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Nikki Haley on Civil Rights
Republican Governor: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Nikki Haley on other issues.
  • Accused of lack of diversity in gubernatorial cabinet. (Apr 2012)
  • Minority & women groups are just special interest groups. (Apr 2012)
  • Marriage is between one man and one woman. (Jun 2010)

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Lee Bright on Civil Rights
Republican Challenger: Click here for Lee Bright on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Jim DeMint on Civil Rights
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (SC-4): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Jim DeMint on other issues.
  • Redefining marriage disallows freedom to live out our faith. (Sep 2012)
  • Gay marriage considered immoral by all the world's religions. (Jan 2012)
  • Apologizes for gay teachers “distracting from the debate”. (Oct 2004)
  • Ban openly gay teachers from public schools. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 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)
  • Rated 7% 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 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Joyce Dickerson on Civil Rights
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Joyce Dickerson on other issues.
  • All South Carolinians should honor MLK Day. (May 2014)
Lindsey Graham on Civil Rights
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • 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 0% 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 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
Brad Hutto on Civil Rights
Democratic Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Brad Hutto on other issues.
  • Liberty to share love and life is an inherent right. (Jun 2014)
Nancy Mace on Civil Rights
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Nancy Mace on other issues.
  • First woman to graduate from The Citadel. (Jul 2013)
Thomas Ravenel on Civil Rights
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ravenel on other issues.
  • Stay out of marriage, but if not, treat gays equally. (Jul 2014)
  • Government should stay out of our bedrooms &our boardrooms. (May 2014)
Tim Scott on Civil Rights
Republican Senator-Appointee: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tim Scott on other issues.
  • Sanctity of traditional marriage: one man one woman. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
Jay Stamper on Civil Rights
Republican Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jay Stamper on other issues.
  • Asked by Party to exit race after supporting gay marriage. (Nov 2013)
  • Backs marriage equality: it is a civil rights issue. (Oct 2013)
Rick Wade on Civil Rights
Democratic Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Rick Wade on other issues.
  • First all-black U.S. Senate race in recent memory. (Dec 2013)

House:


James Clyburn on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (SC-6): Click here for 23 full quotes OR click here for James Clyburn 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 YES 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)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 71% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 50% 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)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Aug 2012)
  • 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)
  • Give domestic partnership benefits to Federal employees. (May 2009)
  • Honor the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. (Jan 2009)
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 1): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Elizabeth Colbert-Busch on other issues.
  • Our diversity is one of our great strengths. (Apr 2013)
Jeff Duncan on Civil Rights
Republican (District 3): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jeff Duncan on other issues.
  • Define marriage as between one man and one woman. (Nov 2010)
  • 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)
Trey Gowdy on Civil Rights
Republican (District 4): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Trey Gowdy on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Ensure disabled access to public pools. (Jan 2013)
Mick Mulvaney on Civil Rights
Republican (District 5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mick Mulvaney on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
  • Sponsored ensuring disabled access to public pools. (Jan 2013)
Tom Rice on Civil Rights
Republican (District 7): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tom Rice on other issues.
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • State definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Jan 2014)
Mark Sanford on Civil Rights
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mark Sanford on other issues.
  • No civil unions; define one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • Affirmative action in state contracts, but not colleges. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
Tim Scott on Civil Rights
Republican (Appointed Senator) (District 1): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tim Scott on other issues.
  • Sanctity of traditional marriage: one man one woman. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
Joe Wilson on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (SC-2): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for Joe Wilson on other issues.
  • Apologized for shouting "You lie!" at Obama speech. (Oct 2011)
  • Voted NO 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)
  • Rated 17% 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 22% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure disabled access to public pools. (Jan 2013)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Mark Sanford on Civil Rights
Republican SC Governor; previously Representative (SC-1): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Mark Sanford on other issues.
  • No civil unions; define one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • Affirmative action in state contracts, but not colleges. (Nov 2002)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech. (Sep 2013)
Jim Hodges on Civil Rights
Former Democratic Governor (1999-2002): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jim Hodges on other issues.
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
David Beasley on Civil Rights
2004 former Republican challenger; former Governor: Click here for David Beasley on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Fritz Hollings on Civil Rights
Former Democratic Sr Senator; retired 2004: Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Fritz Hollings on other issues.
  • 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 NO 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 YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Bob Inglis on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (SC-4, retook seat in 2004): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Bob Inglis on other issues.
  • Oppose civil unions and gay marriage. (Nov 2004)
  • 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 ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 36% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (Dec 2006)
Alex Sanders on Civil Rights
2002 Democratic Candidate (SC): Click here for Alex Sanders on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Inez Tenenbaum on Civil Rights
2004 former Democratic challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Inez Tenenbaum on other issues.
  • DeMint apologized for debating gays; must apologize to gays. (Oct 2004)
  • Openly gay public school teachers ok. (Oct 2004)
  • Expand opportunities for African Americans. (Oct 2004)
  • Supports Gay Marriage Amendment. (Feb 2004)
Strom Thurmond on Civil Rights
Former Republican Senator: Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for Strom Thurmond on other issues.
  • 22-hour filibuster against 1957 Civil Rights Act. (Jan 1965)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted YES on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted YES on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
Gresham Barrett on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (SC-3): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Gresham Barrett 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)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 17% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
Henry Brown on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (SC-1): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Henry Brown 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)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 13% 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 22% 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)
Michael Cone on Civil Rights
Democratic Challenger: Click here for Michael Cone on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Bob Conley on Civil Rights
Democratic Senate challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Bob Conley on other issues.
  • Strengthen our families. (Jul 2008)
  • Anti-gay marriage Democratic conservative. (Jun 2008)
  • Traditional Catholic positions on gay marriage. (Jun 2008)
Jim DeMint on Civil Rights
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (SC-4): Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Jim DeMint on other issues.
  • Redefining marriage disallows freedom to live out our faith. (Sep 2012)
  • Gay marriage considered immoral by all the world's religions. (Jan 2012)
  • Apologizes for gay teachers “distracting from the debate”. (Oct 2004)
  • Ban openly gay teachers from public schools. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 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)
  • Rated 7% 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 7% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Alvin Greene on Civil Rights
2010 Democratic Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Alvin Greene on other issues.
  • End affirmative action programs. (Oct 2010)
  • Marriage for one-man-one-woman; no gays in military. (Oct 2010)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Mark McBride on Civil Rights
Independent Senate challenger: Click here for Mark McBride on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Mullins McLeod on Civil Rights
2010 Democratic challenger: Click here for Mullins McLeod on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Floyd Spence on Civil Rights
Republican (District 2): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Floyd Spence on other issues.
  • 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)
John Spratt on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (SC-5): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for John Spratt on other issues.
  • Voted YES 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 NO 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)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 50% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 25% 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)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Lindsey Graham on Civil Rights
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • 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 0% 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 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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