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Joe Biden on Civil Rights
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 27 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Obama disbelieved 2012 gay-marriage support was "accidental". (Mar 2014)
  • I supported gay marriage and got criticized for saying so. (May 2013)
  • I'm "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage. (May 2012)
  • 1976: Opposed school busing to combat segregation. (Oct 2010)
  • Inalienable rights cannot be denied by any majority. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987 Biden Report: Reject Bork; he'd roll back civil rights. (Nov 2009)
  • No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment. (Oct 2008)
  • 1968: Wilmington riots failed at conversation between races. (Jul 2007)
  • Nobody asks if you’re gay in a foxhole. (Jun 2007)
  • Civil unions ok; gay marriage is probably inevitable. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • 1978: opposed busing except for gov’t-intended segregation. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Jeb Bush on Civil Rights
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 18 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • OpEd: "One Florida" scrapped affirmative action. (Apr 2015)
  • Let businesses express religious freedom against gays. (Mar 2015)
  • Respect civil unions & same-sex lifetime commitments. (Jan 2015)
  • 1994: LGBT protections are tantamount to elevating sodomy. (Jan 2015)
  • Don't-ask-don't-tell ok if it doesn't affect policy. (Dec 2014)
  • Traditional marriage best; but recognize gay couples. (Mar 2013)
  • Replaced affirmative action with "One Florida" initiative. (Jun 2012)
  • Insisted on more racial and gender diversity in trial judges. (Mar 2008)
  • Dismantled Florida's affirmative action program. (Feb 2007)
  • One Florida: equal minority contracts and admissions. (Feb 2007)
  • Don't create gays as another category of victims. (Feb 2007)
  • Removed Confederate battle flag from Florida Capitol. (Feb 2007)
  • 1981: Left Houston based on prejudice against Mexican wife. (Sep 2004)
  • Provide licensure exams in Spanish, for free. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas. (Jul 1998)
  • No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage. (Jul 1998)
  • Gay rights & feminism are "modern victim movements". (Nov 1995)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Ben Carson on Civil Rights
Click here for 11 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Give gays rights, but not marriage, because it's a choice. (Mar 2015)
  • Don't let the PC police label conservatives as extremists. (Feb 2015)
  • Underdog status is not determined any longer by race. (Feb 2014)
  • Apologized for likening homosexuality to pedophilia. (Mar 2013)
  • Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples. (Mar 2013)
  • 1960s: experienced racism in inner-city Boston and Detroit. (Jan 2012)
  • Reparations for WWII Japanese ok, but not for slavery. (Jan 2012)
  • Not all black candidates share Obama's left-wing politics. (Jan 2012)
  • Redefining marriage is slippery slope with disastrous ending. (Jan 2012)
  • Legal binding relationship for gays to enjoy property rights. (Jan 2012)
  • Free speech is wonderful, but hate speech causes actual harm. (Jan 2012)
Lincoln Chafee on Civil Rights
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Lincoln Chafee OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • People of color are the future of Rhode Island. (Jan 2014)
  • Longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community. (Nov 2010)
  • 1964: Opposing Civil Rights Act was wrong side of history. (Apr 2008)
  • 2006: Marriage Amendment ignores states' rights. (Apr 2008)
  • Gay marriage is a state issue, not for federal constitution. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”. (Sep 2000)
  • Continue affirmative action programs. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Hillary Clinton on Civil Rights
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 59 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 4 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Women in Public Service Project: 50% of officials by 2050. (Nov 2013)
  • 1998: Hillary predicted female President in near future. (Oct 2007)
  • 1962: met MLK Jr. preaching a sermon in Chicago. (Jul 2007)
  • 1995: Politely criticized China’s human rights. (Jun 2007)
  • Developmental thread: tragedy of race must be made right. (Jun 2007)
  • Pushing for privacy bill of rights. (Jun 2006)
  • Professional woman AND hostess; feminist AND traditionalist. (Nov 2003)
  • Crack down on sex trafficking of women and girls. (Jan 2000)
  • Human rights are women’s rights. (Jan 2000)
  • Women’s rights are human rights. (Dec 1999)
  • Support National Endowment for the Arts. (Feb 1997)
  • Sex selection, prostitution & war rape: human rights issues. (Sep 1995)
  • Women's suffrage was 72-year struggle, but not a shot fired. (Sep 1993)

    Affirmative Action

  • OpEd: "18 million cracks" meant "lingering sexism". (Aug 2009)
  • Heads movement of women looking to America's true promise. (Aug 2009)
  • Equal pay is not yet equal. (Jan 2008)
  • MLK recognized that working within the system was necessary. (Jan 2008)
  • Compiled “Handbook on Legal Rights for Arkansas Women”. (Nov 2007)
  • Hillary wanted Bill’s cabinet to “Look Like America”. (Oct 2007)
  • Founded Vital Voices Initiative with Madeleine Albright. (Sep 2007)
  • 1965: brought black classmates to all-white church. (Jul 2007)
  • We’ve come a long way on race, but we have a long way to go. (Jun 2007)
  • 1988: Instituted gender diversity Report Card within ABA. (Jun 2007)
  • Create a pipeline for more women in leadership. (Oct 2005)
  • 1972: Worked with Edelman on school desegregation in South. (Nov 2003)
  • Apologize for slavery, but concentrate on civil rights now. (Oct 2000)
  • First chair of ABA Commission on Women and the Profession. (Aug 1999)
  • Raised issues of gender compensation gap at 1970s Rose Law. (Nov 1997)
  • Affirmative living: involve entire village against racism. (Sep 1996)

    Gay Rights

  • I re-evaluated & changed my mind on gay marriage. (Jun 2014)
  • We have all evolved on gay marriage since 1990s. (Jun 2014)
  • DOMA discrimination holds us back from a more perfect union. (Jun 2013)
  • I support gay marriage personally and as law. (Mar 2013)
  • Telling kids about gay couples is parental discretion. (Sep 2007)
  • Positive about civil unions, with full equality of benefits. (Aug 2007)
  • Let states decide gay marriage; they’re ahead of feds. (Aug 2007)
  • GLBT progress since 2000, when I marched in gay pride parade. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports DOMA, which Bill Clinton signed. (Jul 2007)
  • Don’t ask don’t tell was an important transition step. (Jun 2007)
  • 2004:defended traditional marriage; 2006:voted for same-sex. (May 2007)
  • Federal Marriage Amendment would be terrible step backwards. (Oct 2006)
  • Gay soldiers need to shoot straight, not be straight. (Nov 2003)
  • End hate crimes and other intolerance. (Sep 2000)
  • Gays deserve domestic partnership benefits. (Feb 2000)
  • Military service based on conduct, not sexual orientation. (Dec 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Co-sponsored bill to criminalize flag-burning. (Jan 2010)
  • Op-ed: Sposnored flag-burning bill for centrist credential. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 96% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
Ted Cruz on Civil Rights
Click here for 10 full quotes by Ted Cruz OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Pray against a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • Liberals obsessed with mandatory gay marriage in 50 states. (Apr 2015)
  • Zealotry on same-sex marriage leaves out religious liberty. (Apr 2015)
  • Overturn Supreme Court with anti-gay marriage Amendment. (Oct 2014)
  • Opposes gay pride parades and opposes gay marriage. (Feb 2012)
  • One-man-one-woman marriage is building block of society. (Jul 2011)
  • Disallow Ku Klux Klan from participating in Adopt-A-Highway. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored state definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Feb 2014)
Carly Fiorina on Civil Rights
Click here for 7 full quotes by Carly Fiorina OR click here for Carly Fiorina on other issues.
  • I don't just Tweet about equal pay; I lead on pay standards. (Feb 2015)
  • Women professionals are not treated the same as men. (May 2014)
  • Marriage is between a man and a woman; but civil unions ok. (Sep 2010)
  • No same-sex marriage; yes civil unions; repeal DADT. (Sep 2010)
  • Proud conservative vote for Proposition 8. (Nov 2009)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). (Sep 2010)
Jim Gilmore on Civil Rights
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
Click here for 3 full quotes by Jim Gilmore OR click here for Jim Gilmore on other issues.
  • Rated “F” by National Review on pro-gay issues. (Jan 2007)
  • Never allow terrorists limit our commitment to liberty. (Mar 2006)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Lindsey Graham on Civil Rights
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
Click here for 11 full quotes by Lindsey Graham OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
Mike Huckabee on Civil Rights
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 26 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • Same-sex marriage leads to criminalization of Christianity. (Apr 2015)
  • Courts cannot unilaterally allow same-sex marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • Free speech should include Christian worldview. (Jan 2015)
  • If GOP abdicates on gay marriage, they lose guys like me. (Oct 2014)
  • Supreme Court can't allow gay marriage all by itself. (Oct 2014)
  • Women should control libido rather than rely on Uncle Sugar. (Jan 2014)
  • Homosexuality is a sin the same as heterosexual lust. (Dec 2013)
  • Pays attention to black vote; got 48% as governor. (Nov 2008)
  • I witnessed firsthand the shameful evil of racism. (Sep 2008)
  • It’s arrogant for GOP to ignore Hispanics or any group. (Dec 2007)
  • Racial profiling based on speaking with accent is unAmerican. (Dec 2007)
  • Got 48% of black vote in AR; embarrassed at national GOP. (Sep 2007)
  • Address gay behavior if problematic, not gay attitudes. (Jun 2007)
  • Gay tolerance reflects lack of fixed societal standards. (Jun 2007)
  • Respect gay couples but no gay adoptions. (Jan 2007)
  • USA has gone from Barney Fife to Barney Frank. (Jan 2007)
  • Signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage in Arkansas. (Dec 2006)
  • No civil unions; only one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • No affirmative action for state contracts nor colleges. (Nov 2002)
  • If Titanic sank now, feminism would cost more women's lives. (Jun 1998)
  • Women's liberation resulted in women's impoverishment. (Jun 1998)
  • No-fault divorce increases feminization of poverty. (Jun 1998)
  • Until recently, no one suggested homosexuality was equal. (Sep 1997)
  • Treat AIDS as plague to be isolated, not civil rights issue. (Nov 1992)
  • More federal funding of IDEA for disabled education. (Mar 2000)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Bobby Jindal on Civil Rights
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 11 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Institution of marriage existed long before our laws existed. (Apr 2015)
  • I pledge support for a religious freedom law. (Apr 2015)
  • Ok to deny services to gays based on religious beliefs. (Apr 2015)
  • Let's have religious liberty without anti-gay discrimination. (Apr 2015)
  • Find common ground on gay marriage even when we disagree. (May 2014)
  • Strong views opposing same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports constitutional amendment to define marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 33% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
John Kasich on Civil Rights
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Click here for 7 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Admires courage of Aung San Suu Kyi & Rosa Parks. (Jun 2010)
  • Made speech in high school to ease tensions during race riot. (May 2006)
  • End “racial profiling” locally, or federally. (May 1999)
  • Affirmative action OK via recruitment; not via quotas. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Peter King on Civil Rights
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 14 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 14% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 42% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Martin O`Malley on Civil Rights
Democrat
Click here for 6 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • All are created equal, including gay, lesbian & transgender. (May 2015)
  • Led Maryland to 2012 same-sex marriage law. (Apr 2015)
  • Respect dignity of individuals & support same-sex marriage. (Jan 2014)
  • Civil marriage rights for all Marylanders. (Feb 2012)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Barack Obama on Civil Rights
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 74 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • It's right to condemn the persecution of LGBT people. (Jan 2015)
  • OpEd: 2007: Had to endure the "black enough" test. (May 2012)
  • Constitution stained by nation's original sin of slavery. (Nov 2010)
  • 2008 speech on race expedited by Rev. Wright fiasco. (Jan 2010)
  • Balance isolation & engagement for international rights. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Not the seed of civil rights, but the flower. (Aug 2008)
  • Admired repeated acts of "self-creation" by Malcolm X. (Aug 2008)
  • Has stood together with Latino leaders for last 20 years. (Jun 2008)
  • People want to move beyond our divisions. (Jan 2008)
  • 2004 DNC speech merged “heritage” with “diversity”. (Dec 2007)
  • The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties. (Oct 2007)
  • 1980s boss predicted Obama would be heir to MLK’s voice. (Aug 2007)
  • Racial equality good for America as a whole. (Jun 2007)
  • Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house. (Apr 2007)
  • Muslim heritage gives Obama unique influence in Muslim world. (Oct 2006)
  • No black or white America--just United States of America. (Oct 2006)
  • Forthright on racial issues and on his civil rights history. (Jul 2004)
  • Defend freedom and equality under law. (May 2004)
  • Politicians: don’t use religion to insulate from criticism. (Apr 2004)
  • Miscegenation a felony in 1960 when Obamas practiced it. (Aug 1996)
  • The civil rights movement was a success. (Aug 1996)

    Affirmative Action

  • FactCheck: Gender wage gap is $0.19, not $0.23. (Jan 2014)
  • Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. (Feb 2013)
  • I benefited from affirmative action in my academic career. (Oct 2011)
  • Many black disparities can be traced to legacy of Jim Crow. (Jan 2009)
  • Keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work. (Aug 2008)
  • Past discrimination affects future generations. (Jul 2008)
  • Apply affirmative action to poor white college applicants. (Apr 2008)
  • Community organizing continues the civil rights movement. (Apr 2008)
  • Legalized discrimination meant blacks could not amass wealth. (Mar 2008)
  • Fight job discrimination to give women equal footing at jobs. (Feb 2008)
  • Remove discriminatory barriers to the right to vote. (Feb 2008)
  • Benefited from affirmative action but overcame via merit. (Dec 2007)
  • Include class-based affirmative action with race-based. (Oct 2007)
  • Better enforce women’s pay equity via Equal Pay Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Blacks should infiltrate mainstream to affect change. (Aug 2007)
  • Commitment to diversity by CEOs is advisable. (Mar 2007)
  • African-Americans vote Democratic because of issue stances. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports affirmative action in colleges and government. (Jul 1998)

    Gay Rights

  • Journey not complete until gays treated like anyone else. (Jan 2013)
  • Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. (May 2012)
  • No federal laws should hinder state-based same-sex marriage. (May 2012)
  • Opposes CA Prop. 8, one-man-one-woman marriage. (Jul 2008)
  • Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable. (Feb 2008)
  • Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. (Nov 2007)
  • Decisions about marriage should be left to the states. (Oct 2007)
  • Homosexuality no more immoral than heterosexuality. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to expose 6-year-olds to gay couples; they know already. (Sep 2007)
  • Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands? (Aug 2007)
  • We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions. (Aug 2007)
  • Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church. (Aug 2007)
  • Disentangle gay rights from the word “marriage”. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay rights movement is somewhat like civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage. (Jul 2007)
  • Pass ENDA and expand hate crime legislation. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposed 1996 Illinois DOMA bill. (Mar 2007)
  • Supports health benefits for gay civil partners. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality. (Oct 2006)
  • Marriage not a human right; non-discrimination is. (Oct 2004)
  • Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry. (Oct 2004)
  • Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
Sarah Palin on Civil Rights
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 30 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • 1996: Disapproved of gay-parent books in public library. (Sep 2011)
  • 2006: No choice but to comply with same-sex partner benefits. (Sep 2011)
  • Women's movement was "seat at table"; now "control table". (Nov 2010)
  • I am a feminist, and grateful beneficiary of Title IX. (Nov 2010)
  • Slavery in Constitution was a lasting shame for a century. (Nov 2010)
  • America follows faith in how we treat special needs kids. (Nov 2010)
  • 2008: Increased McCain's popularity among women by 20%. (Jan 2010)
  • College roommate openly lives in same-sex marriage. (Nov 2009)
  • Respected court ruling allowing same-sex state benefits. (Nov 2009)
  • Criticism of $150K wardrobe was deliberately sexist. (Nov 2009)
  • Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Nov 2009)
  • First female mayor of Wasilla; first female governor of AK. (Oct 2008)
  • Non-support of anything but traditional marriage. (Oct 2008)
  • I’m a feminist; equal rights for women. (Sep 2008)
  • Equal pay for equal work; but not Ledbetter Act. (Sep 2008)
  • Hillary put 18 million cracks in glass ceiling. (Sep 2008)
  • Would like support from women’s groups, but won’t woo them. (Sep 2008)
  • Vetoed bill denying benefits to gays, as unconstitutional. (Aug 2008)
  • ADA brings expanded freedom to Americans with disabilities. (Jul 2008)
  • Recognize Juneteenth to celebrate the end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • HIV/AIDS among Alaska Natives is public health crisis. (Mar 2008)
  • Recognize Martin Luther King holiday. (Jan 2008)
  • Comply with same-sex partner benefits despite disagreement. (Dec 2006)
  • Marriage only between one man and one woman. (Nov 2006)
  • Value our cultural diversity. (Nov 2006)
  • Prefers term “anti-rural” to “anti-Native”. (Nov 2006)
  • Special legislative session on same-sex health benefits. (Nov 2006)
  • Ok to deny benefits to homosexual couples. (Aug 2006)
  • No spousal benefits for same-sex couples. (Jul 2006)
  • Top priorities include preserving definition of “marriage”. (Jul 2006)
George Pataki on Civil Rights
Republican NY Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by George Pataki OR click here for George Pataki on other issues.
  • Opposes same-sex marriage; supports gay & lesbian rights. (Jan 2007)
  • No Federal Marriage Amendment; yes hate crime legislation. (Dec 2006)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Decide Indian gaming rules at state level, not DOI. (Jul 1999)
Rand Paul on Civil Rights
Click here for 17 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Marriage for heterosexuals; contracts for same-sex couples. (Apr 2015)
  • Stand up for Bill of Rights against federal usurpation. (Apr 2015)
  • I don't believe in rights based on your behavior. (Mar 2015)
  • Gay contracts ok, but gay marriage is offensive. (Mar 2015)
  • OpEd: Disagrees with Libertarian Party on social issues. (Jan 2015)
  • Don't register guns federally, nor marriages. (Dec 2014)
  • Voter ID laws offend African Americans. (May 2014)
  • Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden. (Jan 2014)
  • Redefining marriage leads to economic and moral problems. (Jun 2013)
  • No national law on same-sex marriage; leave it to states. (May 2013)
  • Make federal benefits equal for gay couples. (Mar 2013)
  • Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it. (Mar 2013)
  • Illegal to impose racial segregation in the private sector. (May 2010)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes affirmative action. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Rick Perry on Civil Rights
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Would attend same-sex marriage of a family member. (Jun 2015)
  • Supported anti-sodomy laws; opposes gay marriage. (Jun 2015)
  • Scouts' no-gays is principled like stand against slavery. (May 2013)
  • Civil Rights Act was glorious fulfillment of Declaration. (Nov 2010)
  • Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so. (Nov 2010)
  • We divvy up races using tools invented to fight racism. (Nov 2010)
  • Suing for girls in Boy Scouts is part of strategic assault. (Feb 2008)
  • Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys. (Feb 2008)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Marco Rubio on Civil Rights
Click here for 9 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • One-man-one-woman marriage existed before our laws. (Apr 2015)
  • Opposes Paycheck Fairness: don't require equal pay for women. (Apr 2014)
  • Balance gay anti-discrimination with religious rights. (Mar 2014)
  • Defining marriage does not demean a class of people. (Jun 2013)
  • I believe in historical marriage, but ok if states redefine. (Jun 2013)
  • Leave gay marriage to states, but keep DOMA. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). (Sep 2010)
Bernie Sanders on Civil Rights
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 21 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • Equal pay for equal work by women. (Mar 2015)
  • Bush’s tracking citizens’ phone call patterns is illegal. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 93% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Oct 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Rick Santorum on Civil Rights
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 28 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • I would never attend a same-sex wedding. (Apr 2015)
  • Push for religious liberty in workplace, but not anti-gay. (Apr 2015)
  • Santorum side-by-side against Gingrich, Paul & Romney. (Mar 2012)
  • I agree with hearing gay ideas but disagree with some. (Jan 2012)
  • Marriage is a federal issue; we need one definition, not 50. (Jan 2012)
  • Right to gay sex implies right to bigamy, incest, & adultery. (Jan 2012)
  • No polygamy; no gay marriage. (Aug 2011)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell; punish behavior. (Jun 2011)
  • Same-sex marriage is unprecedented social revolution. (Apr 2006)
  • Marriage Protection Amendment is last resort, but needed. (Apr 2006)
  • Affirmative program for minority business-building. (Apr 2006)
  • Leave marriage definition to state legislatures & the people. (Jul 2004)
  • Same-sex marriage takes us away from purpose of marriage. (Jul 2004)
  • Homosexual orientation ok; but homosexual act are sodomy. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
Jill Stein on Civil Rights
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • Must follow up direct action with electoral politics. (Jun 2015)
  • Black Lives Matter: fix the system of racism. (Mar 2015)
  • Pay equity for women remains critical, despite some programs. (Oct 2012)
  • First pro-gay-marriage candidate in first gay marriage state. (Dec 2011)
  • Economy that is not fully inclusive is inherently unstable. (Dec 2011)
  • Legalize gay marriage. (Nov 2001)
Donald Trump on Civil Rights
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 2 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits. (Mar 2011)
  • Tolerate diversity; prosecute hate crimes against gays. (Jul 2000)
Scott Walker on Civil Rights
Click here for 6 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • Constitutional amendment to prevent federal gay marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • 2013: same-sex marriage issue over; 2015: issue not settled. (Feb 2015)
  • Supreme Court has spoken; preventing gay marriage is over. (Oct 2014)
  • A Better Bottom Line & Project SEARCH: job help for disabled. (Jan 2014)
  • Perhaps leave gay marriage up to each church, not government. (Mar 2013)
  • Marriage is to be between one man and one woman. (Nov 2005)
James Webb on Civil Rights
Democratic Sr Senator
Click here for 7 full quotes by James Webb OR click here for James Webb on other issues.
  • Evolution on gay marriage has been good for the country. (Oct 2014)
  • Affirmative action should apply to African-Americans only. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports civil unions; opposes constitutional ban. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes constitutional ban of gay marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Government’s power should end at my front door. (Apr 2006)
  • Realign politics by union of Scots-Irish & African Americans. (Jan 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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