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Dennis Kucinich

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Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich

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Background:

Dennis Kucinich is a Congressional Representative from Ohio. He is chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He ran for president in 2004. Dennis Kucinich ran for president in 2008, but dropped out of the race in January 2008.

Employment Non-Discrimination:

Kucinich supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. He was a sponsor of the original ENDA.

Gender Identity Employment:

Kucinich supports a Federal Bill that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Hate Crimes:

Kucinich supports the inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the Federal Hate Crimes Law. He was a co-sponsor of the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a bill that amends the Federal criminal code to set penalties for persons who willfully injure a person because of their sexual orientation.

Same-Sex Marriage:

Kucinich supports same-sex marriage. On his campaign website he says, "I believe that equality of opportunity should be afforded to all Americans regardless of race, color, creed or sexual orientation. For that reason I support the right of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons to have the full protections and rights afforded under civil law including the right to marry the person of their choice."

Family Medical Leave:

Kucinich supports extending the Family Medical Leave Act to same-sex couples.

Same-Sex Immigration:

Kucinich is a co-sponsor of the Permanent Partners Act (H.R. 832) which would allow American citizens to sponsor their same-sex partners for immigration into the country.

Gay and Lesbian Adoption:

Kucinich supports giving gays and lesbians the same rights to adoptions as heterosexuals.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell:

Kucinich supports the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, which would allow gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly in the military.

Kucinich Comments:

  • On Gay Marriage: "Kucinich goes further than supporting civil unions for same-sex couples at the state level; he believes that, much like Civil Rights legislation of the 1960s, federal law should protect civil unions, and that no state has a right to abridge basic rights to privacy. "
  • On Domestic Partner Benefits: "He supports domestic partner benefits to same-sex partners of employees, such as health insurance coverage and hospital visitation rights."
  • On his website Dennis Kucinich says, "On May 17th, 2004, the 50th anniversary of the decision in Brown vs. the Board of Education that declared "separate" is not "equal," the people of the state of Massachusetts became a part of another such moment in history when the legally empowered and legally protected right of civil marriage is finally extended to all citizens, regardless of gender. The decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to recognize and uphold this civil right is a victory not just for gay and lesbian citizens who have been denied their civil rights and relegated to second-class status. It is a victory for all Americans who believe, as I do, that the promise of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights should be upheld for everyone."
  • Kucinich adds, "I firmly believe that this nation must take a new direction: away from war and toward peace; away from convoluted schemes that promise expanded health care for all Americans but deliver only a fraction; away from trade policies that rob our nation of jobs; away from fear-inspired laws that deny basic Constitutional rights and lead to oppression and abuse. And, importantly, away from policies that discriminate against targeted groups of citizens because their lifestyles are "different."
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