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THE ISSUES / CIVIL RIGHTS
The Candidates:
• George W. Bush
• John Kerry
• Ralph Nader
• Third Parties
Showdown States:
The Conventions:
• Democratic
• Republican


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Editor's note: This chart features brief summaries of candidates' viewpoints on some issues, based on their statements and records. Most candidates have offered more comprehensive explanations of their positions on these and other issues. More information may be found on their campaign Web sites.
Affirmative Action
Gay marriage
Gays in the military
Gay adoption
Hate crime legislation
Has both opposed and supported affirmative action
Backs constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage
Supports "don't ask, don't tell" policy
Opposes gay adoptions
Opposes expanding federal law to cover sexual orientation
Supports affirmative action policies
Against gay marriage, backs benefits, rights for gay couples
Favors allowing gay men and women to serve openly in military
Supports adoption by gay men and lesbians
Expand federal hate crimes legislation, assure equal justice
Supports affirmative action policies
Backs same-sex marriages to ensure GLBT full equal rights
In 2000, favored allowing gay men and women to serve openly in military
No public position, but supports full equal rights for GLBT
In 2000, supported strengthening hate crimes legislation
Affirmative Action
Gay marriage
Gays in the military
Gay adoption
Hate crime legislation
NOTE
• AG: Attorney General; ANWR: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; CAFÉ: Standards that provide tax and other incentives for consumers to purchase and alternative fuel vehicles; COPS: Community Oriented Policing Program; DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act; GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered; NCLB: No Child Left Behind; NMD: National Missile Defense.
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