Jared Huffman on Civil Rights



Represented women in gender discrimination cases

Jared has a long track record of fighting for women's rights. As a young civil-rights attorney, he represented women and women's organizations in a variety of gender discrimination cases, including representing CalNOW in a Title IX case against all 23 campuses of the California State University system which resulted in a historic consent decree that has created new opportunities for thousands of female scholar-athletes throughout California.
Source: 2012 House campaign website, jaredhuffman.com , Nov 6, 2012

Recognize out-of-state same sex marriages

Jared believes in equal rights for all Americans. Jared has compiled a perfect 100% career voting record from Equality California. Specifically, he voted for legislation to ensure marriage equality, recognize out-of-state same sex marriages, prohibit discrimination against transgendered individuals, establish the ability for transgendered individuals to obtain new birth certificates that reflect their change in gender, and created "Harvey Milk Day."
Source: 2012 House campaign website, jaredhuffman.com , Nov 6, 2012

Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Congressional Summary:
    Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) to add or expand definitions of several terms used in such Act, including :
  1. "culturally specific services" to mean community-based services that offer culturally relevant and linguistically specific services and resources to culturally specific communities;
  2. "personally identifying information" with respect to a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
  3. "underserved populations" as populations that face barriers in accessing and using victim services because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity; and
  4. "youth" to mean a person who is 11 to 24 years old.

Opponent's Argument for voting No (The Week; Huffington Post, and The Atlantic): House Republicans had objected to provisions in the Senate bill that extended VAWA's protections to lesbians, gays, immigrants, and Native Americans. For example, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) voted against the VAWA bill because it was a "politically–motivated, constitutionally-dubious Senate version bent on dividing women into categories by race, transgender politics and sexual preference." The objections can be grouped in two broadly ideological areas--that the law is an unnecessary overreach by the federal government, and that it represents a "feminist" attack on family values. The act's grants have encouraged states to implement "mandatory-arrest" policies, under which police responding to domestic-violence calls are required to make an arrest. These policies were intended to combat the too-common situation in which a victim is intimidated into recanting an abuse accusation. Critics also say VAWA has been subject to waste, fraud, and abuse because of insufficient oversight.

Reference: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Bill H.R.11 ; vote number 13-HV055 on Feb 28, 2013

Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools.

Huffman co-sponsored Student Non-Discrimination Act

Congressional Summary: