State of North Carolina secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Roy Cooper: Repeal the "Bathroom Bill"; it's a dark cloud over NC

North Carolina is one of the fastest-growing states in America. By 2025, we will have one million more residents. And when they come here, they are welcomed. There is a welcoming handshake at the ball field. There are the open arms of entire communities. Our people are welcoming. But some of our laws are not.

I call on the legislature once again to repeal House Bill 2 [the "Bathroom Bill" which requires transgendered people to use the bathroom of their birth gender]. The law has damaged our state. The legislature must erase this law from our books. Pass a clean repeal of HB2 and I will sign it the same day. Pass a compromise repeal that works to eliminate discrimination and brings back jobs, sports and entertainment and I will sign it--as long as it truly gets the job done.

I also raise this issue at the beginning because HB2 is the dark cloud hanging over our state of promise. It drains the energy from what should be our work for the people of this state. It's time to move on.

Source: 2017 North Carolina State of the State address Mar 13, 2017

Ted Budd: Defend marriage and protect religious freedom

I will evaluate each vote by its effect on families. I am 100% pro-life and pro-family. I will fight for the right to life of the unborn and defend marriage as an institution of one man and one woman. I also will protect religious freedom for individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and churches, because our country is as strong as our families and faiths are strong.
Source: 2016 North Carolina House campaign website TedBudd.com Nov 8, 2016

Deborah Ross: Transgender individuals use public bathrooms of their choice

Q: On Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?

Burr: No. Personal belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. Legislatively, voted several times through 2010 to ban same-sex marriage. In anticipation of Supreme Court ruling, took the position that it should be decided by the states.

Ross: Yes

Q: On Gay Rights: Should transgender individuals have the right to use public bathrooms of their choice?

Burr: No. Opposed Obama's Executive Order, stating decision should be made by states, parents, and communities. Later, in response to backlash against NC anti-LGBT legislation, said state had gone too far and should "rein it in before a judge does it for them."

Ross: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 North Carolina Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Richard Burr: Let same-sex marriage be decided by the states

Q: On Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?

Burr: No. Personal belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. Legislatively, voted several times through 2010 to ban same-sex marriage. In anticipation of Supreme Court ruling, took the position that it should be decided by the states.

Ross: Yes

Q: On Gay Rights: Should transgender individuals have the right to use public bathrooms of their choice?

Burr: No. Opposed Obama's Executive Order, stating decision should be made by states, parents, and communities. Later, in response to backlash against NC anti-LGBT legislation, said state had gone too far and should "rein it in before a judge does it for them."

Ross: Yes

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 North Carolina Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Pat McCrory: Transgendered people must use bathroom based on birth gender

A state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and directs transgender people to use public restrooms matching the gender on their birth certificate has dominated the political discourse since it was signed by GOP Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year.

Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who has held the office since 2001, has declined to defend the law and vowed to try repealing it as governor.

Source: Associated Press on 2016 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Oct 1, 2016

Roy Cooper: Repeal law requiring bathroom use based on birth gender

A state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and directs transgender people to use public restrooms matching the gender on their birth certificate has dominated the political discourse since it was signed by GOP Gov. Pat McCrory earlier this year.

Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper, who has held the office since 2001, has declined to defend the law and vowed to try repealing it as governor.

Source: Associated Press on 2016 North Carolina Gubernatorial race Oct 1, 2016

Deborah Ross: Introduced gender pay equity bill in state legislature

While serving in the North Carolina House of Representatives, Deborah introduced a bill that banned employers from paying employees differently based on gender-- protecting the economic security for the many women who are primary breadwinners for their families. In the US Senate, she'll continue to fight for a national pay equity law, ending the gender pay gap.
Source: 2016 North Carolina Senate campaign website DeborahRoss.com Aug 31, 2016

Roy Cooper: Women deserve equal pay

Our daughters deserve the same pay as men who are working the same job.?#?EqualPayDay
Source: Facebook.com posting on 2016 North Carolina Governor race Apr 12, 2016

Ken Spaulding: End state-based acceptance of the Confederate banner

Gov. Pat McCrory signaled his intent to ask the General Assembly to end availability of license plates that pay tribute to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Gubernatorial contender Ken Spaulding hailed McCrory's decision as a step toward signaling an end to state-based acceptance of the Confederate banner, which has been adopted by white supremacy groups and is seen by African Americans as a symbol of racial animosity.

"As a child and throughout my life, the confederate flag has brought significant pain to many of us as it has symbolized to so many people racial intolerance and racial divisiveness," Spaulding said. "I sincerely hope that this action will also lead to state policies which will address the currently existing divisive policies of income inequality, a shrinking middle class, voter suppression and other issues which hurt so many North Carolinians. I hope that this action will lead to not only symbolic change, but also will lead to the much needed substantive changes."

Source: Charlotte Post on 2015 North Carolina gubernatorial race Jun 24, 2015

Pat McCrory: Terminate license plates noting Sons of Confederate Veterans

Southern governors, including North Carolina's Pat McCrory, are pushing to erase state support of the Confederate battle flag. McCrory signaled his intent to ask the General Assembly to end availability of license plates that pay tribute to the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

"Governor McCrory will be requesting that the General Assembly change the North Carolina statute in order to discontinue the issuance of the Confederate battle flag emblem on state-issued license plates," his Communications Director said. "The time is right to change this policy due to the recent Supreme Court ruling and the tragedy in Charleston."

Dylann Roof was charged in the shooting deaths of nine African Americans at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., last week. Roof is an alleged white supremacist whose social media postings prominently displayed the Confederate battle flag. S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley asked lawmakers to remove the flag from the statehouse grounds in response to the Charleston shooting.

Source: Charlotte Post on 2015 North Carolina gubernatorial race Jun 24, 2015

Thom Tillis: OpEd: Supported tax cuts over help for students and women

Round two of the U.S. Senate debates featured Sen. Kay Hagan and N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis. During the first debate, Hagan accused Tillis of taking the state backward by supporting tax cuts over help for students and women. Speaker Tillis says Hagan would be a rubber stamp for President Obama, an approach he says doesn't work in the state.
Source: WFMY News 2 on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Thom Tillis: Defend the N.C. gay marriage ban

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican rival Thom Tillis differ on gay marriage in North Carolina. Tillis defended his decision this week to intervene in lawsuits challenging the state's gay marriage ban that voters approved it in 2012. The ban could soon be overturned because the U.S. Supreme Court not to consider a Virginia case.

Hagan says she opposed the constitutional amendment and pointed out Tillis got it on the ballot.

Source: WFMY News 2 on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Mark Walker: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman

Q: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman? No government has the authority to alter this definition?

WALKER: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina House race Sep 30, 2014

Thom Tillis: 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.

Tillis: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 North Carolina Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Sean Haugh: Government has no say over whom consenting adults love

Neither candidate believes the federal government has a role in gay marriage. D'Annunzio said he could make both constitutional and religious arguments for the case. "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. Anything else, you can call it what you want. That's fine with me," he said. "The federal government has no place in it," and should not be allowed to define it.

Haugh said no level of government--state or federal--should have a role in those matters. Marriage "is one of the most deeply personal decisions you're ever going to make, and to have government say we get to regulate who consenting adults can love and how they love them is unimaginable," he said.

Source: Carolina Journal on 2014 North Carolina Senate debate Apr 8, 2014

Deborah Ross: Voted NO on a constitutional amendment to define marriage

SB 514 Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage
Bill Passed House (75 - 42); Rep. Ross voted Nay .
Source: VoteSmart synopsis: 2011-2012 North Carolina voting records Sep 12, 2011

Thom Tillis: Constitutionally define marriage as one man and one woman

Tillis voted YEA on Sept. 12, 2011 for SB 514: Constitutional Amendment to Define Marriage (Bill Passed House, 75-42)
Source: North Carolina House voting records (Votesmart synopses) Sep 12, 2011

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