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View Diary: Hi. I'm Elaine Marshall, candidate for US Senate. Can we talk? (305 comments)

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  •  serving the LGBT citizens of NC (10+ / 0-)

    Good luck in your campaign.

    In an earlier interview, you said:

    I oppose discrimination, support abolishing DADT (if people will serve, we should honor them. Period), oppose DOMA because I don't believe this is the duty of the Federal government and believe it puts the Full Faith and Credit concept in jeopardy, and support the concept of ENDA

    So I wanted see if you were willing to add anything to those remarks.

    I'd like to know how you intend to serve the LGBT citizens of NC in DC, specifically because there are other pieces of pro-LGBT legislation that you would vote on as a U.S. Senator that affect millions of us.

    It should also be noted that taxpaying LGBT North Carolinians have no protections at the state level in terms of being fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Passage of a transgender inclusive ENDA is the single most important legislation that will free the most people from the closet.

    The fact is that the NC legislature and courts will never move civil rights forward unless the federal government acts, which is why addressing these issues is critical.

    My Canadian marriage is not legal in my home state either. We are strangers in the eyes of the law. While same-sex couples are adopting in the state, that is in legal jeopardy if our legislature moves to ban it.

    I've already interviewed your fellow challenger Kenneth Lewis about his stance on these issues and it was refreshing to see the candor by a candidate that was so sorely lacking by candidate Kay Hagan during the 2008 campaign.

    Would you consider doing a live blog over at Pam's House Blend to discuss these issues?

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