Phil Scott on Civil Rights
Support peaceful march against bias & discrimination
Over the weekend, thousands of Vermonters peacefully marched into Montpelier to show solidarity in our resolve against bias, discrimination and intolerance.
I will continue to protect the rights of Vermonters and
the human rights of all people. In my Inaugural address, I outlined a vision where we build the best education system in the country, making economic growth the focus of each effort we undertake, and create opportunity for all Vermonters.
I am committed to this vision and believe we can achieve it, if we find common ground, listen to the people we are here to serve, and make the difficult decisions necessary to set a new course.
If we work together and consider the motto of Vermont's Mountain Battalion: we can "ascend to victory," even when the climb sometimes feels too steep.
Source: 2017 Vermont State of the State address
, Jan 25, 2017
Supports gay marriage and transgender bathroom rights
Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, the only Republican statewide officeholder, has made this race close by tacking to the left. A part-time race-car driver, Scott has wide name recognition and has denounced Trump as "someone who exploits fear for political gain"
and "who is willing to overlook the truth."
Scott supports abortion rights and gay marriage, and said during a debate that transgender students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their choice.
Source: Associated Press on 2016 Vermont Gubernatorial race
, Oct 1, 2016
Include disability quality-of-life issues in public spaces
My father was severely injured during the D-Day invasion in WWII, and both of his legs were amputated. I was 11 when my father died, but in those 11 years, I learned firsthand the importance of determination, independence, and "quality of life". I have
taken those lessons and have tried to incorporate them into my personal and professional life.
On my Race To Victory tour, many of the stops have included discussions with disability rights advocates and individuals with disabilities.
Source: 2012 Lt. Governor campaign website www.PhilScott.org
, Nov 1, 2012
- As the
owner of Dubois Construction for over 25 years, I have ensured and strongly supported compliance with all ADA regulations relating to my business.
- Through the Capital Bill, I have ensured the continued appropriation for ADA improvements to facilities
such as armories and women's shelters.
- Through my work on Senate Transportation, I have continually advocated for improved public transit services throughout Vermont and recently supported increasing fines for handicapped parking violations.
Ballot initiative ok; don't legislatively re-define marriage
Sen. Scott OPPOSED the proposed bill (supporting instead a ballot initiative):
Vermont legislative summary for S.115: Marriage is the legally recognized union of two people [changing the definition from "one man and one woman"]. Gender-
specific terms relating to the marital relationship, including "spouse," "bride," "groom," "widow," and "widower," shall be construed to be gender-neutral for all purposes throughout the law.
Governor's veto message:
This is an issue that is intensely personal, but I am charged by our Constitution to act, and by its return without my signature, I have fulfilled that responsibility. Vermont's civil union law has afforded the same state rights, responsibilities and
benefits of marriage to same sex couples. I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman.
Legislative outcome: 4/6 vetoed by Gov. Douglas; 4/7 veto override in House 94-52-3; 4/7 Senate veto override 23-5-2 (Scott absent)
Source: Vermont legislative voting records for S.115
, Apr 7, 2009
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