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Scott Keller on Civil Rights


The term "minority" should never be needed

Q: Do you agree with "empowering women & minorities but no affirmative action"?

A: That is accurate; correct at least without completely redefining "affirmative action". Actual stances:

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 House race with , Apr 11, 2013

No same-sex adoption; don't condone homosexual behavior

Q: Do you "fully support same-sex domestic partnerships"?

A: I only support the right of "same-sex" adults to enter into a contract, including a domestic partnership. I do not support the gay/lesbian lifestyle at all. I'd like for people to just live their lives and not share their sexual world with the public. Primarily I say the government should be out of the picture.

Q: Do you agree with that "Marriage is a state and local issue"?

A: This one's accurate--as local as possible and as non-government as possible.

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 House race with , Apr 11, 2013

Other approach to hiring more women & minorities

Q: Your opinion on our VoteMatch statement, "Require hiring more women & minorities"?

A: Strongly oppose. I don't believe in government getting involved outside of providing grants. I'd prefer to help women and minorities start their own businesses or find new approaches, rather than enslave them to a job, but they should have better education and the same options as everyone else. Again, "other approach".

Source: VoteMatch interview on 2014 House race with , Apr 10, 2013

Favors same-sex domestic partnership benefits

Q: Your opinion on our VoteMatch statement, "Same-sex domestic partnership benefits"?

A: Favor, as I believe no two adults should be unable to enter into a mutually agreed upon contract. I prefer the government stay out of it and let adults enter contracts they want to live by. I do NOT condone the lifestyle, but I do support their freedom to live their lives as they choose.

Source: VoteMatch interview on 2014 House race with , Apr 10, 2013

I fully support same-sex domestic partnerships

Q: What is your opinion on the statement, "Same-sex domestic partnership benefits"?

A: I fully support same-sex domestic partnerships and the equality of these partnerships under law. I believe that any two people should be able to enter into a contract, and have that contract honored. Benefits that comes as a result of a marriage contract should be viable in a civil union contract as well. I am an advocate of freedom. This is supposed to be a free country.

Source: Email interview on presidential race with , Aug 18, 2011

Marriage is a state and local issue

I feel that the issue of marriage is a state and local issue. The federal government should not be making laws regulating or defining marriage. I would support the repeal of "The Defense of Marriage Act" which denies federal marriage rights to same sex couples and has been found unconstitutional; At the same time, when discrimination occurs on the state and local level, the federal government has the right and obligation to intervene and end it. On this point, the federal government should be involved.
Source: Email interview on presidential race with , Aug 18, 2011

Empower women & minorities but no affirmative action

Q: What is your opinion on the statement, "Require companies to hire more women & minorities"?

A: I fully support equality in the workplace and in hiring practices, and the end of discrimination against women and minorities. However, I do not support affirmative action, which is effectively reverse discrimination, and doesn't ultimately solve the problems of racism and sexism. I favor new and innovative approaches to truly empowering women and minorities through local economic & business models. Local coop non-profit businesses, local economic models, untying the hands of non-profit and alternative model businesses greatly increase the career options available to all people because of the new employment needs they create. By working on a local level, community members who know each other and have a stake in their community will be working together, and corporate imposed discrimination will dissolve. We are all people, and we should not discriminate on the basis of race or gender.

Source: Email interview on presidential race with , Aug 18, 2011

2012 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Civil Rights: Scott Keller on other issues:
TX Gubernatorial:
Annise Parker
Julian Castro
Mike Rawlings
Rick Perry
TX Senatorial:
John Cornyn
Jon Roland
Ted Cruz

Lame-duck session 2012:
KY-4: Thomas Massie(R)
MI-11:Dave Curson(D)
NJ-9: Donald Payne Jr.(D)
WA-1: Suzan DelBene(D)

Re-seated Former Reps:
AZ-1: Ann Kirkpatrick(D)
AZ-5: Matt Salmon(R)
FL-8: Alan Grayson(D)
IL-11:Bill Foster(D)
NH-1: Carol Shea-Porter(D)
NV-3: Dina Titus(D)
NY-24:Dan Maffei(D)
TX-36:Steve Stockman(R)

2013 Resignations and Replacements:
AL-1:Jo Bonner(R,resigned)
AL-1:Bradley Byrne(R,Dec.2013)
IL-2:Jesse Louis Jackson(D,resigned)
IL-2:Robin Kelly(D)
MA-5:Ed Markey(D,to Senate)
MA-5:Katherine Clark(D,Dec.2013)
MO-8:Jo Ann Emerson(R,resigned)
MO-8:Jason Smith(R,elected June 2013)
SC-1:Tim Scott(R,resigned)
SC-1:Mark Sanford(R)
SC-1:Elizabeth Colbert-Busch(D)
Newly-elected Democrats:
AZ-9: Kyrsten Sinema
CA-2: Jared Huffman
CA-7: Ami Bera
CA-15:Eric Swalwell
CA-24:Julia Brownley
CA-29:Tony Cardenas
CA-35:Gloria Negrete McLeod
CA-36:Raul Ruiz
CA-41:Mark Takano
CA-47:Alan Lowenthal
CA-51:Juan Vargas
CA-52:Scott Peters
CT-5: Elizabeth Esty
FL-18:Patrick Murphy
FL-22:Lois Frankel
FL-26:Joe Garcia
HI-2: Tulsi Gabbard
IL-8: Tammy Duckworth
IL-10:Brad Schneider
IL-12:Bill Enyart
IL-17:Cheri Bustos
MD-6: John Delaney
MA-4: Joe Kennedy III
MI-5: Dan Kildee
MN-8: Rick Nolan
NV-4: Steven Horsford
NH-2: Annie Kuster
NM-1: Michelle Lujan-Grisham
NY-5: Grace Meng
NY-10:Hakeem Jeffries
NY-18:Sean Maloney
OH-10:Joyce Beatty
PA-17:Matt Cartwright
TX-16:Beto O`Rourke
TX-20:Joaquin Castro
TX-23:Pete Gallego
TX-33:Marc Veasey
TX-34:Filemon Vela
WA-6: Derek Kilmer
WA-10:Denny Heck
WI-2: Mark Pocan
Newly-elected Republicans:
AR-4: Tom Cotton
CA-1: Doug LaMalfa
CA-21:David Valadao
CA-41:Paul Cook
FL-3: Ted Yoho
FL-6: Ron DeSantis
FL-19:Trey Radel
GA-9: Doug Collins
IL-15:Rodney Davis
IN-2: Jackie Walorski
IN-5: Susan Brooks
IN-6: Luke Messer
KY-6: Andy Barr
MI-11:Kerry Bentivolio
MO-2: Ann Wagner
MT-0: Steve Daines
NY-26:Chris Collins
NC-8: Richard Hudson
NC-9: Robert Pittenger
NC-11:Mark Meadows
NC-13:George Holding
ND-0: Kevin Cramer
OH-2: Brad Wenstrup
OH-14:Dave Joyce
OK-1: Jim Bridenstine
OK-2: Markwayne Mullin
PA-4: Scott Perry
PA-12:Keith Rothfus
SC-7: Tom Rice
TX-14:Randy Weber
TX-25:Roger Williams
UT-2: Chris Stewart
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