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Joni Ernst on Civil Rights

 

 


Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Ernst: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Iowa Senate race , Sep 30, 2014

Federal ban ok, but leave same-sex marriage to states

Ernst says she thinks the legality of same-sex marriage should be left up to the states--but would still support a federal ban on gay marriage if one were proposed.

During Thursday's Republican debate, the candidates vying for the GOP nomination were asked for their take on same-sex marriage. "I do believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, and I also believe that this is a state's right. And I have a record of this here in the state of Iowa," she said. "It is up to the people to make that decision, so allow the states to make that decision."

Ernst noted her work on a bill in the Iowa state Senate authorizing a vote on a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state. Ernst was one of the bill's co-sponsors. But despite her support for the right of the people "to make that decision," she said she would back a federal constitutional amendment barring gays and lesbians from getting married. "If it would come up at the federal level, I would support it," she said.

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Iowa Senate race , May 29, 2014

Endorsed by RightNOW Women PAC to escape "war on women"

State Sen. Joni Ernst received the endorsement of RightNOW Women PAC on Tuesday. RightNOW was created by a former aide to George W. Bush, and was launched earlier this year to recruit young women to get involved in the Republican Party.

Republicans of all stripes have been working to attract more women to their ranks and escape the "war on women" narrative that Democrats successfully used against them in 2012.

Source: Washington Post on 2014 Iowa Senate race , Mar 11, 2014

Marriage is a religious institution: one man and one woman

Protecting Traditional Marriage: As a Christian, Joni strongly believes marriage is a religious institution, defined as a union between one man and one woman. She has already shown herself to be a defender of traditional marriage on the floor of the Iowa Senate.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues" , Sep 9, 2013

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