State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Natalie Tennant: Treat gay couples equally, but no mandates on churches

Q: Do you support or oppose same-sex marriage and does what's happened in the courts change your opinion at all?

Capito: "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I have a long history of that dating back to when I was in the West Virginia legislature but I believe the decision that's been made is basically saying that the states will make their own decisions and I will abide by what the state of West Virginia decides in this matter."

Tennant: "I think that under the law that people should be treated equally and fairly. Now does a church go against its doctrine? No, not at all. A church should not go against its doctrine and it should not be forced to, but I think that we as West Virginians know about fairness and we know about freedom. Mountaineers are always free."

Source: WV Metro News on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Shelley Moore Capito: Marriage is between a man and a woman

Q: Do you support or oppose same-sex marriage and does what's happened in the courts change your opinion at all?

Capito: "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I have a long history of that dating back to when I was in the West Virginia legislature but I believe the decision that's been made is basically saying that the states will make their own decisions and I will abide by what the state of West Virginia decides in this matter."

Tennant: "I think that under the law that people should be treated equally and fairly. Now does a church go against its doctrine? No, not at all. A church should not go against its doctrine and it should not be forced to, but I think that we as West Virginians know about fairness and we know about freedom. Mountaineers are always free."

Source: WV Metro News on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

John Buckley: Live and let live: support the freedom to marry

I don't fit the narrow mold of most political commentators. They just don't know what to make of me.

I'm for limited government and free enterprise; I'm also for peace and civil liberties; I support the freedom to marry as well as the freedom to carry. I believe in "live and let live." I'm for limited government and free enterprise; I'm also for peace and civil liberties; I support the freedom to marry as well as the freedom to carry. I believe in "live and let live."

Source: Charleston Daily Mail on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Aug 12, 2014

John Buckley: Shares home with his same-sex partner

After retiring from many years as an official with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Buckley is running for Senate this year from West Virginia, where he has a home with his same-sex partner, with the Libertarian Party. The Washington Post recognized the race as one of seven nationally where the L.P. could be a player.

Q: You are one of the few openly gay Senate candidates this year. How might that play into your votes?

A: voters however conservative politically or culturally they are have advanced light years forward on the issue of marriage. For younger voters it's really not an issue at all, gay marriage. To the extent I raise it, I see it as an issue among other issues about limited government, live and let live, bringing economic freedom and personal civil liberties together in a more consistent message.

Source: Reason magazine Q&A on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Jul 24, 2014

Pat McGeehan: Civil unions ok; anti-discrimination laws not ok

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?

A: No.

McGeehan adds, "Government should not interfere with marriage."

Source: West Virginia Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Jay Wolfe: No affirmative action; less government in job sector

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Bob Wise: Restrict and regulate video gambling

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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