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Where they stand

By | 2010-07-22T09:00:00-04:00 July 22nd, 2010|News|

Democratic gubernatorial candidates weigh in on top LGBT legislative issues.

Virg Bernero

Same-sex marriage
I believe LGBT couples deserve all the rights and responsibilities available to heterosexual couples under the law. I will work with Michigan’s LGBT community to determine how best to provide these rights.

Employment, housing and services discrimination protection
I believe every Michigander deserves protection from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2006, I was an early and strong supporter of the city of Lansing’s human rights ordinance that banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in our city.

Hate crimes prevention and prosecution
I support the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed in 2009 and support passage of similar legislation in Michigan that includes crimes motivated by a victim’s actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation or gender identity. It is indisputable that some crimes are committed in an attempt to intimidate, scare or threaten an entire population or community. This is certainly true for crimes committed against members of the LGBT community.

Anti-LGBT bullying in schools
Every child deserves a safe and healthy environment in which to learn. A statewide policy would help ensure each school district works to protect children from bullying based on a range of characteristics, including actual or perceived gender, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Second-parent adoption
It is important for the health and safety of children that their parents – regardless of marital status or sexual orientation – both enjoy legal recognition as guardians. Such recognition allows increased stability in parent-child relationships in the event of separation or death, and provides access to full health insurance, pension and social security benefits.

Andy Dillon

Same-sex marriage
Employment, housing and services discrimination protection
Hate crimes prevention and prosecution
Anti-LGBT bullying in schools
Second-parent adoption

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