State of Arizona Archives: on Civil Rights


Kelli Ward: Rated 0% by Stonewall Democrats for anti-gay policies

Group ratings on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for 2014: Stonewall Democrats of Arizona rate Kelli Ward at 0%, indicating anti-gay policy stances. Mission statement:

"Stonewall Democrats of Arizona is first an LGBTQI organization. It is our goal and intent to help level the playing field, to promote equality--marriage, health, employment and more--for the LGBTQI community. Further, SDA will support equality across the board. Immigration reform, intelligent weapons safety, education, business and welfare, women's rights, the environment, student and senior rights--these are things SDA may also touch on. Our goal is to keep elected Democratic officials in office and get more of our candidates elected, to stand against those in office (and sometimes without) who are against equality and civil rights, to fight harmful Arizona legislation and those who author it, put it forward and support it."

Source: Project Vote-Smart group ratings on 2016 Arizona Senate race Jul 27, 2015

Martha McSally: I know first-hand the discrimination women face

As the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter aircraft in combat and command a fighter squadron, I know first-hand the challenges, biases, harassment, and discrimination women in our country face. I managed to break through these glass ceilings along with many other trail-blazing women who figured out how to succeed in a very male-dominated environment. Now, I want to continue fighting for women's rights in Congress.

I fought for eight years to overturn a Pentagon policy requiring U.S. servicewomen to wear Muslim garb when off base in Saudi Arabia. After more than six years, I was ordered to follow these demeaning and discriminatory policies and threatened to be court-martialed if I did not comply. I complied for 13 months while continuing to advocate for a policy change, then put my career on the line and filed McSally vs Rumsfeld in court. I then shepherded legislation to overturn the policy once and for all.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, McSallyForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Doug Ducey: Outreach to Navajo tribe: it's all about protecting jobs

Doug Ducey reached out to the Navajo people: "Doug Ducey is running to be the Governor of all the people of Arizona. He understands the issues important to the Navajo people, including access to a clean and reliable water supply, issues relating to jobs and economic growth, and the need to fight back against harmful federal regulations that could shut down the Navajo Generating Station, which employs mostly Navajo people," wrote Ducey's communications director.

Not many Republicans reach out to the heavily Democratic Navajo tribe, but Ducey says it's all about protecting jobs, especially the ones at Navajo Generating station in northern Arizona that employees hundreds of people. Ducey's communications director said, "If elected, Doug will work to kickstart the economy for all of Arizona, remove harmful and burdensome regulations that are keeping businesses from putting people to work, and reform our K-12 education system to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education.

Source: Navajo Post on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Aug 25, 2014

Fred DuVal: Strongly supports marriage equality

Q: If the public votes to support same sex marriage--as Governor, will you?

A: I strongly support marriage equality and equal rights for all Arizonans. As governor, if the courts have not thrown out our ban on marriage equality, I will use the bully pulpit to make sure marriage equality becomes a reality in Arizona in 2016.

Source: KSAZ Fox 10 Phoenix on 2014 Arizona governor race Jul 28, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Fight for same-sex marriage in all 50 states

I played a central role in forcing Gov. Brewer to veto the discriminatory SB 1062, a bill allowing businesses to deny service based on sexual orientation. I was a harsh critic of the bill and drew significant national media attention to the effort by announcing on the House floor that the bill would create "open season" on the LGBTQ community. As a US Congressman, I will:
Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Equal work for equal pay; be ashamed of the wage gap

I just can't fathom what motivates some of the crazy policies that would keep women from earning equal work for equal pay. Our entire culture should be ashamed that a wage gap exists between men and women. But rather than working to reverse an obvious injustice, Republicans seem committed to antiquated ideas. In Congress, I will fight not only for Paycheck Fairness, but also to bring an end to the offensive ideology that allowed wage disparity to become an issue in the first place.
Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Doug Ducey: Solid conservative record on same sex marriage

State Treasurer Doug Ducey has picked up another conservative endorsement in the Arizona governor's race. The Concerned Woman Political Action Committee announced today it was backing Ducey in the crowded Republican primary to succeed term-limited Jan Brewer. "Doug Ducey has a solid record on issues that matter to conservatives," said Concerned Women's CEO. The Washington group opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage.
Source: Phoenix Business Journal on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race May 30, 2014

Fred DuVal: Criticized anti-gay legislation

DuVal said lawmakers earned between a D (for "disappointing") and F (for "failure") for recently completed legislative session. DuVal called for more dollars for education and child-welfare programs; said he was opposed to expanding programs that provide public dollars for private schools; criticized lawmakers for passing anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation; and promised to reverse Gov. Jan Brewer's push to deny driver's licenses and in-state tuition for DREAM Act kids.
Source: AZ Illustrated Politics on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race May 4, 2014

Fred DuVal: Equal pay for equal work, not $0.82 for women vs. $1 for men

Fred DuVal tweets: "In Arizona, a woman earns 82 cents for every $1 a man earns."

"Retweet if you think women deserve #EqualPay for equal work."

Source: 2014 Arizona campaign Twitter feed on governor's race Apr 8, 2014

Jan Brewer: Arnold v. Sarn deal: mentally ill participate in society

As governor, I insisted that we properly fund and fundamentally reform behavioral health into a holistic, community-based system. With good faith negotiations in the Arnold v. Sarn litigation, this goal was accomplished. This win-win solution allows the seriously mentally ill to participate in society in a more meaningful way, and to receive the services and care they require and deserve. We also introduced metrics to evaluate the system and hold it accountable.

As a result of these historic reforms, I was proud to announce last week an agreement--subject to final court approval--that will end the Arnold v. Sarn litigation, while reaffirming Arizona's commitment to a community-based behavioral health care system.

Now, let me be clear: While this watershed agreement ends more than 30 years of litigation, it is structured so that if a future Governor or Legislature fails to live up to its terms, plaintiffs will be able to reopen the case. This should NEVER happen!

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Arizona legislature Jan 13, 2014

Janet Napolitano: Not gay; just a straight, single workaholic

Napolitano, who has never been married or had children, has long been the subject of a whisper campaign about her sexuality, including some dirty campaign tricks in 2002 when 'vote gay' fliers were posted next to her campaign signs. She is not gay, she has said, 'just a straight, single workaholic.'
Source: The Arizona Republic Sep 24, 2009

Kyrsten Sinema: Include gender identity in anti-discrimination laws

Q: Should Arizona recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: Yes.

Source: Arizona 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Kyrsten Sinema: Apply Affirmative Action to all state decisions

Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies? decisions on public employment?

A: Yes.

Q: State college and university admissions?

A: Yes.

Q: State contracting?

A: Yes.

Source: Arizona 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Janet Napolitano: Marriage is 1-man-1-woman, but oppose Prop.107 defining it

Arizona voters will be asked to decide on Proposition 107, known as Protect Marriage Arizona. On its surface, the initiative is about gay marriage. Though same-sex marriage is illegal in Arizona, if the proposition passes, an article on marriage would be added to the state Constitution that could be changed only by another constitutional amendment.

What it says: "To preserve and protect marriage in this state, only a union between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage by this state or its political subdivisions and no legal status for unmarried persons shall be created or recognized by this state or its political subdivisions that is similar to that of marriage."

Gov. Napolitano believes marriage is between one man and one woman, but she opposes Proposition 107. Napolitano, who has never been married or had children, has long been the subject of a whisper campaign about her sexuality. She is not gay, she has said, "just a straight, single workaholic."

Source: Amanda J. Crawford in The Arizona Republic Sep 24, 2006

George W. Bush: Help minority business by unbundling government contracts

Q: Do you see a need for affirmative action programs, or have we moved far enough along that we no longer need to use race and gender as a factor?

KERRY: Regrettably, we have not moved far enough along. And I regret to say that this administration has even blocked steps that could help us move further along. On the Small Business Committee, we have a goal for minority set-aside programs. [The Bush Administration] doesn’t reach those goals. They don’t even fight to reach those goals. They’ve tried to undo them. The fact is that in too many parts of our country, we still have discrimination.

BUSH: Like my opponent, I don’t agree we ought to have quotas. I agree, we shouldn’t have quotas. I believe the best way to help our small businesses is to unbundle government contracts so people have a chance to be able to bid and receive a contract to help get their business going. Minority ownership of businesses are up, because we created an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to be strong.

Source: [Xref Kerry] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Help minority business by small business set-aside programs

Q: Do you see a need for affirmative action programs, or have we moved far enough along that we no longer need to use race and gender as a factor?

KERRY: Regrettably, we have not moved far enough along. And I regret to say that this administration has even blocked steps that could help us move further along. On the Small Business Committee, we have a goal for minority set-aside programs. [The Bush Administration] doesn’t reach those goals. They don’t even fight to reach those goals. They’ve tried to undo them. The fact is that in too many parts of our country, we still have discrimination.

BUSH: Like my opponent, I don’t agree we ought to have quotas. I agree, we shouldn’t have quotas. I believe the best way to help our small businesses is to unbundle government contracts so people have a chance to be able to bid and receive a contract to help get their business going. Minority ownership of businesses are up, because we created an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to be strong.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

Gabby Giffords: Civil unions ok; marriage definition not ok

Q: Should Arizona include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arizona recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arizona restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

A: No.

Source: 2000 Arizona State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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