Protecting the Equal Rights and Civil Liberties of All Marylanders

Jon Cardin believes that all Marylanders – regardless of race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or identity – should have an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential and succeed in our state. That’s why Jon has consistently supported efforts to protect the rights of minorities, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ Marylanders, and others who continue to be the targets of discrimination.  And Jon has been one of Maryland’s leaders in protecting one of our most sacred rights – the right to vote – and has successfully blocked voter suppression efforts across our state.

In the Maryland legislature, Jon has been a leader in protecting the equal rights and civil liberties of all Marylanders:

  • Jon has been a strong and early supporter of marriage equality and other LGBTQ rights, including transgender equality.
  • One of Maryland’s most effective legislators on campaign finance reform and protecting the right to vote, Jon has led the fight for same day voter registration, public financing of political campaigns, increased transparency and additional accountability for super-PACs and other outside spending. Time and time again, Jon has consistently led the charge to defeat voter suppression laws. 
  • A leading voice for increased funding for mental health and developmental disability resources, Jon has sponsored several bills to increase mental health spending and resources.
  • In a state where a woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices are continually threatened by Republican incursions and limitations, Jon has been a stalwart supporter of Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. 
  • Jon recognizes that both American citizens and undocumented immigrants need additional protections on our streets. In 2013, he voted for the Highway Safety Act, creating a second tier driver’s license for undocumented individuals, ensuring that anyone driving on our roads and highways has a license, valid insurance, and the proper qualifications to operate a motor vehicle while guaranteeing that every individual has the ability to go to work, take their child to school, or enjoy all the recreation and opportunities our State has to offer.
  • Jon has been an outspoken voice on protecting the rights and increasing the opportunities for Maryland's minorities. From his support for the repeal of Maryland’s discriminatory death penalty, to voting in favor of decriminalizing small amount of marijuana, to securing $1 billion for Baltimore City Public School funding in the 2013 session, Jon has been an a true advocate for minority groups in Maryland.