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Religious freedom supersedes right to same-sex marriage

Legislative Summary: An Act relating to religious freedom: No person shall be required to participate in the solemnization of any marriage--or be subject to any penalty by the Commonwealth--solely on account of such person's sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction that marriage should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman.

Excerpts from Veto Message: Although couched as a "religious freedom" bill, this legislation is nothing more than an attempt to stigmatize. Any legitimate protections afforded by SB41 are duplicative of the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. Any additional protections are styled in a manner that prefers one religious viewpoint--that marriage can only validly exist between a man & a woman--over all other viewpoints. It equates to discrimination under the guise of religious freedom.

Legislative Outcome:: Rep. Cline voted YEA; passed Senate, 20-19-1, Feb. 12; passed House, 59-38-3, March 9; vetoed, March 30

Source: Virginia Legislative voting records on SB41 , Mar 9, 2016

Require absentee ballot applicants to provide photo ID

HB1318: Any voter submitting his application for an absentee ballot by mail or by electronic transmission shall submit with his application a copy of one of the forms of identification acceptable under current law.

Analysis by Virginia ACLU: Low-income Virginians, rural voters, racial and ethnic minorities, students, and the elderly may have been disenfranchised because they lack a valid, photo ID or have no access to a copier or scanner.

Veto message: This bill imposes barriers on an eligible voter's ability to obtain & cast an absentee ballot. The requirement would not in any way deter fraudulent voting since it provides no means of verifying the identity of the individual depicted in the submitted photograph.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 62-34-4 on Feb/9/15; State Delegate Ben Cline voted YES; Passed Senate 20-17-3 on Feb/20/15; Vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe on Mar/27/15; House Veto Sustained 65-34-0 (needed 66) on Apr/15/15

Source: ACLU analysis of Virginia legislative voting records HB1318 , Feb 9, 2015

2017-18 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Civil Rights: Ben Cline on other issues:
VA Gubernatorial:
Amanda Chase
Bob McDonnell
Frank Wagner
Jennifer Carroll Foy
Jennifer McClellan
Justin Fairfax
Ken Cuccinelli
Kirk Cox
Lee Carter
Mark Herring
Ralph Northam
Robert Sarvis
Terry McAuliffe
Tim Kaine
Tom Perriello
VA Senatorial:
Amanda Chase
Corey Stewart
Daniel Gade
Mark Warner
Nick Freitas
Scott Taylor
Tim Kaine

Freshman class of 2019:
"Freshman class" means "not in Congress in January 2017", with exceptions:
* Special election, so sworn in other than Jan. 2019
** Served in Congress in a previous term
*** Lost recount or general election
Freshman class of January 2019 (Republicans):
AZ-8*:Lesko
CA-39***:Kim
FL-6:Waltz ; FL-15:Spano ; FL-17:Steube
GA-7:Woodall
ID-1**:Fulcher
IN-4:Baird
IN-6:Pence
KS-2:Watkins
MN-1:Hagedorn ; MN-8:Stauber
MS-3:Guest
MT-0*:Gianforte
NC-9***:Harris
ND-a:Armstrong
NM-2***:Herrell
OH-12*:Balderson ; OH-16:Gonzalez
OK-1:Hern
PA-9:Meuser ; PA-11**:Smucker ; PA-12*:Keller ; PA-13:Joyce ; PA-14:Reschenthaler
SC-4:Timmons
SD-0:Johnson
TN-2:Burchett ; TN-6:Rose ; TN-7:Green
TX-2:Crenshaw ; TX-3:Taylor ; TX-5:Gooden ; TX-6:Wright ; TX-21:Roy ; TX-27*:Cloud
VA-5:Riggleman ; VA-6:Cline
WI-1:Steil
WV-3:Miller
Freshman class of January 2019 (Democrats):
AZ-2**:Kirkpatrick ; AZ-9:Stanton
CA-49:Levin ; CA-10:Harder ; CA-21:Cox ; CA-25:Hill ; CA-39:Cisneros ; CA-45:Porter ; CA-48:Rouda
CO-2:Neguse ; CO-6:Crow
CT-5:Hayes
FL-26:Mucarsel-Powell ; FL-27:Shalala
GA-6:McBath
HI-1**:Case
IA-1:Finkenauer ; IA-3:Axne
IL-4:Garcia ; IL-6:Casten ; IL-14:Underwood
KS-3:Davids
KY-6***:McGrath
MA-3:Trahan ; MA-7:Pressley
MD-6:Trone
ME-2:Golden
MI-8:Slotkin ; MI-9:Levin ; MI-13:Tlaib ; MI-13*:Jones ; MI-11:Stevens
MN-2:Craig ; MN-3:Phillips ; MN-5:Omar
NC-9***:McCready
NH-1:Pappas
NJ-2:Van Drew ; NJ-3:Kim ; NJ-7:Malinowski ; NJ-11:Sherrill
NM-1:Haaland ; NM-2:Torres Small
NV-3:Lee ; NV-4**:Horsford
NY-14:Ocasio-Cortez ; NY-11:Rose ; NY-19:Delgado ; NY-22:Brindisi ; NY-25:Morelle
OK-5:Horn
PA-4:Dean ; PA-5:Scanlon ; PA-6:Houlahan ; PA-7:Wild ; PA-17*:Lamb
SC-1:Cunningham
TX-7:Fletcher ; TX-16:Escobar ; TX-29:Garcia ; TX-32:Allred
UT-4:McAdams
VA-2:Luria ; VA-7:Spanberger ; VA-10:Wexton
WA-8:Schrier
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