Friday, January 29, 2010

Voice for Equality: Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker is an American businessman and elected official from Massachusetts. He was a cabinet official under two Massachusetts governors, spent ten years as CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and is a Republican candidate in the 2010 Massachusetts gubernatorial election. Baker chose openly-gay Senate minority leader Richard R. Tisei as his running mate and he is campaigning against former independent candidate Christy Mihos for the Republican nomination. He is running as a social liberal (in favor of the freedom to marry and abortion rights) but a fiscal conservative, stressing job creation as his primary focus. Learn more here.

On December 8, 2009, published a piece on LGBT politics in Massachusetts focusing on Baker's staunch support for marriage equality:
KnowThyNeighbor contacted GOP frontrunner Charlie Baker months ago before he made his own announcement for run for Governor and asked Mr. Baker all about his stance on marriage equality and LGBT Rights. Of course we know now that Baker included his support for marriage equality in his announcement speech and even went as far to talk publicly about his own gay brother. But at the time I made my outreach to Baker, Scott Brown was not running for Kennedy's seat and my concerns were that Brown may be the Party's choice as Lt. Governor. Baker let me know perfectly clearly that he would not choose as a running mate anyone who would have a different opinion on an issue (marriage equality) that he felt so strongly about.[Link]
Freedom to Marry salutes Charlie Baker as another Republican Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.

If Ms. Baker's support inspires you - get involved.

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