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Steve Bullock on Civil Rights

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); MT Governor

 


COVID-19: Gave counties option to switch to all-mail ballots

Because of concerns about COVID-19, Gov. Steve Bullock gave Montana counties the option to switch to all-mail ballots for the June 2 election--and all 56 counties took that option.
Source: KTVH NBC-TV-Helena on 2020 Montana Senate race , Jun 26, 2020

Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity

Bullock has backed LGBT rights, including signing an executive order to prohibit discrimination of state employees, contractors and subcontractors based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Source: PBS News Hour 2020, "Where the candidate stands on 9 issues" , May 15, 2019

We celebrate progress, but fight for equal rights continues

Bullock said at 25th annual Pride parade in Helena: "We're going to reflect on what we've done, we're going to celebrate but we're not going to stand still. We're not going to stand still until equal rights aren't an abstract, it's something for everyone."
Source: The Missoulian on 2020 Montana gubernatorial race , Jun 16, 2018

No safe haven for neo-Nazi white nationalists

Top Montana lawmakers warned neo-Nazis they would find "no safe haven" for a rally that could include guns planned for next month in a mountain town where white nationalists have threatened Jewish residents.

The lawmakers include both Democrats and U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, recently picked by Republican President-elect Donald Trump to be interior secretary. "We say to those few who seek to publicize anti-Semitic views that they shall find no safe haven here," Zinke wrote in an open letter also signed by Gov. Steve Bullock (D); U.S. Sens. Steve Daines (R), and Jon Tester (D); and Attorney General Tim Fox (R).

Neo-Nazis plan to march in January in the mountain ski town of Whitefish in Montana's remote and rugged northwestern reaches. The march is to support the mother of white nationalist leader Richard Spencer. Sherry Spencer is facing pressure from community members to sell a building she owns in Whitefish because of its ties to her son and to disavow her son's beliefs.

Source: Religion News Service on 2020 Democratic primary , Dec 28, 2016

Address persistent wage gap between men and women

Gov. Steve Bullock will convene another summit focused on a persistent wage gap between men and women that, he says, ranks Montana 39th in the nation in pay equity. Bullock visited with his Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force that he formed shortly after taking office three years ago. He urged the task force to continue the task of reducing the wage gap.

With the economy a focal point of the governor's race, Bullock is attempting to position himself as an advocate of the working class. Bullock wants to see wages rise--particularly among women who aren't being paid fairly. He said Montana women make about 67 cents for every dollar made by men. And he noted the slow pace in which women are catching up to men in salaries. "At this rate, the gap won't close until the year 2080. That's unacceptable," he told the group. "I'd match our Montana work ethic up against any other state in the nation, and 39th in the country in pay equity is flat out not OK."

Source: The Missoulian on 2016 Montana Gubernatorial race , Mar 11, 2016

First MT governor to officiate same-sex wedding

Gov. Steve Bullock recently became the first governor in Montana history to officiate a same-sex marriage. He performed it Sept. 12 for Mike Wessler, his deputy communications director, and Wade Zolynski. About 100 people were in attendance. Wessler gave his boss kudos for a job well done. The state has recognized same-sex marriage since November.
Source: Great Falls Tribune on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race , Oct 23, 2015

Protect the right to marry any person you love

Governor Steve Bullock today released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision affirming the freedom to marry for same sex couples:

"This ruling protects the right of all Montanans to marry the person they love, and moves our state and nation closer to the promise of freedom, dignity, and equality that they were founded upon. All people, regardless of their sexual orientation, should have the opportunity to make a good life for themselves and their families."

Source: 2015 Montana Governor's office press release governor.mt.gov , Jun 26, 2015

Close the wage gap for women

Today is International Women's Day and I pledge to continue to fight for fair pay for all Montana workers-- because when Montana women and families succeed, we all succeed. Learn more about what we're doing to close the wage gap at˙equalpay.mt.gov.
Source: Facebook.com posting for 2016 Montana gubernatorial race , Mar 8, 2015

Still work to be done to ensure gender pay equity

Governor Steve Bullock released the following statement regarding the 100th Anniversary of Women's suffrage in Montana:

"As the state that elected Jeannette Rankin, the very first woman ever elected to Congress, Montana has a rich history of supporting women's suffrage. On this the 100th Anniversary of women's suffrage in Montana, Montanans should be proud of our past and continue to work to ensure all Montanans have access to a defining right of our democracy--a right so many fought for -- the right to participate in choosing our leaders.

While a woman's right to vote is here to stay, there is still work to be done to ensure full equality--including gender pay equity--in Montana."

Source: 2014 Montana Governor's office press release governor.mt.gov , Nov 3, 2014

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