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Pat Quinn on Civil Rights
Democratic Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Pat Quinn on other issues.
  • Marriage equality is coming to Illinois. (Feb 2013)
  • Make IL the leading employer of people with disabilities. (Feb 2013)
  • Same rights for same-sex couples as heterosexual couples. (Nov 2010)

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IL 2014: 2014 IL Senate debate


Richard Durbin on Civil Rights
Democratic Sr Senator (IL): Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for Richard Durbin on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Include special-needs people in emergency evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Sharon Hansen on Civil Rights
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Sharon Hansen on other issues.
  • Government shouldn't redefine marriage. (Sep 2014)
  • Don't force hiring based on sex and race. (Dec 2013)
  • Homosexuals living as married is none of my business. (Dec 2013)
  • Any couple can marry in the eyes of God; forget licenses. (Dec 2013)
Mark Kirk on Civil Rights
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Government has no place in defining who you should love. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 47% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 75% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 53% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Jim Oberweis on Civil Rights
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Oberweis on other issues.
  • Voted no on state-level same-sex marriage. (Nov 2013)
Doug Truax on Civil Rights
Republican Senate Challenger (lost primary): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Doug Truax on other issues.
  • Uphold one-man, one-woman definition, but let states decide. (Oct 2013)

House:


Judy Biggert on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (IL-13): Click here for 20 full quotes OR click here for Judy Biggert on other issues.
  • Co-chairs Women’s Caucus “Economic Empowerment” Team. (Jul 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 53% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 75% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 42% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
  • Supported legislation on violence against women & safety. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding for women's and disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999)
Cheri Bustos on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Cheri Bustos on other issues.
  • Fight to ensure that women have equal opportunities. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • by The Feminist Majority indicating a pro-women's rights stance. (Aug 2012)
  • Supports same-sex marriage. (Sep 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
Danny Davis on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IL-7): Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for Danny Davis on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Require "Privacy Impact Statement" on new federal rules. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 93% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Feb 2013)
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Feb 2014)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Rodney Davis on Civil Rights
Republican (District 13): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rodney Davis on other issues.
  • No affirmative action. (Nov 1996)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Sep 2012)
Bob Dold on Civil Rights
Republican challenger (District 10): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bob Dold on other issues.
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
Tammy Duckworth on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 8): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Tammy Duckworth on other issues.
  • Equal pay for equal work. (Nov 2012)
  • Push for total equality for the LGBT community. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • by The Feminist Majority indicating a pro-women's rights stance. (Aug 2012)
Bill Enyart on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 12): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Bill Enyart on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Sep 2012)
Bill Foster on Civil Rights
Democrat: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bill Foster on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Opposes a DOMA amendment. (Oct 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Feb 2013)
Luis Gutierrez on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IL-4): Click here for 28 full quotes OR click here for Luis Gutierrez on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 80% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA. (May 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Feb 2014)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees. (May 2009)
  • Recognize the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. (May 2009)
  • Investigate deportation of Japanese during WWII. (Jan 2009)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Randy Hultgren on Civil Rights
Republican (District 14): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Randy Hultgren on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
Robin Kelly on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 2): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Robin Kelly on other issues.
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Feb 2014)
Adam Kinzinger on Civil Rights
Republican (District 16): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Adam Kinzinger on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Dan Lipinski on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IL-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Dan Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 40% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 89% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Mike Quigley on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Mike Quigley on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees. (May 2009)
  • Recognize the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. (May 2009)
Mel Reynolds on Civil Rights
Democratic candidate (District 2): Click here for Mel Reynolds on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Roskam on Civil Rights
Republican: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Peter Roskam on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
Bobby Rush on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IL-1): Click here for 25 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Rush on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 85% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 63% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Investigate mortgage discrimination in veterans & disabled. (Jan 2011)
  • Ratify CEDAW (Discrimination Against Women). (Jan 2011)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Feb 2014)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
  • Supported funding for women's and disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999)
Jan Schakowsky on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IL-9): Click here for 30 full quotes OR click here for Jan Schakowsky on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Require "Privacy Impact Statement" on new federal rules. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 93% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA. (May 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Recognize 1961 Freedom Riders against segregated buses. (Feb 2014)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees. (May 2009)
  • Recognize the 40th anniversary of Stonewall. (May 2009)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
  • Supported legislation on violence against women & safety. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding for women's and disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999)
Brad Schneider on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 10): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Brad Schneider on other issues.
  • Repeal DOMA; let any two people marry. (Nov 2012)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports same-sex marriage. (Sep 2012)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Apr 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
Aaron Schock on Civil Rights
Republican (District 18): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Aaron Schock on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Ensure disabled access to public pools. (Jan 2013)
John Shimkus on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (IL-19): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for John Shimkus on other issues.
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 25% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 31% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Joe Walsh on Civil Rights
Republican (District 8): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Marriage can only exist between one man and one woman. (Nov 2010)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rod Blagojevich on Civil Rights
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
Jerry Costello on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IL-12): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Costello on other issues.
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 47% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 25% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 86% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Jesse Louis Jackson on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IL-2): Click here for 24 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Louis Jackson on other issues.
  • Race is the central factor in all American history. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 93% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
  • Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees. (May 2009)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Timothy Johnson on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (IL-15): Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Timothy Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 20% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 50% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
Donald Manzullo on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (IL-16): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Donald Manzullo on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 27% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 28% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Bobby Schilling on Civil Rights
Republican challenger 2014 (District 17): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bobby Schilling on other issues.
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
George Ryan on Civil Rights
Former Republican Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for George Ryan on other issues.
  • Supports gay rights & some riverboat gambling. (Nov 1999)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
James Thompson on Civil Rights
Former Republican Governor (1977-1990): Click here for James Thompson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Philip Crane on Civil Rights
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Philip Crane on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
James Durkin on Civil Rights
2002 Former Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for James Durkin on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Harris Fawell on Civil Rights
Republican Former (1994-) (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Harris Fawell on other issues.
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Peter Fitzgerald on Civil Rights
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Peter Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Mike Flanagan on Civil Rights
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for Mike Flanagan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Denny Hastert on Civil Rights
Republican (Retired 2007) (District 14): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Denny Hastert on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 17% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Alan Keyes on Civil Rights
American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate: Click here for 35 full quotes OR click here for Alan Keyes on other issues.
  • Federal Marriage Amendment to define the natural family. (Aug 2008)
  • ‘Separation of church & state‘ misinterprets Constitution. (Oct 2007)
  • Gay marriage invalid because gay couples cannot reproduce. (Oct 2004)
  • The path to your freedom is standing firm for God’s will. (Feb 2004)
  • Protect religion from the state, but not vice versa. (Feb 2004)
  • Right to acknowledge God is the foundation of all our rights. (Feb 2004)
  • Public display of the Ten Commandments is a state’s right. (Oct 2003)
  • The belief that you can’t legislate morality is nonsensical. (Oct 2003)
  • We live under the tyranny of the federal judges. (Feb 2004)
  • Leaders must face racial bigotry, not ignore it. (Feb 2000)
  • Our rights come from God, not from the Constitution. (Jan 2000)
  • Ten Commandments & prayer should be in schools. (Jan 2000)
  • Conducting gov’t in Spanish assaults our linguistic unity. (Jan 2000)
  • No separation of church & state; fight uniform irreligion. (Jan 2000)

    Affirmative Action

  • We cannot cure a past injustice with another injustice. (Oct 2007)
  • Preferential affirmative action patronizes blacks & women. (Oct 2007)
  • Address Black community with solid Republican principles. (Sep 2007)
  • Preferential affirmative action is patronizing. (Aug 2004)
  • Preferential affirmative action is patronizing. (Jan 1999)
  • Black heritage comes from survival in America, not Africa. (May 1996)
  • Affirmative action turns back the clock. (Aug 1995)

    Gay Marriage

  • Wrong to treat sexual behavior like race. (Oct 2007)
  • Marriage exists for the sake of procreation. (Oct 2007)
  • Massachusetts gay marriage required judges legislating. (Oct 2007)
  • Defend the natural family against the gay lobby. (Sep 2007)
  • We need a constitutional amendment to stop gay marriage. (Sep 2007)
  • Marriage can’t be understood apart from procreation. (Oct 2004)
  • Gay sex is selfish hedonism. (Sep 2004)
  • Gay marriage destroys fundamental moral institutions. (Jul 2004)
  • HIV workshop violates parents who think gay is immoral. (Jul 2000)
  • Signed pledge to reinstitute ban on gays in military. (Jan 2000)
  • Oppose gay agenda in military & marriage laws. (Jan 2000)
  • Warns that Supreme Court has advanced gay marriage agenda. (May 1999)
  • “Hate crime” laws will be used to punish anti-gay opinions. (Oct 1998)
  • Gay rights aren’t like racial rights, because it’s behavior. (May 1996)
William Lipinski on Civil Rights
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for William Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 36% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Civil Rights
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Carol Moseley-Braun on other issues.
  • Have to have an honest conversation about race-Dean is right. (Jan 2004)
  • Need to reform immigration policy to welcome them. (Jan 2004)
  • Continue to fight for gay rights. (Nov 2003)
  • Get past the racist strategy that Republican foisted upon. (Nov 2003)
  • Empowerment of women is not a zero-sum game. (Oct 2003)
  • Publicize women’s military rapes, even if unpopular. (Sep 2003)
  • “Sticky floor” pay gap for women still persists. (Sep 2003)
  • Patriot Act must be allowed to expire. (Jun 2003)
  • GLBT right to privacy includes consensual gay sex. (May 2003)
  • PATRIOT Act violates liberty & won’t yield safety. (May 2003)
  • PATRIOT Act violates six Constitutional amendments. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
Barack Obama on Civil Rights
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008): Click here for 72 full quotes OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Constitution stained by nation's original sin of slavery. (Nov 2010)
  • 2008 speech on race expedited by Rev. Wright fiasco. (Jan 2010)
  • Balance isolation & engagement for international rights. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Not the seed of civil rights, but the flower. (Aug 2008)
  • Admired repeated acts of "self-creation" by Malcolm X. (Aug 2008)
  • Has stood together with Latino leaders for last 20 years. (Jun 2008)
  • People want to move beyond our divisions. (Jan 2008)
  • 2004 DNC speech merged “heritage” with “diversity”. (Dec 2007)
  • The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties. (Oct 2007)
  • 1980s boss predicted Obama would be heir to MLK’s voice. (Aug 2007)
  • Racial equality good for America as a whole. (Jun 2007)
  • Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house. (Apr 2007)
  • Muslim heritage gives Obama unique influence in Muslim world. (Oct 2006)
  • No black or white America--just United States of America. (Oct 2006)
  • Forthright on racial issues and on his civil rights history. (Jul 2004)
  • Defend freedom and equality under law. (May 2004)
  • Politicians: don’t use religion to insulate from criticism. (Apr 2004)
  • Miscegenation a felony in 1960 when Obamas practiced it. (Aug 1996)
  • The civil rights movement was a success. (Aug 1996)

    Affirmative Action

  • FactCheck: Gender wage gap is $0.19, not $0.23. (Jan 2014)
  • Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. (Feb 2013)
  • I benefited from affirmative action in my academic career. (Oct 2011)
  • Many black disparities can be traced to legacy of Jim Crow. (Jan 2009)
  • Keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work. (Aug 2008)
  • Past discrimination affects future generations. (Jul 2008)
  • Apply affirmative action to poor white college applicants. (Apr 2008)
  • Community organizing continues the civil rights movement. (Apr 2008)
  • Legalized discrimination meant blacks could not amass wealth. (Mar 2008)
  • Fight job discrimination to give women equal footing at jobs. (Feb 2008)
  • Remove discriminatory barriers to the right to vote. (Feb 2008)
  • Benefited from affirmative action but overcame via merit. (Dec 2007)
  • Include class-based affirmative action with race-based. (Oct 2007)
  • Better enforce women’s pay equity via Equal Pay Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Blacks should infiltrate mainstream to affect change. (Aug 2007)
  • Commitment to diversity by CEOs is advisable. (Mar 2007)
  • African-Americans vote Democratic because of issue stances. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports affirmative action in colleges and government. (Jul 1998)

    Gay Rights

  • Journey not complete until gays treated like anyone else. (Jan 2013)
  • Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. (May 2012)
  • No federal laws should hinder state-based same-sex marriage. (May 2012)
  • Opposes CA Prop. 8, one-man-one-woman marriage. (Jul 2008)
  • Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable. (Feb 2008)
  • Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. (Nov 2007)
  • Decisions about marriage should be left to the states. (Oct 2007)
  • Homosexuality no more immoral than heterosexuality. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to expose 6-year-olds to gay couples; they know already. (Sep 2007)
  • Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands? (Aug 2007)
  • We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions. (Aug 2007)
  • Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church. (Aug 2007)
  • Disentangle gay rights from the word “marriage”. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay rights movement is somewhat like civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage. (Jul 2007)
  • Pass ENDA and expand hate crime legislation. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposed 1996 Illinois DOMA bill. (Mar 2007)
  • Supports health benefits for gay civil partners. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality. (Oct 2006)
  • Marriage not a human right; non-discrimination is. (Oct 2004)
  • Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry. (Oct 2004)
  • Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
Jack Ryan on Civil Rights
Former Republican Senate challenger (2004): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jack Ryan on other issues.
  • Supports DOMA to counter the breakdown of the family unions. (Jun 2004)
  • Opposes same-sex marriages and opposes civil unions. (Jun 2004)
Paul Simon on Civil Rights
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1997): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Paul Simon on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
Melissa Bean on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IL-8): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Melissa Bean on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 75% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 83% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Roland Burris on Civil Rights
Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Roland Burris on other issues.
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Cardiss Collins on Civil Rights
Democrat (1973-1996) (District 7): Click here for Cardiss Collins on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kathy Cummings on Civil Rights
Green Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Kathy Cummings on other issues.
  • Supports affirmative action. (Aug 2008)
  • Sexual orientation should be protected by civil rights law. (Aug 2008)
Rahm Emanuel on Civil Rights
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee: Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 94% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Lane Evans on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Lane Evans on other issues.
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 86% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
Thomas Ewing on Civil Rights
Republican (District 15): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ewing on other issues.
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Alexi Giannoulias on Civil Rights
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Alexi Giannoulias on other issues.
  • Repeal DOMA; make all civil marriages equal. (Dec 2009)
  • Narrow the pay disparity for women. (Dec 2009)
  • Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Debbie Halvorson on Civil Rights
Democrat (until 2010) (District 11): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Debbie Halvorson on other issues.
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Phil Hare on Civil Rights
Democrat: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Phil Hare on other issues.
  • No constitutional definition of marriage. (Nov 2006)
  • Continue affirmative action. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Henry Hyde on Civil Rights
Republican (District 6): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Henry Hyde on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Mark Kirk on Civil Rights
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Government has no place in defining who you should love. (Apr 2013)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 47% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 75% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 53% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Ray LaHood on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (IL-18): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Ray LaHood on other issues.
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 25% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 39% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
David Phelps on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for David Phelps on other issues.
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
John Porter on Civil Rights
Republican (retired) (District 10): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for John Porter on other issues.
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Glenn Poshard on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 19): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Glenn Poshard on other issues.
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
Steven Sauerberg on Civil Rights
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Steven Sauerberg on other issues.
  • All legal immigrants must learn to read & write English. (May 2008)
  • Hired Log Cabin Republicans as press secretary. (Mar 2008)
Larry Stafford on Civil Rights
Libertarian challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Larry Stafford on other issues.
  • No government favors; 100% free market. (Mar 2008)
  • No discrimination based on orientation, including marriage. (Mar 2008)
Jerry Weller on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (IL-11): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Weller on other issues.
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 25% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 28% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
Sidney Yates on Civil Rights
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 9): Click here for Sidney Yates on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Blagojevich on Civil Rights
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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