Michelle Lujan-Grisham on Civil Rights



Study social distancing practices while protecting privacy

Descartes Labs is a large data firm. They do incredible work managing any huge types of information that can be beneficial. We treat this as a tool that allows us to figure out whether our social distancing, more than just looking at the cases, but look at where people are traveling, how long they're traveling, and get a sense about whether or not we need to do something else that limits person to person contact and enhances our social distancing.

If there was anything that we thought was breaching already robust federal or state laws protecting privacy, A, we wouldn't have a relationship and, B, we would do the appropriate accountability. But they're just using aggregate data. We don't have any idea who any of the cell phone numbers belong to. It is a very useful tool to get a sense about how social distancing works and what the benefits of that are.

Source: CNN coverage of 2020 Veepstakes , Apr 12, 2020

Supports marriage equality

Q: Support gay marriage?

Michelle Lujan-Grisham (D): Yes. Supported NM marriage equality before Supreme Court ruling.

Steve Pearce (R): No. Personally opposes, voted against, but now settled law.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on New Mexico Governor race , Oct 9, 2018

Legal equality regardless of sexual orientation

I strongly support legal equality and the same basic human rights for all and will fight against discrimination in any context, regardless of race, creed, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

I was an early advocate for the Hate Crimes Act and spearheaded efforts to recognize same-sex partners as legally qualified to make medical and healthcare decisions for their partners. New Mexico was the first state to include the provision in state law.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, michellelujangrisham.com , Nov 6, 2012

Advocate for elder rights and women's rights

Throughout her career I have been a strong leader and advocate for elder rights, patient rights, access to comprehensive health care and other social justice issues, all of which impact women and their families.

In my work with elders and families, there has always been an emphasis on the specific impact and issues of women, since there is a higher percentage of women over age 65; and women are at a particular financial disadvantage in regards to benefits and consumer issues.

Source: 2012 House campaign website, michellelujangrisham.com , Nov 6, 2012

Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Congressional Summary:
    Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) to add or expand definitions of several terms used in such Act, including :
  1. "culturally specific services" to mean community-based services that offer culturally relevant and linguistically specific services and resources to culturally specific communities;
  2. "personally identifying information" with respect to a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
  3. "underserved populations" as populations that face barriers in accessing and using victim services because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity; and
  4. "youth" to mean a person who is 11 to 24 years old.

Opponent's Argument for voting No (The Week; Huffington Post, and The Atlantic): House Republicans had objected to provisions in the Senate bill that extended VAWA's protections to lesbians, gays, immigrants, and Native Americans. For example, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) voted against the VAWA bill because it was a "politically–motivated, constitutionally-dubious Senate version bent on dividing women into categories by race, transgender politics and sexual preference." The objections can be grouped in two broadly ideological areas--that the law is an unnecessary overreach by the federal government, and that it represents a "feminist" attack on family values. The act's grants have encouraged states to implement "mandatory-arrest" policies, under which police responding to domestic-violence calls are required to make an arrest. These policies were intended to combat the too-common situation in which a victim is intimidated into recanting an abuse accusation. Critics also say VAWA has been subject to waste, fraud, and abuse because of insufficient oversight.

Reference: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Bill H.R.11 ; vote number 13-HV055 on Feb 28, 2013

Opposes a DOMA amendment.

Lujan Grisham opposes the CC Voters Guide question on a DOMA amendment

Christian Coalition publishes a number of special voter educational materials including the Christian Coalition Voter Guides, which provide voters with critical information about where candidates stand on important faith and family issues. The Christian Coalition Voters Guide summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "U.S. Constitutional Amendment to prohibit same sex marriage"

Source: Christian Coalition Voter Guide 12-CC-q3a on Oct 31, 2012

Endorsed by The Feminist Majority indicating a pro-women's rights stance.

Lujan Grisham 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

Supports same-sex marriage.

Lujan Grisham supports the PVS survey question on same-sex marriage

Project Vote Smart infers candidate issue stances on key topics by summarizing public speeches and public statements. Congressional candidates are given the opportunity to respond in detail; about 11% did so in the 2012 races.

Project Vote Smart summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: 'Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage?'

Source: Project Vote Smart 12-PVS-q3 on Aug 30, 2012

Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools.

Lujan Grisham co-sponsored Student Non-Discrimination Act

Congressional Summary: