State of California Archives: on Civil Rights


Duf Sundheim: Supports same-sex marriage

Republicans are poised to field a pro-abortion, same-sex marriage-supporting Senate candidate, testing the theory that they might be relevant if only they'd concede defeat on social issues. Duf Sundheim, a self-described `balding 60 year-old white guy,` says, `For a lot of people, [abortion and gay marriage] are gating issues; it sends a broader message about whether you're inclusive, whether you're a good listener, whether you're able to identify with people and you're able to share their concerns.`
Source: Washington Examiner on 2016 California Senate race Jun 4, 2015

Loretta Sanchez: Met with Indian American group leaders upon entering race

Two days after entering the race for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) met with an Indian American group on Saturday and mimicked a racial stereotype of American Indians. Said Sanchez: "I am going to his office, thinking that I am going to meet with a," she said, holding her hand in front of her mouth and making an echo sound. "Right? . because he said Indian American."

Responded primary rival Kamala Harris: "I don't know what to say to that."

Source: Sacramento Bee coverage of 2015 California Senate race May 17, 2015

Rocky Chavez: Moderate who supports gay marriage

Chavez, 63, is a retired Marine Corps colonel and former Oceanside councilman. He has won a reputation as a moderate, speaking up in support of immigration, gay marriage and the science of climate change.
Source: LA Weekly on 2016 California Senate race Mar 5, 2015

Ted Lieu: Overturn the federal ban on same-sex marriage

Ted Lieu's social justice priorities:
Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com Oct 10, 2014

Ted Lieu: Strengthen equal pay laws & diversity

Source: 2014 California House campaign website, TedLieu.com Oct 10, 2014

Steve Knight: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman

Q: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman? No government has the authority to alter this definition?

Knight: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 California House race Sep 30, 2014

Norma Torres: Recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

Source: Vote Smart synopses: 2014 California state voting records Sep 9, 2014

Neel Kashkari: Supports gay marriage

Kashkari is fiscally conservative, but supports abortion rights and gay marriage. He owns a gun, but he's in favor of requiring background checks before all firearms sales. In the coming weeks, Kashkari's favorability among the state's Republican and independent voters will be tested. Kashkari is a multimillionaire, but he said he does not have enough personal wealth to self-fund a campaign like GOP gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman did in 2010.
Source: Mercury News on 2014 California Gubernatorial race Jan 21, 2014

Antonio Villaraigosa: LA's diversity program is "absolutely insufficient"

More than a decade after Los Angeles started trying to sidestep California's affirmative action ban, firms owned by white men won 92 percent of the $2.1 billion in contracts awarded by the city, though they're just 14 percent of the population.

A diversity program in place since 2001 has had little impact because it's rarely enforced, according to critics and city officials. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, elected in 2005, has called it "absolutely insufficient." A compliance scorecard for 2012 detailed how the second-most populous U.S. city fell short of its own goals for bringing female and minority contractors to 22 percent.

The struggle to shake up the status quo in Los Angeles--which has the second-highest share of minority residents of the 10 largest cities, at about 71%--underscores the power of prohibitions against preferences for women and traditional minority groups.

Source: Business Week on 2014 California governor's race May 9, 2013

Tom Del Beccaro: Keep Proposition 8; but open to debate on gay marriage

[Repeal of Proposition 8: Supporters of same-sex marriage rights in California launched a petition drive in 2011 to qualify a repeal measure for the state's 2012 ballot.] As the legal debate over Proposition 8 comes to a head in the nation's high court, Del Beccaro predicted that gay marriage will continue to be a `difficult issue for a lot of Republicans` for years to come.

Dozens of prominent Republicans recently signed a brief urging the US Supreme Court to declare Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Del Beccaro, who supports Proposition 8, acknowledged that public opinion on gay marriage is shifting--with support in California inching over 60%--but said he expects GOP candidates to continue to hold different views on the issue. He said, however, he doesn't `think that issue alone defines the party by any stretch.` He concluded, `I think you're going to find that the Republican Party is going to have members on all sides of this issue; it's going to be debated for years to come.`

Source: Sacramento Bee on 2016 California Senate race Mar 2, 2013

Jerry Brown: Prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Passed Senate, 23-13-4; passed Assembly 52 -22-6; Approved by the Governor 9/30/2012.

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 1172 Sep 30, 2012

Mark DeSaulnier: Prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Passed Senate, 23-13-4; passed Assembly 52 -22-6; Approved by the Governor 9/30/2012 (DeSaulnier voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 1172 Aug 30, 2012

Mimi Walters: Voted NO on prohibiting sexual orientation repair therapy

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Passed Senate, 23-13-4; passed Assembly 52 -22-6; Approved by the Governor 9/30/2012 (Mimi Walters voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 1172 Aug 30, 2012

Norma Torres: Prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Passed Senate, 23-13-4; passed Assembly 52 -22-6; Approved by the Governor 9/30/2012 (Norma Torres voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 1172 Aug 30, 2012

Ted Lieu: Prohibit sexual orientation conversion therapy

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Passed Senate, 23-13-4; passed Assembly 52 -22-6; Approved by the Governor 9/30/2012 (Ted Lieu voted YEA).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 1172 Aug 30, 2012

Steve Knight: Voted NO on prohibiting sexual orientation repair therapy

Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:

Status:Passed Senate, 23-13-4; passed Assembly 52 -22-6; Approved by the Governor 9/30/2012 (Steve Knight voted NAY).

Source: California legislative voting records: SB 1172 Aug 28, 2012

Julia Brownley: Supports affirmative action

Q: Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Julia Brownley: Supports same-sex domestic partnerships & marriage

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: No.

Q: Should California allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in California's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in California's anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Source: California Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Oct 30, 2010

Carly Fiorina: Proud conservative vote for Proposition 8

"I will not run away from [conservative] values," Ms. Fiorina says, noting that she has signed the Americans for Tax Reform pledge against higher taxes and voted for Proposition 8 last year, which banned same-sex marriage in the state. On abortion, Ms. Fiorina says she is "proudly pro-life" and a strong opponent of taxpayer funding of abortions.

But her views also carry some nuance. She notes she created a strong program of domestic partner benefits while at HP.

Source: Wall Street Journal, "Reboot California" Nov 30, 2009

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Keep gambling commission independent of tribes

Governor Davisí recent announcement offering the lead role in selecting two of the five members of the California Gambling Control Commission to the very gaming tribes the commission is in charge of regulating is unfortunate and misguided. It puts both the commission and the gaming tribes in a very bad position, creating potential questions of conflict and undermining the vital credibility of the commission itself.

The California Gambling Control Commission should be completely independent of any perceived control of the very interests it is supposed to regulate. This is yet another example of Davis putting his own political interest ahead of the public interest. I oppose this decision and I call upon Governor Davis to immediately reconsider and reverse it.

Source: Statement on California Gambling Control Commission Aug 30, 2003

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