NOW/PAC is pleased to endorse Elaine Marshall for the U.S. Senate from North Carolina. Currently serving as North Carolina's Secretary of State, Marshall is the first women elected to executive office in the state. She has also served in the N.C. Senate where she was a strong advocate for improving the health care system.
Marshall has a long history of support from the North Carolina NOW PAC in statewide elections, and NOW/PAC is proud to support her as she strives for her first federal seat.
Marshall is a strong supporter of Roe v. Wade as well as legislation providing women access to abortion care in overseas military hospitals. She championed a North Carolina law that created a state abortion fund for indigent women, and she would work to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which denies the use of federal fund for abortion in most cases.
She is an advocate of equality for all, regardless of race or sexual orientation. Marshall is in favor of equal federal benefits for same-sex couples and repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and Don't Ask Don't Tell. During an interview with NOW she stated, "I don't support any kind of discrimination. I've experienced it, you're experiencing it and it's wrong. Equal benefits are fair."
Marshall is concerned that without programs like affirmative action, the United States will continue on a slippery slope, regressing to where women's rights were 30 years ago. She fiercely supports the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and favors the U.S. joining other civilized nations by ratifying the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Marshall's opponent, incumbent Sen. Richard Burr (R) has voted NO on key issues that support women's rights. These include the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Act, the Equal Pay Bill, the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act, Prohibiting Funds for Groups that Perform Abortions, the Same Sex Marriage resolution, the Adoption Restriction Amendment and, most notoriously, the Franken Amendment to promote justice for women who are raped.
For more information on Marshall see her campaign website
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