Robert Bentley on Civil Rights
Ever mindful of our turbulent past 50 years ago
Fifty years ago, Alabama stood poised on center stage as a series of historical events unfolded around us. Many in this room would bear witness to events that changed history.
By year's end, Alabama would see many peaceful protestors jailed for daring
to advocate equal treatment for all people. The University of Alabama would enroll its first African-American students. Four little girls killed inside their place of worship during Sunday School. The rising up of thousands who marched to this building
knowing they were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. That was 50 years ago.
Today, we are ever-mindful of our turbulent past while we eagerly look forward to a new chapter in our state's history. Alabama IS our Sweet Home.
And we want it to be a place where economic opportunity abounds and there are good-paying jobs, where children can get a good education, where counties and cities can build roads to compete for businesses and industries.
Source: 2013 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature
, Feb 5, 2013
No gay marriages; no civil unions
I will ensure that Alabama does not follow the trend of allowing gay marriages or civil unions, and I will protect our state's right to define marriage as between one man and one woman. I support the Defense of Marriage Act, affirming the right of states
not to recognize same-sex marriages licensed in other states. Alabamians should work together to protect traditional marriage. The two-parent family provides the best environment of stability, discipline, responsibility, and character.
Source: Campaign website, robertbentley2010.com, "The Issues"
, Nov 2, 2010
Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to hate crime criteria
Rep. Bentley voted NAY on bill HB829:Excerpts from Legislative Synopsis:
- : Under existing law, additional penalties are imposed against a person if the offense committed is motivated by the victim's race, color, religion,
national origin, ethnicity, or physical or mental disability.
- This bill would provide for those additional penalties for a crime motivated by the victim's sexual orientation.Status: Passed House, 46-44.
Source: Alabama state legislature voting records: Bill HB829
, May 6, 2008
End affirmative action for colleges & state contracts
Bentley indicates he supports the following principles concerning affirmative action:
Source: Alabama 1998 National Political Awareness Test
, Nov 1, 1998
Q: College and university admissions ?
- Q: Public employment ?
- Q: State contracting ?
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