Responses of Larry Mullin to GLAA 2002 Questionnaire
for DC Council Candidates
1. Will you support funding for mandatory gay male, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sensitivity and diversity training including gay and transgender community representatives as a continuing part of the training for all members of the Metropolitan Police Department and the Fire/EMS Department?
Sensitivity training is essential. We all know that there are many bigoted people out there who just have a hard time not discriminating against gays and lesbians. This training should be standard. As far as budgeting extra money, the current budget probably will have to do, given the current budget crunch.
2. Metropolitan Police Officers are barred from moonlighting only at bars and sexually oriented establishments. Officers are not barred from working at any other establishments. Will you support legislation that will reverse the Council's ban on moonlighting at bars and sexually oriented establishments?
I would support reversing the ban on police working at bars. I would not support the ban on police working at sexually oriented establishments.
3. A few years ago the District enacted a version of Megan's Law that refuses to allow sex offenders to keep themselves off the public registry of sex offenders by demonstrating that they are no longer a danger to the community. A federal judge struck down this provision of the D.C. law as unconstitutional last September. Similar provisions have been struck down by many other federal courts. Will you support a change in Megan's Law to ensure that the registry of sex offenders only includes those who are still dangerous?
Once a person has served his sentence, I believe that he should be allowed to function in society as any other person does. I would support allowing employers, who deal with children, to inquire about one's arrest or prison record.
Public Health & AIDS
4. The rate of HIV infections in DC is the highest in the United States, rivaling levels in sub-Saharan Africa. The last time that The DC Council held an oversight hearing on the HIV/AIDS Administration was June 18, 1998. If elected or re-elected to the Council, will you ensure that the Council holds an annual performance oversight hearing on the HIV/AIDS Administration?
I would support the yearly oversight hearings. Also, more funds should be spent in this area to better help persons who are suffering from HIV or AIDS.
5. The Director of the HIV/AIDS Administration, Ron Lewis, is his own boss, also serving as a deputy Health Director. Will you demand that the HIV/AIDS Administration have a full-time Director?
I would support this. This is a growing crises. There should be someone with the skills and commitment of a "Jim Graham" type person who is capable of doing fine management in this area.
6. The current HIV epidemiological surveillance system discourages people-especially immigrants-from getting tested by requiring both their partial social security number and their country of origin. This potentially threatens their ability to stay in this country. The HIV Unique Identifier System Amendment Act of 2001, B14-0326, would eliminate the partial social security system. Will you vote for the bill and seek a speedy passage?
I need to look over the fine print first. However, I believe that anybody should be able to get a free HIV/AIDS test, regardless of who they are or what their status is.
7. Recognizing the significant improvements made in the operations of the Office of Human Rights under then-Director Charles Holman, the Williams Administration granted OHR a significant addition to its FY 2003 budget to increase the number of investigators and other staff so that the case backlog will continue to drop. Will you support such increases in funding for future years as well until complaints are routinely processed within 120 days?
Funding a slow system with more money may not be the solution. Why can't investigations be done within one month?
8. Will you support legislation that will codify the Office of Human Rights' former practice of giving top priority to discrimination complaints filed by people with AIDS or other major life-threatening diseases?
I don't believe that AIDS discrimination complaints should be ahead of or 2nd to other complaints of discrimination.
9. The Council recently confirmed the reappointment of Pierpont Mobley to the D.C. Commission on Human Rights, despite Mr. Mobley's statements during his confirmation hearing indicating a lack of support or understanding of the Commission's ruling against the Boy Scouts' policy of excluding gay men from participating either as Scouts or as leaders. Will you vote against the confirmation of any other nominee to the Human Rights Commission who displays a similar lack of commitment to enforcement of the D.C. Human Rights Law?
I really need more details about the Mobley incident. Concerning the scouts, if starting some troops at some D.C. Public housing can be done to help kids, I'm all for that. This whole scout thing has been blown way out of porportion. The kids come first.
10. Will you block ceremonial resolutions saluting individuals or organizations that promote any sort of bigotry, including but not limited to the Nation of Islam and the Boy Scouts of America?
To say that the Scouts promotes bigotry is being extreme.
Defending Our Families
11. Will you support legal recognition of marriages between partners of the same sex?
Yes. Marriage is a sacramental bond between two persons who love one another. Anyone has the right to marry whomever he or she pleases.
12. Will you support legislation in the District similar to Vermont's civil unions law?
I probably would. I need to read the law.
13. Will you support amending the domestic partnership regulations to recognize the more than 100 couples who registered under Mayor Kelly's September 30, 1992 Directive?
14. Will you support amending the domestic partnership regulations to recognize domestic partnerships and civil unions established in other jurisdictions?
15. Will you vote for the "Elimination of Outdated Crimes Amendment Act of 2002," Bill 14-636, which eliminates archaic criminal laws including fornication, adultery and others?
16. Will you oppose legislation designed to end nude dancing at any establishment holding a D.C. liquor license or prohibiting such establishments from transferring their nude dancing licenses to different establishments or otherwise further limiting nude dancing in ABC-licensed establishments?
Each bar/restaurant should be judged on how peaceful it is.
17. Will you vote against "The Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs Act of 2002," Bill 14-719, which would undermine citizen advocacy by creating official gay advocates under the direction of the Mayor?
Yes. Money can be better used elsewhere.
Your record is part of your rating. Please list any actions that you have taken that may help illustrate your record on behalf of lesbians and gay men.