Feminist Majority Endorsements

Tulsi Gabbard

Background

Gabbard comes from strong conservative roots, especially from her father who has been a long-time powerful public official. During her time abroad in the Military, Gabbard says that her experiences changed her prospective to view all issue through a feminist lens. Gabbard was a State Legislator in Hawaii's 42nd District in West Oahu in 2002, and served on the Education, Higher Education, Tourism, and Economic Development committees. In 2003, she joined the Hawaii National Guard; and although she could have stayed in the legislature, instead, volunteered to deploy to Iraq with her unit. In 2008, as a 2nd Lt., she deployed for a 2nd tour to train the Kuwaiti National Guard Counter Terrorism Unit. In 2010, Gabbard was elected to the Honolulu City Council and chairs the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee and is Vice Chair of the Budget committee, where she has taken the lead on issues such as medical waste, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), dengue fever.

Position on Key Issues

Gabbard says that she will fight to save Roe v. Wade, and will oppose all efforts to undermine women's reproductive freedom. She supports equal rights for everyone, and would fight to repeal DOMA, at the federal level and would support civil unions at the state level as an interim measure, but feels that government should not be in the business of defining what marriage is or is not.

Prospects

The district is traditionally strongly Democratic so her prospects look good.

Opponent

Her opponent is Republican Kawika Crowley.

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