreme Court's ruling earlier this year.
Gilmore: I do not support quotas, but all during my career I have worked to create opportunities for minorities.
Warner: I'd like to see an America where there's not a need for affirmative action, but for now, we need to make sure there is a level playing field for everyone to participate. I come from the business world, and I think most business people will tell you that they want to recruit employees who were educated in an environment where they were exposed to diverse people and ideas. As I have said many times in the past, I continue to be opposed to the use of quotas.
Gilmore: I do not support any changes in the current policy.
Warner: I will seek the advice of our military leaders as they begin a review of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. We also need to have appropriate recruitment and retention polices that will keep our military strong.
Grades were based upon, “ whether they sign or veto legislation regarding homosexuality. They also receive grades based on their public opinions expressed on homosexual issues.”
The 9/11 attacks led to the extension of the Gilmore Commission for two more years. We pointed out that in 2002, there was still no national strategy on terrorism. In 2003, we expressed serious concern that the urgency of homeland security was not taking hold. We also began to have a serious concern about the protection of civil liberties in the US in a time of great fear and anxiety. Frightened people will give up liberty for security. The enemy of liberty is fear. We should never allow the actions of terrorists to cause us to surrender the commitment to liberty that makes us uniquely American.
In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.
The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.
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