Carly Fiorina, failed California Senate candidate and Hewlett-Packard CEO, has been trying to present herself as the GOP alternative to Hillary Clinton (she’s their only female candidate). Though she’s attempted to not say anything controversial recently on same-sex marriage, it doesn’t look like she’s going to back away from her traditional marriage-only stance any time soon. Now that she has formally announced she is running for president, let's take a look at where she stands on LGBT issues and same-sex marriage right now.
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1. Carly Fiorina told the Christian Coalition in 2010 she supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
2. She thinks the left’s opposition to Indiana's discriminatory "religious freedom" law was "destructive."
“It is frankly sad to me that politics has become a fact-free zone. It is sad that so many people on the left were quick to turn this into a divisive and destructive debate so they could further their own brand of identity politics. It is sad that CEOs took to Twitter before checking their facts, adding to the division instead of helping build tolerance,” she said. “This debate represents what so many believe is wrong with our politics. It has taken an emotional issue for people on both sides and politicians have used it to divide and to score points with their team.”
3. And instead of promoting constructive conversation on the topic, she blamed CEO's like Tim Cook.
“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.”
4. Fiorina called the judges who have overturned same-sex marriage bans “self-important.”
“And I think when we get into trouble on this debate when we assume that people who support gay marriage are open and compassion and people who don't are not. It's why I believe the right way to solve these very personal issues is to let people vote on them, don't have judges decide it, don't even have representative government decide it, let people vote on it in the states,” she said. “I think people of both points of view, accept the democratic process. What they don't always accept is a bunch of self-important, self-appointed judges saying this is culturally the new norm.”
5. And she doesn’t support a Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.
"[Same-sex marriage] 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,” she said.
6. She supported Prop 8 and didn’t think that a judge should overturn it.
“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,” she said. “The voters were quite clear about their views on this [Proposition 8] and this is now going through a legal process. Whatever your view about gay marriage, I think many of us would conclude that when voters have such a clear decision, for that decision to be overturned by a single judge seems perhaps not appropriate.”
7. And she doesn’t think that people who don't support equal marriage for same-sex couples should be criticized.
“I hope we are at the point now in this country where we can have a respectful conversation between people who have different views--between people who believe marriage is a religious institution with a spiritual foundation and those who believe government should bestow benefits and rights equally among its citizens. I hope we can have a respectful conversation without the name calling and without criticizing anyone's beliefs,” she said.