Candidate Profile: Where does Carly Fiorina stand on gay rights?
By Roy Steele
Republican Carly Fiorina, is 60 years old and a breast cancer survivor, was an executive at AT&T for nearly 20 years, before she was hired as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard (HP) in 1999. Her tenure at HP from 1999 to 2005 was controversial, and the Board of Directors forced her to resign.
Fiorina was the 2010 Republican nominee for US Senate in California. During a campaign that was characterized as “disastrous,” Fiorina disagreed with Federal Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that Proposition 8 was unconstitutional. Proposition 8 was the ballot proposition banning gay marriage, and on the campaign trail she said that the California voters had spoken, and that the courts should respect what the voters want.
During a 2010 debate with incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Fiorina said:
I do believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but also have been consistent and clear that I support civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. The Defense of Marriage Act had broad bipartisan support. And actually, the position I’ve consistently espoused is consistent with that of our President and a vast majority of senators in the U.S. Senate.In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Fiorina was asked to express an opinion about the gay marriage cases coming up in the US Supreme Court. Oral arguments were heard at the end of last month.
CP: This summer the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Constitution requires states to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. What should the Court do?
Fiorina: This is an important conversation that is going on in homes, churches, and communities across the country. I think that the worst thing the Supreme Court can do right now is shortcut this conversation.In other words, she would like the Court to rule against gay marriage.
Fiorina was compelled to weigh in on Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. She wrote on her Facebook page:
The debate about gay marriage is really a debate about how the government bestows benefits and whether they should be bestowed equally. I believe they should. I also believe that people of religious conviction know that marriage is a religious institution with a spiritual foundation because only a man and a woman can create life, which is a gift that comes from God. We must protect their rights as well.The debate about gay marriage is NOT about benefits, it's about equality. While she doesn’t support gay marriage, she believes that gay couples should be entitled to the same benefits as straight married couples. That's the old separate but equal argument. Her notion that any individual who is against gay marriage due to their religious beliefs requires government protection, is patently absurd. Religious beliefs are already protected, just like free speech. Why does an anti-gay bigot with extreme political views need protection? We need protection from them.
Fiorina unfairly lambasted Apple CEO Tim Cook in an interview with the Wall Street Journal and Fox News a few weeks ago. Business Insider reporter Colin Campbell wrote that Fiorina characterized Tim Cook as a hypocrite.
When Tim Cook is upset about all the places that he does business because of the way they treat gays and women, he needs to withdraw from 90% of the markets that he’s in, including China and Saudi Arabia, she said. But I don’t hear him being upset about that.
Fiorina told The Journal there was “nothing objectionable” about the Indiana law, though it was amended by lawmakers on Thursday to forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Supporters of these types of laws say they are needed to protect religious businesses owners from having to violate their faith.
I think this is a ginned-up controversy by people who play identity politics that has divided the nation in a way that is really unhelpful, Fiorina said.What did Carly Fiorina do to advance LGBT rights, or women’s rights, when she was the CEO of HP?
As CEO of HP, Fiorina did lay off 30,000 workers, which should go over well with the electorate.
Business Insider’s Julie Bort notes that Fiorina is going to brag about her success as HP CEO, in order to gain support for her candidacy from the GOP rank and file.
She’s hoping to win votes based on her achievements in the world of business.
There’s only one problem with that: her biggest achievement, becoming the first woman to run Hewlett-Packard, is widely regarded as a disaster.A disastrous campaign for US Senate, and a disastrous run as CEO of Hewlett-Packard, do not give Fiorina any credibility as a candidate for President.
Fiorina’s stance on same-sex marriage can only be characterized as hateful and homophobic. That might help her in the GOP primaries, but she’ll go nowhere in the 2016 primaries. I have a feeling that she’ll go nowhere fast, and won't get out of the gate to compete in Iowa.
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