Vivian Davis Figures on Civil Rights
Democratic Senate Challenger; member of State Senate
[One opponent] said he supports having extra punishment for a crime committed because of something the victim can't change, such as their race or a physical or mental defect, but he said sexual orientation should not be included. "Your sexual orientation is a choice, and that can be changed," he said.
"I'm not sure it's just a choice by the person," said Senator Vivian Davis Figures.
Voting for the bill were Senators Little, Ross, Smitherman, Sanders and Figures, all Democrats. Voting against it were Senators Mitchell and Bedford, both Democrats, and Byrne, a Republican.
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