Tim Walz on Civil Rights



Continue Affirmative Action against unequal representation

Q: Your principles regarding affirmative action?

A: Affirmative Action should continue in sectors where research clearly shows unequal representation.

Source: 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test , Nov 7, 2006

No discrimination because of who they love

According to current law, states may decide whether or not they will recognize or perform same-sex marriages. Many states have passed constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman, while others allow same-sex marriages or civil unions. As you may know, the Supreme Court recently declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Section 3 used specific language to ensure that only heterosexual couples would receive recognition from the federal government. The federal government will now recognize same-sex marriages from states that have already passed legislation legalizing these marriages.

I am a strong supporter of marriage equality and legislation that provides civil rights protections for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. No one should be discriminated against because of who they love.

Source: 2018 MN gubernatorial campaign website walz.house.gov , May 2, 2017

Freedom from discrimination is elemental concept of nation

Possibly the most elemental concept of our nation is that of equal protection under the law and freedom from discrimination. The civil rights movement of the 1950's and 60's brought about profound change and made our nation a better, more just place. Today, while our causes may have expanded, the fight continues. As a nation, we must always strive to protect civil rights and as long as I remain in Congress, I will work tirelessly to do just that.
Source: 2018 MN gubernatorial campaign website walz.house.gov , May 2, 2017

For too many getting back to normal isn't good enough

Our state was thrust into the international spotlight following the death of George Floyd. Our deep racial inequities were exposed for the world to see. For many white Minnesotans, it was an awakening to a truth that Minnesotans of color have known all their lives. As many Minnesotans welcome getting back to normal, we must acknowledge this and recognize that for too many getting back to normal isn't good enough.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Minnesota legislature , Mar 28, 2021

Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools.

Walz signed Student Non-Discrimination Act

Source: HR.998&S.555 11-HR0998 on Mar 10, 2011

Endorsed as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights.

Walz is endorsed by by the Feminist Majority on women's rights

The Feminist Majority endorses candidates for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. In addition to the stronger `endorsement,` the organization also determines `preferred` candidates in races where they do not endorse. Their mission statement:

`Our mission is to empower feminists, who are the majority, and to win equality for women at the decision-making tables of the state, nation, and the world. The Feminist Majority promotes non-discrimination on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, ethnicity, age, marital status, nation of origin, size or disability. The purpose of Feminist Majority is to promote equality for women and men, non-violence, reproductive health, peace, social justice and economic development and to enhance feminist participation in public policy. Feminist Majority supports workers’ collective bargaining, pay equity, and end of sweatshops. We encourage programs directed at the preservation of the environment.`

Source: FeministMajority.org website 12-FemMaj on Oct 31, 2012

Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools.

Walz co-sponsored Student Non-Discrimination Act

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