Civil Rights

 

Every day, the Trump administration and conservative special interests present new threats to civil rights, social justice, and minority communities. Mazie has consistently fought to protect the rights of all Americans and is a leader in the resistance against the Trump administration’s attacks on the fundamental values of our country.

As Lieutenant Governor, Mazie was the highest-ranking state elected official in Hawaii to oppose the 1998 amendment to the state constitution allowing the legislature to ban same sex marriage. Since that time, there has been a welcome cultural shift and same sex marriage is now protected under the law. She is a co-sponsor of the Equality Act, comprehensive and necessary legislation that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ individuals in employment, housing, access to credit, jury service, and other areas. Last year, Mazie joined her colleagues in encouraging the Department of Justice to continue crucial programs to protect LGBTQ youth.

Mazie is leading the charge against the Trump administration’s dangerous judicial nominees as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. During nomination hearings for now-Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, Mazie pressed him on his views on key cases, such as those related to civil rights and campaign finance reform, and ultimately opposed his nomination.

The Trump administration has nominated some of the least qualified candidates in our nation’s history to lifetime appointments on the federal bench. Mazie has questioned their prior partisan political positions, lack of relevant experience, and fair-mindedness. To retain focus on the issue of sexual harassment and assault, she asks every nominee, who appear before all of the Senate committees on which she serves, under oath, whether they have a history of sexual assault or harassment.

Mazie was an original co-sponsor of legislation to defund President Trump’s discriminatory and partisan voter fraud commission, co-sponsored legislation to overturn the Muslim ban, and authored the Korematsu-Takai Civil Liberties Protection Act with Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to ensure that national disgraces like the Japanese internment during World War II never happen again. She is a staunch supporter of the Voting Rights Act, but knows that we need to continue to strengthen and build up protections so that voters in Hawaii and our country can continue to exercise their most basic rights unimpeded.