Ed Team

Coffee & Toast with Bill Richardson

Filed By Ed Team | June 26, 2007 6:15 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Bill Richardson, civil rights, election 2008, gay rights, LGBT civil rights, New Mexico, nondiscrimination

"We must also acknowledge that we are in the midst of a difficult struggle for basic human rights and we have a long way to go. This month is a worthy symbol of our progress towards full civil rights for every American, but we cannot ignore the challenges we still must conquer before we can truly move forward and create a better society.

"I have been a strong, dedicated, and proud supporter of the GLBT community throughout my time in public service. In Congress, I voted against the Pentagon's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. I continue to believe that it is wrong, shamefully wrong. This policy is not only detrimental to GLBT Americans, it is harmful to the security of every American, as badly-needed military personnel are discharged for no other reason than that they are gay or lesbian.

"As Governor of New Mexico, I have led the charge for equality in my state. We expanded anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. We provided state health insurance for domestic partnerships. And I signed into law the state's first hate crimes legislation for ! crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity. I have fought hard for a Domestic Partner Rights Act in New Mexico and I will not stop fighting until the legislation is passed.

"As President, I will not rest until we have fulfilled America's most basic promise -- that every human being is created equal and that every American is due certain basic, inalienable rights. I know that until the human rights of every American are guaranteed, the rights of all Americans are demeaned." -- New Mexico Governor and Presidential candidate Bill Richardson in a statement released for Pride month

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I like Bill Richardson more than most of the other candidates but I don't see the word "marriage" anywhere in that release.

What are the "basic, inalienable rights" of which he speaks? Seperate and unequal domestic partnerships or full-fledged marriage equality?

beergoggles | June 26, 2007 9:46 AM

Wait, this was the guy who said Byron White is his model member of SCOTUS, the same White who wrote the majority Bowers vs. Hardwick opinion.


Like Edwards, Richardson has said he's "not there yet" on marriage equality. He's in favor of giving us the benefits, but not the word. Personally, from what he's hinted at so far, I think he'll end up being one of those who subscribe to my (and others') idea: Civil marriage from the government and religious ceremonies in a church that are separate and optional.