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Mike Johanns on Civil Rights

Secretary of Agriculture; previously Republican NE Governor


Define marriage as between a man and a woman

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?

A: No.

Q: Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?

A: Yes.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Jun 3, 2008

No affirmative action

Q: Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?

A: No.

Q: Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?

A: No.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test , Jun 3, 2008

Nebraska values include traditional marriage

Government has strayed too far from the conservative values we hold dear in Nebraska. It’s about important priorities like protecting life and traditional marriage, values I hold very deeply. It is also about ending the partisan hostility and political gamesmanship that is holding the people’s business hostage. As I did as Governor, I will work tirelessly to promote our conservative values by bringing people together to focus on the priorities that will make our state and nation stronger.
Source: 2008 Senate campaign website, mikejohanns2008.com, “Issues” , Mar 2, 2008

Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment.

Johanns adopted the National Governors Association policy:

In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.

The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy EC-14: Equal Rights Policy 01-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2001

Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration.

Johanns signed Constitutional Amendment on the flag

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States authorizing the Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission by the Congress:

Article--'The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.'

Source: SJR.15&HJR.47 2009-SJR15 on May 6, 2009

Other governors on Civil Rights: Mike Johanns on other issues:
NE Gubernatorial:
Dave Heineman
NE Senatorial:
Ben Nelson

Newly seated 2010:
NJ Chris Christie
VA Bob McDonnell

Term-limited as of Jan. 2011:
AL Bob Riley
CA Arnold Schwarzenegger
GA Sonny Perdue
HI Linda Lingle
ME John Baldacci
MI Jennifer Granholm
NM Bill Richardson
OK Brad Henry
OR Ted Kulongoski
PA Ed Rendell
RI Donald Carcieri
SC Mark Sanford
SD Mike Rounds
TN Phil Bredesen
WY Dave Freudenthal
Newly Elected Nov. 2010:
AL: Robert Bentley (R)
CA: Jerry Brown (D)
CO: John Hickenlooper (D)
CT: Dan Malloy (D)
FL: Rick Scott (R)
GA: Nathan Deal (R)
HI: Neil Abercrombie (D)
IA: Terry Branstad (R)
KS: Sam Brownback (R)
ME: Paul LePage (R)
MI: Rick Snyder (R)
MN: Mark Dayton (D)
ND: Jack Dalrymple (R)
NM: Susana Martinez (R)
NV: Brian Sandoval (R)
NY: Andrew Cuomo (D)
OH: John Kasich (R)
OK: Mary Fallin (R)
PA: Tom Corbett (R)
RI: Lincoln Chafee (I)
SC: Nikki Haley (R)
SD: Dennis Daugaard (R)
TN: Bill Haslam (R)
VT: Peter Shumlin (D)
WI: Scott Walker (R)
WY: Matt Mead (R)
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