Terry McAuliffe on Civil Rights
Democratic nominee for Governor; previously DNC Chair
Don't pretend anti-gay discrimination is 'religious freedom'
Legislative Summary: An Act relating to religious freedom: No person shall be required to participate in the solemnization of any marriage--or be subject to any penalty by the Commonwealth--solely on account of such person's sincerely held
religious belief or moral conviction that marriage should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.
Excerpts from Veto Message: Although couched as a "religious freedom" bill, this legislation is nothing more than an attempt
to stigmatize. Any legitimate protections afforded by SB41 are duplicative of the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Any additional protections are styled in a manner that prefers one religious viewpoint--that marriage can only validly exist between
a man and a woman--over all other viewpoints. It equates to discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.
Legislative Outcome:: passed Senate, 20-19-1, Feb. 12; passed House, 59-38-3, March 9; vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe, March 30
Source: Virginia Legislative voting records on SB41
, Mar 30, 2016
Supports marriage equality for gays
Asked about gay marriage, McAuliffe said he supported equality and would sign a bill giving gays the right to marry in Virginia if it ever got to his desk. Then he pivoted on Cuccinelli, saying the attorney general had "continually attacked gay
Virginians," referencing the attorney general's remarks on gay lifestyle, and his letter to colleges and universities instructing them to remove sexual orientation from their anti-discrimination language. "There are consequences to mean-spirited,
hateful comments," McAuliffe said, after suggesting that Cuccinelli's position on gay issues and abortion nearly jeopardized Northrop Grumman from locating its corporate headquarters in the state.
Cuccinelli said his views on homosexuality or gay
marriage had not changed, but he was ready for the attack. "The notion that because I believe marriage ought to be protected, because I believe life begins at conception ... there are lots of Virginians who share my sincerely held beliefs."
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch on 2013 Virginia governor debates
, Jul 21, 2013
When women vote, Democrats win
If we were going to make a commitment to energizing our party straight through from Election Day to Election Day, with no time off in between, we had to take advantage of our strengths. That was what I had in mind in founding the
DNC's Women's Vote Center in March 2001. As I said at the kickoff on June 6, "We know that when women vote, Democrats win." Our goals were not only to reach out to women voters to increase turnout in elections,
but also to set up a network of women from all age groups and all regions of the country and all economic and demographic groups. The only way to know what's important to people is to listen and we were ready to do a lot of listening. We also,
of course, wanted to get more women elected to office, all the way up to the President of the United States.
Contrast that with the Bush administration approach, which was to make a few symbolic gestures to try to slow Bush's slide among women voters.
Source: What A Party!, by Terry McAuliffe, p.297
, Jan 23, 2007
Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all.
McAuliffe adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":
Strengthen America’s Common Civic Culture
The more ethnically and culturally diverse America becomes, the harder we must all work to affirm our common civic culture -- the values and democratic institutions we share and that define our national identity as Americans. This means we should resist an “identity politics” that confers rights and entitlements on groups and instead affirm our common rights and responsibilities as citizens. Multiethnic democracy requires fighting discrimination against marginalized groups; empowering the disadvantaged to join the economic, political, and cultural mainstream; and respecting diversity while insisting that what we have in common as Americans is more important than how we differ. One way to encourage an ethic of citizenship and mutual obligation is to promote voluntary national service.
If expanded to become available to everyone who wants to participate, national service can help turn the strong impulse toward volunteerism among our young people into a major resource in addressing our social problems. It will also help revive a sense of patriotism and national unity at a time when military service is no longer the common experience of young Americans.
Goals for 2010
Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC6 on Aug 1, 2000
- Reduce discrimination based on race, gender, national background, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
- Shift the emphasis of affirmative action strategies from group preferences to economic empowerment of all disadvantaged citizens.
- Expand the AmeriCorps national service program so that everyone willing to serve can serve -- with 1 million participants enrolled by the end of the decade.
- Promote character education in all public schools.
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