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Issue Position: Equal & Civil Rights

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Ann McLane Kuster is a longtime champion of equal and civil rights, and aside from enforcing equal treatment under the law she believes we need less government interference in our personal lives.

Gender Equity

Annie supports better enforcement of the pay equity act and moving towards the goal of equal pay for equal work, including improving child care options and family medical leave to help make this possible.

She has served as Chair of the New Hampshire Bar's Gender Equality Committee, which is dedicated to ending gender discrimination and promoting work/family balance, and was a founder and Vice-Chair of the Women's Fund of New Hampshire.

LGBT Equality

Annie is a strong supporter of full equality for the LGBT community. She was a vocal supporter for passing marriage equality here in New Hampshire and will continue to support marriage equality in Washington.

Because of her long time support for the rights of the LGBT community and "crystal clear support for marriage equality," Annie has been endorsed by the NH Freedom to Marry Coalition.

Annie believes the so-called DOMA law may be a violation of both the 10th Amendment and the Equal Protection clause of the constitution and supports its repeal.

In explaining her opposition to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, Annie has said:

"When over 100 former Generals and Admirals, including former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili tell us that we need to get rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell, it's time to listen. In fact, it is past time. When the military turns away an intelligence officer who can speak Arabic simply because he is gay it undermines both our national values and our national security. President Obama has told us he is going to end this policy and I think it is time for that to happen now."

Affirmative Action

Ann supports affirmative action and salutes President Obama's recommendation that we include class-based factors when making affirmative action decisions, so that the full breath of diversity can be present in our workplaces and educational institutions.


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