Gays and Lesbians
What issues did Democrats support?
Democrats supported the Appointment of Bill Lann Lee: On December 15, 1997, President Clinton appointed Bill Lann Lee, former Western Region Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, to serve as the Acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
Democrats supported the Nomination of James Hormel: On October 6, 1997, President Clinton nominated businessman James Hormel, a member of the U.S. Delegation to the 51st United Nations Human Rights Commission, to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to Luxembourg.
Democrats supported the Employment Non-Discrimination Act: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. Since there is no federal law which prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, it is currently legal to fire men and women in thirty-nine states solely because of their sexual orientation.
Federal Non-Discrimination Policies: The Clinton-Gore Administration has directed federal departments and agencies to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Democrats supported Political Party Non-Discrimination Policies: On August 27, 1996, Democratic National Convention delegates passed the 1996 Democratic Party Platform which opposes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Democrats supported Political Asylum for Persecuted Gays and Lesbians: The Clinton-Gore Administration grants political asylum to individuals who face persecution in their home countries because of their sexual orientation.
Crime / Illegal Drugs
The Democratic Party strongly believes that our government's primary responsibility is to promote law and order. We are committed to fighting crime and illegal drug use -- particularly among our nation's children -- by building a criminal justice system in which criminals are caught, the guilty are convicted, and the convicted serve their time. We agree with law enforcement officials, however, that the best way to reduce crime and illegal drug use is to prevent Americans from engaging in these activities in the first place.