State of Massachusetts Archives: on Civil Rights

Gabriel Gomez: I support Paycheck Fairness Act's equal pay for women

Gomez appeared to be appealing to independent voters tonight by supporting the Paycheck Fairness Act, which calls for equal pay for women; by calling himself a "green Republican" and saying that "there are people in my party who deny science."
Source: Boston Globe on 2013 MA Senate debates Jun 11, 2013

Ed Markey: History of voting for women's rights

Student panelists asked the candidates questions relating to their opinions on social issues such as abortion. Lynch said he would protect the ruling of Roe v. Wade in Congress. "Overturning Roe v. Wade doesn't end abortion," he said. "It would change the options for women from a clinical setting to one that is much more dangerous for women in crisis."

Markey said his history of voting for women's rights as well as his endorsement by Planned Parenthood represents his pro-choice beliefs.

Source: 2013 MA Senate debate in B.U. Daily Free Press Apr 9, 2013

Gabriel Gomez: Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act

One area of unusual agreement among a Republican field was on the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman for federal benefits. Massachusetts was the first state to implement gay marriage, in 2004. All three candidates said DOMA should be repealed. Gomez and Winslow support gay marriage. Sullivan opposes gay marriage, but says the definition of marriage should be left to the states.
Source: Springfield Republican on 2013 MA Senate debates Mar 28, 2013

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