Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, has selected Tim Kaine as her operating mate.

The U.S. senator from Virginia, formerly the state’s governor, is considered a moderate. Kaine was after only a lukewarm supporter of LGBT causes and an outright opponent of marriage equality. In 2001, when he was running for lieutenant governor of Virginia, he told the Connected Press, “I have never mentioned I supported gay civil unions, gay marriages. I do think that men and women shouldn’t be kicked out of their jobs or discriminated against because of who they are.”

Kaine did say he supported some way to give identical-sex couples in long-term relationships access to particular positive aspects enjoyed by married opposite-sex couples.

But in 2006, as governor, he campaigned against a measure to amend the state’s constitution to ban exact same-sex marriage it passed anyway. When running for governor in 2005, he opposed adoption rights for gay couples or people, but by 2011, running for Senate, he had changed his mind and stated they ought to be able to adopt if a judge determined that it was the best interest of the kid. As governor he issued an executive order banning antigay discrimination against state personnel. In 2013, his very first year in the Senate, he announced his support for marriage equality. So far in his Senate service, he has received a 90 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard.  

Kaine outlines his stance on LGB troubles, though not transgender troubles, on his web site:

“I believe all folks, regardless of sexual orientation, must be guaranteed equal rights, including the legal advantages and responsibilities of marriage. As Governor, I campaigned against an amendment to the Virginia constitution that banned any legal recognition of exact same-sex relationships and signed an executive order to ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  As Senator, I was proud to join several of my colleagues in signing the bipartisan amicus short to the Supreme Court that detailed our belief that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. In November 2013, I was proud to assist the Senate pass theEmployment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) to ensure that workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation will not be tolerated. I will continue to help efforts to make certain equal therapy beneath the law.”

Regarding women’s concerns, Kaine introduced legislation defending access to contraceptives. The senator, even though, is a practicing Catholic and supports restrictions on certain sorts of abortion whilst nevertheless supporting a woman’s right to choose, according to the BBC. Regardless, he has a one hundred % rating from Planned Parenthood.

Clinton’s decision was influenced by the fact that if she wins in November, Kaine will be replaced by a Democratic senator, given that Democratic Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will choose a shorterm successor to Kaine.

On gun control, Kaine states he supports the Second Amendment but wants a lot more carried out to stem violence, according to his internet site:

“I support a complete approach to curb gun violence which consists of expanding mental overall health services, background record checks prior to gun purchases and responsible limits on combat combat-style weapons and high-capacity magazines. 

I’ve been disappointed to see the Senate block commonsense legislation to address these troubles but will continue to advocate for methods to decrease make our country safer.

I supported the Manchin-Toomey bill, which would have necessary background checks on all industrial sales of guns, including sales at gun shows and internet sales, as properly as strengthened the current instant verify technique by encouraging states to put all their accessible records into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). In addition, I cosponsored legislation to close a loophole that allows gun sales to proceed if a background check is not completed right after 72 hours, even if the gun buyer is not legally permitted to purchase a gun.  I also authored the Responsible Transfer of Firearms Act, which would hold men and women accountable if they sell or transfer a firearm to an individual who is barred by federal law from possessing firearms. Eventually, efforts to decrease gun violence must focus on a number of solutions, but passage of these bills would be an essential step in the proper path.”

The National Rifle Association gave Kaine an “F” for his gun handle advocacy.

Kaine, who speaks Spanish, supports immigration reform, and hopes to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) applications.

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Hillary Clinton Chooses Tim Kaine for VP
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