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Human, Civil and Constitutional Rights

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope"  Robert F. Kennedy.

Democrats have a long and proud history of defending Civil Rights and expanding opportunity for all Americans. From the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009, Democrats have fought to end discrimination in all forms—including discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity or national origin, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability. We believe in the essential American ideal that no one should be constrained by the circumstances of their birth, and that each of us should have the opportunity to make of our lives what we will.

Our Values

Respect the equality and dignity of all people and affirm all human rights as guaranteed by the US Constitution and written in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We honor the rich diversity of society and our party.

Support complete equality and seek to end all discrimination based upon age, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Support the right to observe any or no religion. We honor all forms of religious and spiritual diversity. We adamantly support our American tradition of separation of church and state at all levels of government.

Support the right of women to make reproductive and medical choices without criminal repercussions to women or medical professionals, the right of people to be provided with contraception and medically accurate, comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education.

Endorse the right of adults to form unions/families of their choosing and oppose definition of marriage by all levels of government.

Support the right to vote for all U.S. Citizens other than felons still serving their sentences.  We oppose laws that restrict this right.

2012 Policy Priorities

Repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act and pass an inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Support the new marriage equality law in Washington State.

Create viable Washington State definition of "disability" based on the Federal Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

Pass the Equal Rights Amendment.

End corporate personhood and limit the power of people and organizations such as ALEC, the Koch brothers and the gun lobby to get laws passed that infringe on our human rights.

Repeal the PATRIOT ACT and limit infringement of our personal rights by the Department of Homeland Security.