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newmajority Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-10-08 05:49 PM
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61. His actual record on LGBT isssues as governor is better than his verbal gaffes would suggest
I think his use of the word "choice" in the LOGO debate was more bad articulation than anything else. The episode on the Imus show is more troubling, at least from the account I've read. But he did personally apologize to the guy who was the recipient of the name calling.

Did Mike Easley apologize for calling Obama a "pansy"?

Here's some recent Richardson news.......


Equality Forum honors Richardson at annual gala
by Matthew E. Pilecki
EDGE Contributor
Wednesday May 7, 2008


Equality Forum honored New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with its annual International Role Model Award at a gala at the National Constitution Center on Saturday, May 3.

With Equality Forum in full-swing across the city this past weekend, the Philadelphia-based organization honored New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson with its annual International Role Model Award at the National Constitution Center on Saturday, May 3. Equality Forum honored Richardson for expanding his states anti-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, providing health insurance for domestic partners and other pro-LGBT legislation.

"My counterparts, including some of my gay and lesbian counterparts, told me not to include transgender because the bill would go down," Richardson said as he reflected upon expanding New Mexicos hate crimes laws and expanding the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act to include gender identity. "They said later is better, and I said, No. Were going to do it because were going to be a model for this country. And you know what? We did it."

The former Democratic presidential candidate discussed his views on the election -- and the role LGBT issues will play this November -- in an interview with EDGE Philadelphia.

"I think for issues, such as LGBT issues, we need a president who can get things done and who can reach across party lines," he said. "I think Obama will work with Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation for equivalent domestic partnership laws and put an end to Dont Ask, Dont Tell."

Richardson endorsed Obama in March after he dropped out of the race following a disappointing fourth place finish in the New Hampshire primary. He said he believes it is essential to advance inclusive legislation when asked about the Human Rights Campaigns decision to support a version of ENDA without gender identity and expression. Richardson also said he feels civil unions that extend the same rights as marriage, are the necessary next step.

http://www.edgephiladelphia.com/index.php?ch=news&sc=lo...

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