State of Alaska Archives: on Civil Rights


Bill Walker: Modernize voter registration & vote online

We increased access to the polls for Alaskans with limited English proficiency. We also now have a language assistance coordinator to ensure all Alaskans can exercise the right to vote. In addition, we are modernizing our voter registration system. As of November 24, Alaskans can register to vote online. Nearly 1,000 Alaskans have already done so.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Alaska legislature Jan 21, 2016

Joe Miller: Supreme Court voided the majority on same-sex marriage

Left-wing lawyers clothed in black robes have imposed their twisted view of law and morality on the country with breathtaking speed. Americans overwhelming rejected same-sex marriage at the ballot box. Incredibly, federal judges have arrogantly reversed the decisions of voters in most of those states. And now, in Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to void the few remaining pro-traditional marriage laws, nationwide.

Despite the federal judiciary's near full-body embrace of homosexual marriage, such sexual couplings are not equally accepted by ordinary Americans. The elites have a completely different view.

So what can be done? Obviously, there is no court above the U.S. Supreme Court from which discipline may be applied. The only answer for justices who blatantly violate their Code of Conduct, federal law, and their oaths of office is impeachment and removal.

Source: 2016 Alaska Senate campaign website JoeMiller.us Jun 17, 2015

Mead Treadwell: Allow transgendered to correct gender on driver's license

Miller's supporters distributed news clippings about Mr. Treadwell that could be infuriating to a socially conservative audience: That in 2012 he agreed to allow transgendered people to "correct the gender marker" on their Alaska driver's license and that he blocked a measure that would have allowed a statewide referendum to outlaw abortion. During the debate, Mr. Treadwell said the initiative would have been unconstitutional and acted on advice of the state's lawyers.

But Miller used the episode to attack Treadwell. "You know, we heard that argument before, 'I was just following orders,'" Miller said. "The question to you is do you take an oath to the Constitution or to the Supreme Court, Mead?" Treadwell was not allowed a rebuttal by the debate's moderator.

Source: Wall Street Journal on 2014 Alaska Senate debate Aug 5, 2014

Joe Miller: Concerned over dissolution of traditional family

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

Miller: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Briefly list political or legislative issues of most concern to you.

Miller: Dissolution of traditional family (majority of children born to mothers under 30 are born to single headed households. Culture cannot survive this).

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Alaska Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Dan Sullivan: Opposes gay marriage

While Sullivan sidesteps some policy questions with the caution of a practiced lawyer, on two big social issues the lifelong Catholic has a ready answer: He's anti-abortion, except in cases of rape or incest or when a mother's life is in danger, and he opposes gay marriage. While Sullivan sidesteps some policy questions with the caution of a practiced lawyer, on two big social issues the lifelong Catholic has a ready answer: He's anti-abortion, except in cases of rape or incest or when a mother's life is in danger, and he opposes gay marriage.
Source: Anchorage Daily News on 2014 Alaska Senate race Apr 19, 2014

Joe Miller: Opposes ENDA; ok to decide whether a business serves gays

Q: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act that passed the Senate--would you have voted for it?

A: No. I would not have. No, I think that private employers should be able to make decisions as to what they do in their private businesses, and I think the people then are entitled to make decisions as to whether or not they use their services. They can boycott. If, for example, somebody that is a traditionalist, that believes in traditional marriage, that runs a bakery for weddings, should necessarily be compelled to do something that's against their conscience.

Q: Should a hotel be able to turn away a couple because they're gay?

A: I believe that if you're a private employer, you have the right to do what you want with respect to your business, and that the people of the country then have the right to do as they will, with respect to whether or not they boycott or take other action to financially penalize. I don't think the government has a role in that.

Source: Salon.com CPAC interview on 2014 Alaska Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Joe Miller: Let states decide about gay rights & minority rights

Q: Should a hotel be able to turn away a couple because they're gay?

A: I believe that if you're a private employer, you have the right to do what you want with respect to your business. And if somebody wants something like that, then they should be encouraged to move to a state that provides for that. At the federal level, the better thing is not to impose the one-size-solution-fits-all, but to reduce the involvement of the federal government, in favor of the people in the states.

Q: So at the federal level, then, should it be legal for that hotel to turn someone away because they're African-American?

A: I'm a state's right advocate in those areas.

Q: So should a restaurant then be able to turn someone away because they're African-American?

Q: I've said my piece on that.

Q: And so would you repeal the Civil Rights Act?

Q: Of course not. I've said my piece on the issue of ENDA. That was your specific question, that's my response to it.

Source: Salon.com CPAC interview on 2014 Alaska Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Mead Treadwell: I will defend traditional marriage

As your Lieutenant Governor I have sworn an oath to defend our state's constitution and our constitution clearly states marriage is between one man and one woman. Marriage is a sacrament of the church and I will defend traditional marriage as it is defined by our state's constitution.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, TreadwellAlaska.com, "Issues" Oct 9, 2013

Joe Miller: No openly gay members in the military

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?

A: No.

Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Joe Miller: End affirmative action programs

Q: Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?

A: Yes.

Source: Alaska Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test Sep 9, 2010

Sarah Palin: Respected court ruling allowing same-sex state benefits

I had been in office two weeks when the Alaska Supreme Court required us to offer health benefits to the same-sex partners of state employees.

I support the traditional definition of marriage. One man & one woman to make a marriage. And I don't support efforts that can lead to changing that definition.

But on this issue in Alaska, the court was the lawful interpreter of the state Constitution. The promise I had made when being sworn into office was to uphold the Constitution. That meant I would be bound by the judiciary's ruling. So when conservatives in the legislature passed a bill that would prohibit state benefits for same-sex couples, the court ruled it unconstitutional, so I vetoed it.

A few angry lawmakers visited my office, outraged that I hadn't bucked the court. A couple of them said I should have been willing to go to jail over the issue.

And if the people want to amend the Constitution via referendum, I told the lawmakers, they have the right to battle it out and do so.

Source: Going Rogue, p.143 on Alaska Voting Records HB4001 Nov 17, 2009

Mark Begich: Added sexual orientation to Anchorage non-discrimination law

When Mark Begich was on the Anchorage Assembly, he was the principal sponsor for the temporarily successful effort in 1993 to add sexual orientation to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. He also helped to obtain funding for Out North.

As Mayor of Anchorage, Begich spoke at the Pride Conference, visited the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Anchorage (GLCCA), and came to the Celebrating Diversity Parade. This year, he read the Anchorage Pride Day proclamation from the stage, his son standing next to him.

In 2005, when the Alaska Supreme Court ordered the state and the Municipality of Anchorage to offer benefits for employees with same-sex partners, Begich supported the ruling and implemented the benefits for city personnel.

Begich promotes Diverse-City events that “combat bias and promote a respect for diversity,” including sexual orientation. He appointed members of the LGBT community to the Equal Rights Commission, and has several members in his mayoral administration.

Source: Bent Alaska, “Senator-elect’s Record” Nov 18, 2008

Sarah Palin: Vetoed bill denying benefits to gays, as unconstitutional

Ms. Palin said she supported Alaska’s decision to amend its Constitution to ban same-sex marriage. But she used her first veto as governor to block a bill that would have prohibited the state from granting health benefits to same-sex partners of public employees. Ms. Palin said she vetoed the bill because it was unconstitutional, but raised the possibility of amending the state Constitution so the ban could pass muster.
Source: New York Times, pp. A1&A10 on Alaska Voting Records HB4001 Aug 29, 2008

Sarah Palin: ADA brings expanded freedom to Americans with disabilities

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “ADA” Jul 28, 2008

Sarah Palin: Recognize Juneteenth to celebrate the end of slavery

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Juneteenth” Jun 17, 2008

Sarah Palin: HIV/AIDS among Alaska Natives is public health crisis

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “Native HIV” Mar 4, 2008

Sarah Palin: Recognize Martin Luther King holiday

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Proclamation, “MLK Day” Jan 14, 2008

Sarah Palin: Comply with same-sex partner benefits despite disagreement

Governor Sarah Palin today announced that, per the recent ruling of the Supreme Court of Alaska, the State of Alaska’s regulations are in effect to begin providing state benefits to same sex partners beginning January 1, 2007. “The Supreme Court has ordered adoption of the regulations by the State of Alaska to begin providing benefits January 1,” said Governor Palin. “We have no more judicial options. We may disagree with the rationale behind the ruling, but our responsibility is to proceed forward with the law and follow the Constitution.“

In addition to adoption of the regulations, Governor Palin signed HB4002 today, which calls for a statewide advisory vote, proposed by the Legislature during its November special session. ”I disagree with the recent court decision because I feel as though Alaskans spoke on this issue with its overwhelming support for a Constitutional Amendment in 1998 which defined marriage as between a man and woman. But the Supreme Court has spoken and the state will abide.

Source: Alaska Governor’s Office: Press release 06-012, “Same Sex” Dec 20, 2006

Sarah Palin: Prefers term “anti-rural” to “anti-Native”

Things got ugly in the final round when former state Sen. Georgianna Lincoln called in, steamed about a first-round jab aimed at Knowles. Near the beginning of the debate, a caller had asked Knowles about a flier circulating in rural Alaska that describes Palin as “anti-Native.” When Knowles denied such a flier, Palin told the caller: “I think you’re referring to the anti-Native e-mails” being sent by paid Knowles staff members. She mentioned Lincoln, who doesn’t work for Knowles, by name.

When challenged by Lincoln, Palin changed her description of the e-mails from “anti-Native” to “anti-rural.”

“You’re changing your story right now!” Knowles said, tasting blood. The hour ended with Knowles saying Palin owed Lincoln an apology.

Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: ADN coverage of radio debate Nov 3, 2006

Sarah Palin: Special legislative session on same-sex health benefits

Asked about Gov. Frank Murkowski’s call for a special legislative session on same-sex health benefits, Knowles said the session is unnecessary. But Palin said the question was not simply about health care benefits, it was an extension of voters’ definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: AP coverage of public TV debate Nov 3, 2006

Sarah Palin: Value our cultural diversity

Sarah Palin and Sean Parnell are a New Team with New Energy for Alaska who value our cultural diversity and will provide opportunities for all Alaskans.
Source: Palin-Parnell campaign booklet: New Energy for Alaska Nov 3, 2006

Tony Knowles: No special legislative session on same-sex health benefits

Asked about Gov. Frank Murkowski’s call for a special legislative session on same-sex health benefits, Knowles said the session is unnecessary. But Palin said the question was not simply about health care benefits, it was an extension of voters’ definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
Source: Alaska 2006 Governor Debate: AP coverage of public TV debate Nov 3, 2006

Ray Metcalfe: Apply affirmative action to state college & state employment

Q: On Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on college and university admissions?

A: Yes.

Q: On public employment?

A: Yes.

Q: ?

A: Yes.

Q: On state contracting?

A: Yes.

Source: Alaska Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

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