State of Kansas Archives: on Civil Rights


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

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

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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