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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-28-08 09:59 PM
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68. Kaine has been at the fore front of fighting for Gay rights in VA and is
supported there by the Gay community.

1) In the Lt Governor race he took on one of the most rabid gay bashing politicians in the country. The quotes seen are his shading towards the middle so that he could take down one of the great homophobic hate mongers in VA history.

2) He supports Gay adoption but VA law is very particular that while single individuals and married couples can adopt no couple that is not legally married can adopt - so he is in the odd position of supporting gay adoption if they are single. The people he was running against were against gay adoption and made it a major campaign attack against him. He is also against DOMA.

3) On his first day as Governor the first action he took was to expand by executive order civil rights protection to include 'sexual orientation'. Both the legislature and the Attorney General fought him on it and attacked him for trashing the constitution for helping gays.

4) He is the only Governor in the history of VA to openly embrace the gay community and shows up physically to help the local Democratic GLBT Alliance - called Partisan - raise its profile.

5) As for his personal opinion he is against abortion but has not done anything to reduce the mother's right to choose and in fact the Planned Parenthood of Virginia has praised him for successfully taking out all funding of abstinence only sex education.

he is also against the death penalty and has successfully stopped the state from expanding that to be even more aggressive than Texas in its application - but - he did not stop the executions that were up during his tenure as Governor.
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