Green Party joins the Our America Initiative to sue Commission on Presidential Debates
The Our America Initiative announced that they will be leading a historical lawsuit against the Commission on Presidential Debates. The plaintiffs will be 2012 presidential & vice presidential candidates from the Libertarian Party, Green Party, Justice Party, and more. This bold, united coalition of people from across the political spectrum demands systemic change to an unfair process that is treated as untouchable territory by the establishment media and political ruling class.
"The proposed lawsuit from Our America Initiative, paired with the initiatives of the Free and Equal Elections Foundation, are essential to the movement for real democracy and real solutions. In stark contrast to the bipartisan establishment, these organizations present America with more political choices, more political voices. A majority of U.S. adults say a 3rd major political party is needed . Towards this end, the American people have the right to hear from the full spectrum of their choices, so we can begin to secure a government that is truly of, by and for the people!" said Dr. Jill Stein, the 2012 Green Party presidential candidate.
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Green Party: National anti-discrimination legislation covering sexual orientation and identity is necessary to strengthen marriage equality
Green Party leaders called passage of national anti-discrimination legislation that covers sexual orientation and sexual identity a necessary step after recent court decisions allowing same-sex marriage, especially in the wake of laws in Indiana and Arkansas that uphold a "right" to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
"The controversy over the right of a business to refuse service to LGBT people because of religious beliefs shows the need for a national nondiscrimination act that includes sexual orientation and identity among the classes for which discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and adoption is outlawed," said Green Mayor Jason West of New Paltz, N.Y.
"The Green Party has supported marriage equality and protection from discrimination ever since the party was founded, long before Democratic leaders decided it was safe to endorse same-sex marriage rights. In 28 states, it's still legal to fire LGBTs and deny them services at restaurants and other businesses. We hope for a Supreme Court ruling on DeBoer v. Snyder that recognizes marriage equality under the 14th Amendment, but true legal equality won't exist for same-sex couples or LGBT individuals until a national anti-discrimination bill is passed," said Mayor West.
In 2004, Mayor Jason West made national news when he defied state law and risked jail for solemnizing 24 same-sex weddings. Mr. West is running for reelection again in a race that will be decided on May 5.
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