Bill Richardson's keynote at HRC LA gala: doesn't address DOMA
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New Mexico Governor and 2008 Dem presidential candidate Bill Richardson was the keynoter at Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Annual Gala Dinner Saturday night. Let’s get to the bottom line:
* He’s for a “full domestic partner rights act” bill in New Mexico (“And now, I am fighting for full and equal rights for all domestic partners, including gay and lesbian families.”). He also said this:
Gay and lesbian families deserve respect. And, if I’m elected president, [I’ll wage] a principled stand with you to fight for it. What we don’t need [are] constitutional amendments, designed to exclude supportive, devoted couples. We need to extend the rights due to all of us as Americans. For instance, the right to visit a sick or dying partner in the hospital. The right to make necessary legal and financial decisions when a partner can no longer do so. The right to equal employment opportunity and the right to protection from violent prejudice.
I don’t know WTF this means since he’s also on the record standing by his original vote for the federal DOMA in 1996. There was no mention of marriage equality or civil unions in the speech.
* He’s for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (“And I just want to say something about ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell,” it’s got to go. It’s got to go. If I’m elected president, I will end this disastrous, disrespectful policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.'”)
* He’s committed to proactively dealing with HIV/AIDS.
[T]he AIDS commission that is appointed and disappointed and is not active will be a priority in my administration and the AIDS commission chairman will be the Vice President of the United States.