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General Wesley Clark

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Background:

General Wesley Clark served for 34 years in the US Army. He served as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander and the Chief of United States Army in Panama.

Note: Wesley Clark dropped out of the race on 2/11/04 after poor showing Virginia and Tennessee.

Employment Non-Discrimination:

Gender Identity Employment:

General Clark supports a federal bill that would outlaw workplace discrimination based on gender identity and expression.

Hate Crimes:

Clark says, "Hate crime legislation should protect gay and lesbian Americans just as it protects crimes based on race, religion or natural origin."

Same-Sex Marriage:

Clark opposes same-sex marriage but says, "I support civil unions so that gays and lesbians have equality and full rights under the law." When asked about the Massachusetts marriage ruling Clark said, “I think we need to move forward with this issue. I think people who want same-sex marriages really should have the same rights as people in conventional marriages.”        

Family Medical Leave:

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

Same-Sex Immigration:

Clark supports the Permanent Partners Immigration Act (H.R. 832) which would allow American citizens to sponsor their same-sex partners for immigration into this country.

Gay and Lesbian Adoption:

Clark supports giving gays and lesbians the same rights to adopt children as heterosexuals.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell:

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

Clark Comments:

  • On Don't Ask, Don't Tell: "I believe that the military needs to rethink the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy. It does not serve this country to discriminate against people who want to serve in our armed forces. I would ask the military to craft and implement a policy that ensures that everyone who wants to serve their country is permitted to do so with honor and dignity."
  • On Same Sex Adoption: "There are too many children who need loving homes and parents--to prevent able, responsible adults from adopting solely because of their sexual orientation is wrong. I support giving judicial authorities the right to make decisions based on the best interest of the child."

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