But her sexual orientation became a topic for public fodder in her bid for U. Congress when she introduced her female partner to an assembly of Democrats at a Bozeman political fundraiser on Saturday.
By doing so, Juneau became the state’s first openly lesbian candidate for Congress.
This post is by guest author Matt Dale, Director of the Montana Office of Consumer Protection & Victim Services, as part of the MLSA Advocacy Blog’s focus on domestic violence issues this October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This October we remember those who have died at the hands of their partners, victims of intimate partner homicide (IPH).
Since 2000, at least 69 IPH events have occurred in Montana, resulting in the deaths of 106 men, women and children.
Her statement made no reference to her sexual orientation.
It was in response to a question about how she might use her own experience and public office as a bully pulpit to address the challenges some Montana youth face over identity.
“I’m glad it’s out,” said Eric Feaver, a longtime friend who is president of the MEA-MFT, the state’s largest union. In an email from his spokeswoman, Heather Swift, Zinke said he wished Juneau the best. Kathleen Williams, another Democratic state legislator, took issue with all the attention being placed on Juneau’s sexual orientation, saying it was a private matter best left out of the campaign.
Juneau declined a request for an interview, but her office released a statement via email Wednesday afternoon.“I believe that every student in Montana, regardless of who they are or where they’re from, deserves a top-notch public education, free of bullying, prejudice, or hate,” Juneau said.“That’s something I’ve worked toward my entire adult life — first as a teacher, then as a lawyer, and now as Montana’s top education official.” Her statement also highlighted her accomplishments as the state’s schools chief.His pick for vice president is a longtime opponent of LGBT equality who has opposed putting same-sex relationships on equal legal footing as heterosexual marriages.Touted by its co-founders as the new nucleus the organized hate movement would gather around, the Nationalist Front (NF) is floundering.
The Commission is made up of 18 individuals covering all aspects of those who work with domestic violence victims – prosecution, victim advocacy, law enforcement, judiciary, etc.