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Terry Branstad on Civil Rights
Republican Governor: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Terry Branstad on other issues.
  • Define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Chet Culver on Civil Rights
Democrat: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Chet Culver on other issues.
  • Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Jack Hatch on Civil Rights
Democratic Challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Jack Hatch on other issues.
  • Supports civil unions and same-sex marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • Affirmative action in state college & state contracts. (Nov 2002)
Tom Hoefling on Civil Rights
Republican Challenger : Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Tom Hoefling on other issues.
  • Government shouldn't redefine marriage. (Jul 2014)
  • Strongly opposes affirmative action. (Jan 2014)
  • Strongly opposes same-sex marriage. (Jan 2014)

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Bruce Braley on Civil Rights
Democrat: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Bruce Braley 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)
  • Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA. (Jun 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Doug Butzier on Civil Rights
Libertarian Senate challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Doug Butzier on other issues.
  • Affirmative action is government interference in marketplace. (Sep 2014)
  • Declaration's "All men are created equal" applies to gays. (Sep 2014)
Sam Clovis on Civil Rights
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Sam Clovis on other issues.
  • Government shouldn't redefine marriage. (Jul 2014)
  • Affirmative Action is insulting and racist. (Jan 2014)
  • Marriage should be between a man and a woman. (Jan 2014)
  • Family begins with one man and one woman. (Nov 2013)
Joni Ernst on Civil Rights
Republican Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Joni Ernst on other issues.
  • Government shouldn't redefine marriage. (Sep 2014)
  • Endorsed by RightNOW Women PAC to escape "war on women". (Mar 2014)
  • Marriage is a religious institution: one man and one woman. (Sep 2013)
Chuck Grassley on Civil Rights
Republican Sr Senator (IA): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Chuck Grassley on other issues.
  • Wait for DoD report before considering Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell. (Oct 2010)
  • 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 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Matthew Whitaker on Civil Rights
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Matthew Whitaker on other issues.
  • My faith requires me to support traditional marriage. (Oct 2013)

House:


Leonard Boswell on Civil Rights
Democratic Representative (IA-3): Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for Leonard Boswell 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 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)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 67% 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 69% by NAACP, indicating a mixed record on affirmative-action. (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)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Steve King on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (IA-5): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Steve King on other issues.
  • Gay marriage is path to socialism. (Sep 2009)
  • 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 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)
David Loebsack on Civil Rights
Democrat: Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for David Loebsack on other issues.
  • Vigilance against restricting civil liberties. (Nov 2006)
  • Guarantee full civil rights for GLBT people. (Nov 2006)
  • Continue affirmative action programs. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • 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)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 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)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
Pat Murphy on Civil Rights
Democrat (District 1): Click here for Pat Murphy on other issues.
    No stance on record.

Former candidates & officeholders:


Tom Vilsack on Civil Rights
Democratic IA Governor: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Tom Vilsack on other issues.
  • Rated “B” by National Review on pro-gay issues. (Jan 2007)
  • Hosted Governor’s Conference on LGBT Youth. (Feb 2006)
  • Declared English as Iowa’s official language. (Jun 2004)
  • Demand full funding to help Americans vote. (Jan 2004)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Tom Harkin on Civil Rights
Democratic Jr Senator (IA): Click here for 28 full quotes OR click here for Tom Harkin on other issues.
  • Close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. (Aug 2008)
  • Authored the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act. (Mar 2008)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES 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)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Increase subsidies for women-owned non-profit business. (Mar 2004)
  • Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 96% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • Constitutional Amendment for women's equal rights. (Jun 2011)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
  • 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)
Bruce Braley on Civil Rights
Democrat: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Bruce Braley 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)
  • Sponsored removing deadline for ratification of the ERA. (Jun 2013)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Tom Latham on Civil Rights
Republican Representative (IA-4): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Tom Latham 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 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 31% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Constitutionally prohibit flag desecration. (May 2009)
Greg Ganske on Civil Rights
Former Republican Nominee (2002): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Greg Ganske 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)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
Jim Lightfoot on Civil Rights
Republican Former (1994-) (District 3): Click here for Jim Lightfoot on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Daryl Northrop on Civil Rights
2004 former Green challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Daryl Northrop on other issues.
  • Continue affirmative action programs. (Oct 2004)
  • Civil unions or marriage ok for same-sex couples. (Oct 2004)
Art Small on Civil Rights
2004 former Democratic challenger; previously State Senator: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Art Small on other issues.
  • No civil unions; define marriage. (Aug 2004)
  • Supports affirmative action in colleges and government. (Aug 2004)
Roxanne Conlin on Civil Rights
2010 Democratic Challenger: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Roxanne Conlin on other issues.
  • No 2nd-class citizens: repeal DOMA and Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell. (Oct 2010)
  • 1970s: Discrimination on basis of pregnancy made illegal. (Jul 2010)
  • Pass Paycheck Fairness Act to close gender pay gap. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports marriage equality for same-sex couples. (Jul 2010)
  • Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
George Eichhorn on Civil Rights
Republican Senate challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for George Eichhorn on other issues.
  • Marriage should be between one man and one woman. (May 2008)
Greg Ganske on Civil Rights
Republican (District 4): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Greg Ganske 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)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
Jim Leach on Civil Rights
Republican (District 1): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Jim Leach on other issues.
  • 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 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)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 43% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Supported funding for women's and disadvantaged businesses. (Jul 1999)
Jim Nussle on Civil Rights
Republican (District 2): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Jim Nussle 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)
  • Rated 13% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Steven Rathje on Civil Rights
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Steven Rathje on other issues.
  • Defend the sanctity of marriage. (Mar 2008)
Christopher Reed on Civil Rights
Republican challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Christopher Reed on other issues.
  • Define marriage as one man and one woman only. (Jun 2008)
  • Don’t-ask-don’t-tell caused disruption in military. (May 2008)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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