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Equality Maryland 2010 Candidate Questionnaire Responses: SAM ARORA

Equality Maryland 2010 Candidate Questionnaire Responses: SAM ARORA

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EqualityMaryland'sPoliticalActionCommittee(PAC)wascreatedtoelectcandidatesinMarylandwhowilladvocateandadvancelegislationthatresultsinlegalequalityforlesbian,gay,bisexualandtransgendercitizensandtheirfamilies.Resultsofthisquestionnairewillbeusedtoguideourcandidateendorsementprocessforthe2010primaryandgeneralelections,sharedwithourmembershipandpublishedonourwebsite.Tobeconsideredforendorsement,pleasecompleteandreturnthisquestionnaireNLT:Mail:EqualityMarylandAttn:CandidateQuestionnaire1201S.SharpStreet,Suite109Baltimore,MD21230-3747Phone:(410)685-6567Fax:(410)685-5229Email:PAC@EqualityMaryland.orgPleaseanswerallquestions.Feelfreetoaddclarifyingcomments,asnecessary.Unansweredquestionswillbescoredasa'0'forpurposesofcalculatingendorsementscore.Candidatesand/orcampaignmanagersshouldfeelfreetocalltheEqualityMarylandofficewithquestions.CandidateName:
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OfficeSought:
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OtherEndorsements:
HouseofDelegatesMajorityLeaderKumarBarve,DelegateSaqibAli,fortheDemocraticNationalCommitteeEricStern
IrequestthatEqualityMarylandconsider
my
candidacyforendorsement.Iattestthatallinformationprovidedhereinistrueandaccurate.
SamArora5/28/2010
SignatureoftheCandidateDate
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Anti-DiscriminationinEmployment,HousingandPublicAccommodationsThefirstnationwidesurveyofquality-of-lifefortransgenderindividualsfoundthat
1:
Respondentsexperiencedtwicetherateofunemploymentasthegeneralpopulation97%experiencedharassmentormistreatmentonthejob15%livedon$10,OOO/yearorless-doubletherateofthegeneralpopulation19%havebeenorarehomeless-20-100timestherateofhomelessnessinthegeneralpopulation40%oftheUSpopulation,including13states,theDistrictofColumbia,BaltimoreCityandMontgomeryCountyhaveenactedlawsprohibitingdiscriminationonthebasisofgenderidentity.WouldyouvoteforlegislationtoamendMaryland'sexistinganti-discriminationlawtoprohibitdiscriminationonthebasisofgenderidentityandexpressioninemployment,housing,creditandpublicaccommodations?
(Ref:2010HB1022/5B583)
_x_YES
NO
___I
amorwouldbecomeaCo-SponsortosuchlegislationMarriageEqualityInMaryland,civilmarriageconfersover400government-sponsoredbenefitsandprerogativesthatempowercouplestocareforeachotherandtheirfamilies.Scientificstudieshaveshownthat:marriedcouplesarehealthier,moreproductive,lessdependentonpublicassistancechildrenofmarriedcouplesperformbetterinschool,anddobettereconomicallyasadultsWouldyouvoteforthe
ReligiousFreedomandCivilMarriageProtectionAct
whichwouldallowsame-sexcouplestoobtainacivilmarriagelicense,andstatesexplicitlythatnoclergywouldbeforcedtoperformamarriagewithwhichtheydisagree?
(Ref'2010HB808/5B582)
YES
NO
__x_'amorwouldbecomeaCo-SponsortosuchlegislationRecognitionofOut-of-StateCivilMarriagesinMarylandInFebruary2010,Maryland'sAttorneyGeneralissuedanopinionregardingthevalidityofout-of-statecivilmarriagelicensesissuedtosame-sexcouples.Citinglong-standingprecedentestablishedinMarylandcaselawandthedoctrineofcomity,theAttorneyGeneralconcludedthatMarylandmusthonorcivilmarriagesbetweensame-sexcouplesperformedinjurisdictionsoutsideofMaryland.DoyousupporttheAttorneyGeneral'sopinionthatout-of-statecivilmarriagelicensesissuedtosame-sexcouplesshouldbehonoredinMaryland?_x_YES
NO
Wouldyouvoteagainstanylegislationtoterminate,rescindordefundrecognitionofvalidout-of-statecivilmarriagesofsame-sexcouples?_x_YES
NO
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PreliminaryFindings,
NationalTransgenderDiscriminationSurvey,
NationalCenterforTransgenderEquality&NationalGayandLesbianTaskForce,November2009.
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ConstitutionalAmendmentSomelegislatorshaveproposedamendingtheMarylandConstitutiontolimitmarriagetoonemanandonewoman,anddenysame-sexcouplesanyformofrelationshiprecognition.Suchanamendmentwouldlegitimizediscriminationandmakesame-sexcouplessecond-classcitizensunderourstate'sfoundingdocument.WouldyouvoteagainstanylegislationthatwouldamendtheMarylandConstitutiontoprohibitsame-sexcouplesfromobtainingacivilmarriagelicense?
(Ref:2010HB1079/5B1079)
_x_YES
NO
AdoptionAsofDecember2009,therewereapproximately8,500childreninMaryland'sfostercaresystemawaitingadoption."Aboutone-halfofthesechildrenareunder10yearsofage,andtheaveragelengthofstayinfostercareisjustover2years.Doyousupporttherightoflesbian,gay,bisexualandtransgenderadultstoadoptchildrenandserveasfosterparents?_x_YES
NO
DeFactoParentsManysame-sexcouplesparentnon-biologicalchildrenwithoutanylegalprotectionduetothelackoflawsgrantinglegalstatustotheirrelationships.Wouldyouvoteforlegislationallowingcourtstograntdefactoparentstatustoindividualswhoperformthedutiesandresponsibilitiesofparentingachildifitisdeemedinthebestinterestofthechild?
(Ref:2010HB1241/5B600)
YES
NO
_-,-,x_IamorwouldbecomeaCo-SponsortosuchlegislationFamilyandMedicalLeaveThefederalDefenseofMarriageActdeniessame-sexcouplesprotectionundertheFamilyandMedicalLeaveActof1993.Consequently,theycannottakefamilyandmedicalleave,asisguaranteedtoheterosexualcouples.Specifically,same-sexcouplesareunabletotakeunpaidleaveto:carefortheirpartnerorspousecarefortheirnon-biologicalchild(ren)welcomeanewchildintothefamilybybirth,adoption,orfosterplacementWouldyouvoteforlegislationtobuilduponfederalFMLAbyrequiringlargeemployers(50+employees)andpublicagenciesinMarylandtograntunpaidfamilyandmedicalleavetosame-sexcouples?
(Ref:2010HB1272)
_x_
YES
NO
___IamorwouldbecomeaCo-Sponsortosuchlegislation
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StateofMaryland,DepartmentofHumanResources-
Soda!Services
Administration,
ChildWeI/areResultsReport,
ReleasedFebruary2010
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