Doug Jones on Civil Rights



Protecting voting rights shouldn't be partisan issue

Jones is calling for an overhaul of U.S. voting laws and campaign finance laws. The measure includes same-day voter registration, new paper ballot standards for states, money for election systems and would target voter suppression tactics. Jones said it's not a partisan issue. "Voting is not just a right and a privilege, it is one of those things that everybody has a duty to do," he said. "And if they've got a duty we need to make that easier for people to exercise that duty."
Source: WHNT-19 News on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Mar 11, 2019

We should be encouraging voting, not making it harder

It's a political power grab right now where people are trying to gerrymander districts, where people are trying to prevent the right to vote, [to prevent giving] them free access to the vote. We need to be expanding the voter rolls and trying to get people to the vote. We need to be pushing the percentage of Americans up who want to vote on Election Day and instead we seem to be working and the powers that be seem to be constricting that. And I think we've got to change that.
Source: CBS Face the Nation 2019 interview , Mar 3, 2019

Co-sponsored civil rights protections for LGBTQ people

Jones is a political outlier, a Deep South advocate in the Senate for gay and lesbian people. On the federal level, Jones has followed through on his support during the campaign for gay and transgender rights. He became the 46th Senate co-sponsor of a bill to codify protections for gay and transgender people into civil rights laws, including the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Source: RollCall.com on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Apr 13, 2018

Endorsed of Human Rights Campaign

Jones has the endorsement of Human Rights Campaign for his views on LGBT issues. He's also voiced support for protecting the rights of transgender people in the military and in public schools.
Source: NBC News on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Dec 12, 2017

2000: Got convictions of two involved in 1963 church bombing

In 2000, he was given the chance to work on the case that first inspired him to become a prosecutor. Jones worked to successfully convict Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. and Bobby Frank Cherry, two members of the KKK, for their role in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963. Chris Hamlin, a pastor at the church, remembers his first meeting with Jones. "He was very persistent and passionate about pursuing the case," he said. "He understood what was at stake in the African-American community."
Source: Newsweek magazine on 2017 Alabama special Senate race , Dec 10, 2017

Full equality for women in the workplace

Today's champion of equal pay is Lilly Ledbetter and her battle for equality in Gadsden, Alabama. In the Senate, I will work to extend the spirit of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make if mandatory that two people, doing the same job with the same qualifications are paid equally--regardless of their gender. The shenanigans around the 2016 campaign must be pushed aside and full equality for women made the law and the norm in America.
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate website DougJonesForSenate.com , Aug 17, 2017

Gay son celebrates Jones' swearing in as senator

Jones took the oath of office from Vice President Pence. Looking on were Jones' wife, Louise, his son Christopher and his son, Carson, a-22-year-old zookeeper who confirmed he was gay.

Carson was "thrilled" with his dad's victory. "We have been overwhelmed by the support of so many people that made this happen. Alabama made a really big statement that unity wins out. I couldn't be prouder of him or my home state," he said.

Source: Birmingham News on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Feb 18, 2014

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