State of Kansas Archives: on Civil Rights


Catherine Hanaway: Support SJR39: Religious liberty trumps gay marriage

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. His three rivals for the GOP nomination--Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner--have all come out in support.

Opponents of the proposal say its passage could cost Missouri jobs as businesses and other organizations already are hinting of boycotts. Proponents of the measure say the state Constitution already protects members of the clergy from perming ceremonies that oppose their religious beliefs.

SJR 39 is backed by conservatives because they say it safeguards those who oppose gay marriage. Many Democrats oppose it precisely because they view the measure as a legal permit to discriminate against same-sex couples. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race Apr 19, 2016

Chris Koster: Oppose SJR39: gay discrimination isn't religious liberty

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. His three rivals for the GOP nomination--Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner--have all come out in support.

Opponents of the proposal say its passage could cost Missouri jobs as businesses and other organizations already are hinting of boycotts. Proponents of the measure say the state Constitution already protects members of the clergy from perming ceremonies that oppose their religious beliefs.

SJR 39 is backed by conservatives because they say it safeguards those who oppose gay marriage. Many Democrats oppose it precisely because they view the measure as a legal permit to discriminate against same-sex couples. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race Apr 19, 2016

Eric Greitens: Anti-gay "religious liberty" amendment threatens jobs

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. Greitens came out against the controversial constitutional amendment that would legally shield people from selling services to same-sex couples. The state Senate has approved the proposal, and the Republican-led House is now considering it.

"I don't believe this legislation is the right approach," Greitens said in a statement. "I oppose SJR 39 because I believe that while it is well-intentioned, it could unintentionally threaten our economy and job creation. Here in Missouri, we are already 47th in job growth and 42nd in wage growth. We simply cannot afford more policies from Jeff City that have the potential to kill jobs."

His three rivals for the GOP nomination -- Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner -- have all come out in support. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race Apr 19, 2016

John Brunner: Let clergy choose to decline to perform gay marriages

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. His three rivals for the GOP nomination--Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner--have all come out in support.

Opponents of the proposal say its passage could cost Missouri jobs as businesses and other organizations already are hinting of boycotts. Proponents of the measure say the state Constitution already protects members of the clergy from perming ceremonies that oppose their religious beliefs.

SJR 39 is backed by conservatives because they say it safeguards those who oppose gay marriage. Many Democrats oppose it precisely because they view the measure as a legal permit to discriminate against same-sex couples. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race Apr 19, 2016

Conner Eldridge: Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Conner Eldridge criticized Senator John Boozman on voting against the Violence Against Women Act and its reauthorization. Today marks three years since the Violence Against Women Act was last reauthorized by Congress in 2013.

Conner Eldridge says, "Today marks three years since Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)--landmark legislation that is helping Arkansas fight the scourge of violence against women, particularly domestic violence. As a prosecutor, I've seen VAWA make a difference in the lives of women and girls by ensuring an aggressive response to domestic violence and human trafficking, providing assistance to victims, and working to enhance efforts to prevent and prosecute these horrible crimes. Senator John Boozman voted not once, but twice against the Violence Against Women Act, ignoring the voices and values of Arkansans."

Source: 2016 AR Senate campaign website ConnerForArkansas.com Mar 7, 2016

Curtis Coleman: Protect right to free practice of our faith

1st Amendment and Religious Liberty: I believe in protecting ALL of the rights outlined in the 1st Amendment, including the right to free practice of our faith.

10th Amendment and Federalism: I believe the principles of the 10th Amendment must be restored--any power not granted to the Federal Government is a power reserved for the States or the People.

Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 11, 2015

Conner Eldridge: OpEd: Dems embrace same-sex marriage; Eldridge is reluctant

Eldridge is not going to run as a real Democrat, but as the same old tired and failed finesser.
Source: Democrat-Gazette on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Sep 15, 2015

Chris Koster: Judges can allow same-sex marriage despite voter amendment

Koster was first out of the gate with his decision not to challenge the ruling of Jackson County Judge Dale Youngs, who said the state must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed in other states. Republican leaders quickly called on Koster to defend the state constitution, which voters amended in 2004 to ban same-sex marriages with 71% support.

Koster cited legal reasons to not weigh in. But conservatives smelled politics. They pointed to statements Koster made in June when he announced that he backs same-sex marriage. But he also acknowledged his obligation to "defend the laws of the state of Missouri," including its gay marriage ban, no matter what.

Koster's apparent pivot this month could be the result of the increasing pressure he's under from leaders of his own party.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Oct 17, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Hutchinson: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign Sep 28, 2014

Greg Orman: Government should not prohibit same-sex marriage

Roberts supports a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Orman says the government should not prohibit same-sex marriage.
Source: The Kansas City Star on 2014 Kansas Senate race Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Opposes affirmative action

Q: Do you support or oppose requiring hiring more women & minorities?

A: Strongly Oppose.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Randall Batson: Indifferent to same-sex marriage

Q: Do you support or oppose same-sex marriage?

A: Indifferent.

Source: E-mail interview on Kansas 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 19, 2014

Chad Taylor: Advocate for equality, including equal pay for equal work

I was raised by a strong, smart woman; I married a strong, smart woman; I work with strong, smart women every day. I trust the women of Kansas to make the best decisions for their health. I recognize it's not my role as a male government official to make those choices for them.

I have long been an advocate for equality in our society and workplace, which is why I support measures such as equal pay for equal work. There is no excuse for a pay discrepancy based on gender. Period.

I will be an advocate for equality, supporting measures such as the Violence Against Women Act, which Senator Pat Roberts voted against. I will fight to ensure fairness under the law.

Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, TaylorForUSSenate.com Sep 1, 2014

Chad Taylor: Make bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional

While the Senate does not typically vote on the legality of marriage, the stage has been set for federal legal challenges over the next two years. Based on legal precedent, I would expect the Supreme Court to rule based on the Commerce Clause, wherein a contract in one state is valid in another, thus making bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.
Source: 2014 Kansas Senate campaign website, TaylorForUSSenate.com Sep 1, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: Marriage should be only one-man-one-woman

The gubernatorial candidates discussed the same-sex marriage movement, answering the question what good and not so good has come from it:

Hutchinson: Supports marriage between one man and one woman. Still unanswered questions from SCOTUS.

Gilbert: State has a right to stay out of the marriage business. I believe it should. If people wish to be married they should be.

Ross: Personally opposed to gay marriage but issue will be resolved by SCOTUS.

Source: Arkansas Matters blog on 2014 AR gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

Frank Gilbert: State should stay out of the marriage business

The gubernatorial candidates discussed the same-sex marriage movement, answering the question what good and not so good has come from it:

Hutchinson: Supports marriage between one man and one woman. Still unanswered questions from SCOTUS.

Gilbert: State has a right to stay out of the marriage business. I believe it should. If people wish to be married they should be.

Ross: Personally opposed to gay marriage but issue will be resolved by SCOTUS.

Source: Arkansas Matters blog on 2014 AR gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

Mike Ross: Personally opposes gay marriage, but abide by Supreme Court

The gubernatorial candidates discussed the same-sex marriage movement, answering the question what good and not so good has come from it:

Hutchinson: Supports marriage between one man and one woman. Still unanswered questions from SCOTUS.

Gilbert: State has a right to stay out of the marriage business. I believe it should. If people wish to be married they should be.

Ross: Personally opposed to gay marriage but issue will be resolved by SCOTUS.

Source: Arkansas Matters blog on 2014 AR gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

Milton Wolf: Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Wolf: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Kansas Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Charlie Hardy: Equal pay for equal work

As a former priest, I believe that government should not interfere in the personal relations between adults. Just as the uniqueness of each flower in a garden is recognized as beautiful, so should the uniqueness of each individual be accepted and treasured. Our campaign stands strong for full marriage equality for all, equal pay for equal work, and investments in social welfare, job creation, and education to ensure that all people have adequate opportunities in life.
Source: DemocracyForAmerica.com on 2014 Kansas Senate race May 2, 2014

Bruce Westerman: Opposes affirmative action

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

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arkansas allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support eliminating the state lottery?

A: Yes.

Source: Arkansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2011

Curtis Coleman: Marriage is the union of one man and one woman

I believe that marriage, as instituted and defined by God, is the union of one man and one woman. I will co-sponsor and support a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Source: Arkansas 2010 Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 1, 2010

Randall Batson: Civil unions ok; let churches decide on same-sex marriage

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

A: I think that religious institutions and companionships be able to regulate themselves. I don't think that the State nor the Federal Government be involved in any companionships between individuals. Beneficiaries and Spouse rights regarding insurance should be administered through the free market.

Q: Should Kansas allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?

A: Yes.

Source: Kansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Randall Batson: State use of affirmative action ok, but not private

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

A: Public affirmative action is necessary, however needs to have no recognition of race, creed, color, sex, veteran status, etc. Private industry [should] let the free market determine this.

Source: Kansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Defer to military decision on Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell

The candidates were asked whether they supported a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay troops. Lincoln, who was one of just two Democrats to join Republicans in a vote to block a recent repeal attempt, said the policy should be eliminated if that's what the military's top commanders recommend. "I think it is important to listen to the military, to ensure that the military confirms that there is going to be no detriment to troop strength, to morale, to efficiency and effectiveness of our troops," if the ban is lifted, Lincoln said.

Boozman said the policy should remain in place. "I think the current policy has worked well," he said. "We haven't had significant problems with it." This week, a federal judge in California issued an injunction that stops the military from enforcing the policy. An appeal is likely.

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

John Boozman: Keep Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell; the policy has worked well

The candidates were asked whether they supported a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay troops. Lincoln, who was one of just two Democrats to join Republicans in a vote to block a recent repeal attempt, said the policy should be eliminated if that's what the military's top commanders recommend. "I think it is important to listen to the military, to ensure that the military confirms that there is going to be no detriment to troop strength, to morale, to efficiency and effectiveness of our troops," if the ban is lifted, Lincoln said.

Boozman said the policy should remain in place. "I think the current policy has worked well," he said. "We haven't had significant problems with it." This week, a federal judge in California issued an injunction that stops the military from enforcing the policy. An appeal is likely.

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Chad Taylor: Successfully prosecuted 9-year-long rape case

A Third Judicial District jury this morning returned a guilty verdict against Justin Dan Elnicki, 32, Topeka, Kansas. The jury, after deliberating for a half day, found Mr. Elnicki guilty of one count of rape, a level one person felony.

"Today's verdict is a just result and should finally ensure that this violent predator will be removed from our community," said Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor. "I would like to thank the jury for their service and for ensuring that justice was served today. I would also like to personally thank the victim who over the past decade has repeatedly demonstrated a courage and fortitude few people possess."

The District Attorney's Office originally filed charges against Mr. Elnicki in 2001. Twice Mr. Elnicki's conviction was overturned and remanded to the trial court for a new trial. Elnicki will be sentenced on December 10, 2010 at 9:00 am by Judge Richard D. Anderson.

Source: D.A. office press release: 2014 Kansas Senate race Oct 6, 2010

Joe Bellis: No definition of marriage; but no gays in military

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?

A: No.

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Source: Kansas Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

Joe Bellis: End affirmative action, and most other, federal programs

Q: Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?

A: No. I would advocate returned to our constitutional mandate. This would involve elimination of most all federal programs. It is stupid for the federal government to take money from the citizens only to return money to the states to carry out federally mandated programs.

Source: Kansas Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 25, 2010

Lisa Johnston: Embracing diversity strengthens us as a nation

Our country was founded on the principles of individual liberty and freedom: every person was entitled to freedom of belief and freedom of choice.

I firmly believe in this vision. No American should be persecuted because of who they are or what they believe. What promotes the liberty and happiness of one person can be very different from what allows another person to feel happy and fulfilled. Embracing diversity strengthens us as a nation and fulfills the vision of our founding fathers.

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, lisaforkansas.com, "Issues" Aug 12, 2010

Mark Parkinson: Embrace diversity rather than rejecting new citizens

We will be more diverse. Our Hispanic and Asian populations will grow, and rather than reject our new citizens, as some states have done, we will embrace them as Kansans. More than ever, they will be an important part of the Kansas story.
Source: Kansas 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Bruce Westerman: No civil unions; no same-sex marriage

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

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arkansas allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Oppose amending the federal constitution to ban gay marriage

LINCOLN: “Domestic laws have always been dealt with by our states,” Lincoln said, noting that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and offers states the right to refuse to recognize them. “Amending the federal constitution ... should only be as a last resort,” Lincoln said.

HOLT: Holt said marriage is one of the fundamental pillars of society and he fears that a judge might rule Arkansas’ law unconstitutional. He also said he opposes activist judges, such as those who have ruled in favor of gay marriage. Without a federal amendment defining marriage, Holt said, “our country will fall.”

Source: AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

Jim Holt: Amend the federal constitution to ban gay marriage

LINCOLN: “Domestic laws have always been dealt with by our states,” Lincoln said, noting that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and offers states the right to refuse to recognize them. “Amending the federal constitution ... should only be as a last resort,” Lincoln said.

HOLT: Holt said marriage is one of the fundamental pillars of society and he fears that a judge might rule Arkansas’ law unconstitutional. He also said he opposes activist judges, such as those who have ruled in favor of gay marriage. Without a federal amendment defining marriage, Holt said, “our country will fall.”

Source: [Xref Lincoln] AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

George W. Bush: Education, housing, and hiring must be equal for all

While our schools are no longer segregated by law, they are still not equal in opportunity and excellence. Justice requires more than a place in a school. Justice requires that every school teach every child in America. The habits of racism in America have not all been broken. Laws against racial discrimination must be vigorously enforced in education and housing and hiring and public accommodations.
Source: William Douglas/Tom Fitzgerald; Kansas City Star May 17, 2004

Jean Carnahan: Advocated for Equal Rights Amendment

Jean Carnahan made speeches several days a week on her husband’s Senate campaign trail and worked on state legislation for better health care and education. She advocated the Equal Rights Amendment, gun control, & workplace child-care centers. “Democrats in Washington are struggling to save Social Security, to strengthen Medicare, to pay down the national debt, to provide a patient’s bill of rights and to give targeted tax cuts that don’t harm services to the neediest in our society,” she said.
Source: [X-ref Health Care] Kevin Murphy, The Kansas City Star Nov 4, 2000

John McCain: We don’t need laws against Spanish language & culture

Spanish was spoken in my state when it was carved from the wilderness. Spanish culture influenced the making of Arizona society. And Arizona society cannot sustain its character, absent that influence today. Yes, we all need to speak English well if we are to succeed in this country. But no one should have to abandon the language of their birth to learn the language of their future. We don’t need laws that cause any American to believe we scorn their contributions to our culture.
Source: Landon Lecture at Kansas State University Mar 15, 1999

Howard Phillips: Censorship is dumbing down our children

[Those who] advocate. separating church from state are hypocrites unless they similarly insist upon the separation of education from state, because every government-subsidized and regulated school has become an establishment of the officially approved state religion, censoring prayer, subsidizing sex, denying creation, rewriting history, undermining parental authority, denigrating Biblical values, and dumbing down the children so that they may be no wiser than those who run our government.
Source: (X-ref Education) Kansas Education Watch Network Conference Aug 7, 1993

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