Issues

Issues

Protect Civil Rights

Protect Civil Rights

Protect Civil Rights

With a federal government openly hostile to equal rights, and with the U.S. Supreme Court primed to rollback hardfought civil rights victories, the NY Attorney General must be a fierce defender and enforcer of all people’s rights.

My office will use its full power under local, state, and federal law to protect: voting rights, reproductive health rights, LGBTQ rights, disability rights, religious rights, equal education opportunity, and employment rights.

The NYS OAG’s work in Oswego County, where transgender employees were being denied healthcare coverage until the AG intervened, and the guidance OAG issued, reaffirming New Yorkers’ protections through Title IX and the Dignity for All Students Act, in the wake of Trump administration’s rescinding of federal guidance, are examples of the important work my office will pursue.

I am proud to have been endorsed by the civil rights icon and lawyer Robbie Kaplan, who put this moment in perspective: “Now, more than ever, as our nation faces imminent threats to our democratic system and the potential reversal of long-established fundamental rights for women, minorities, immigrants and LGBTQ Americans, it would be hard to overstate the importance of having an Attorney General with courage, deep knowledge of constitutional law, and a demonstrated commitment to integrity and independence.”

Teachout receives backing of prominent gay rights lawyer Roberta Kaplan