State of Alabama Archives: on Civil Rights


Kay Ivey: Held first ever Governor's Disability Job Fair

One of the most meaningful experiences I have had as governor was to participate in the first ever Governor's Disability Job Fair with the Secretary of Labor, Commissioner of Mental Health, Executive Director of the Governor's Office on Disability, and Commissioner of the Department of Rehabilitation Services. The fair consisted of more than 95 employers looking to fill over 3,100 positions. 1,100 people attended the Disability Job Fair.

One of those job-seekers is with us tonight--Caryn McDade. Caryn walked into the Governor's Disability Job Fair looking for an opportunity. As a teenager, Caryn's learning disabilities plagued her until she saw no alternative other than dropping out of school. [Caryn has been working with several agencies to get her GED and develop other job skills.] By the end of the week after the fair, Caryn was employed full-time as a home health care aide.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to Alabama legislature Jan 9, 2018

Roy Moore: 14th Amendment restricts states & causes many problems

In Moore's June appearance, one of the hosts says he would like to see an amendment that would void all the amendments after the Tenth. "That would eliminate many problems," Moore replied.

The host agreed with Moore, before turning his attention specifically to the 14th Amendment, which was passed during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War and guaranteed citizenship to former slaves.

Moore replied, "the 14th Amendment has been a restriction on the states using the first Ten Amendments by and through the 14th Amendment. To restrict the states from doing something that the federal government was restricted from doing and allowing the federal government to do something which the first Ten Amendments prevented them from doing. If you understand the incorporation doctrine used by the courts and what it meant. You'd understand what I'm talking about."

Source: CNN on 2017 Alabama Senate race Dec 11, 2017

Doug Jones: Full equality for women in the workplace

Today's champion of equal pay is Lilly Ledbetter and her battle for equality in Gadsden, Alabama. In the Senate, I will work to extend the spirit of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make if mandatory that two people, doing the same job with the same qualifications are paid equally--regardless of their gender. The shenanigans around the 2016 campaign must be pushed aside and full equality for women made the law and the norm in America.
Source: 2017-2018 Alabama Senate website DougJonesForSenate.com Aug 17, 2017

Mo Brooks: Defend blaming "many sides" for white supremacist violence

President Donald Trump's initial reluctance to denounce the white supremacist groups responsible for the deadly hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville over the weekend prompted swift backlash from Republicans in Congress.

But all three main candidates for the Alabama Senate seat, like Trump, issued lukewarm condemnations of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville; and all have pledged to shepherd the president's agenda virtually unequivocally.

While others were urging the president to take a more definitive stand against hate groups [after Trump said "many sides" were to blame], Moore, Brooks, and Strange echoed the president's broad condemnation of "violence," "hatred," and "bigotry." Both Brooks and Strange said explicitly that they stood behind Trump's comments--which is more than Trump himself did. By Monday [after the weekend comments], the president had offered updated remarks that explicitly mentioned white supremacist hate groups.

Source: TheDailyBeast.com coverage of 2017 Alabama Senate race Aug 15, 2017

Roy Moore: OpEd: Lukewarm condemnation of white supremacist violence

President Donald Trump's initial reluctance to denounce the white supremacist groups responsible for the deadly hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville over the weekend prompted swift backlash from Republicans in Congress.

But all three main candidates for the Alabama Senate seat, like Trump, issued lukewarm condemnations of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville; and all have pledged to shepherd the president's agenda virtually unequivocally.

While others were urging the president to take a more definitive stand against hate groups [after Trump said "many sides" were to blame], Moore, Brooks, and Strange echoed the president's broad condemnation of "violence," "hatred," and "bigotry." Both Brooks and Strange said explicitly that they stood behind Trump's comments--which is more than Trump himself did. By Monday [after the weekend comments], the president had offered updated remarks that explicitly mentioned white supremacist hate groups.

Source: TheDailyBeast.com coverage of 2017 Alabama Senate race Aug 15, 2017

Roy Moore: Defend blaming "many sides" for white supremacist violence

President Donald Trump's initial reluctance to denounce the white supremacist groups responsible for the deadly hate-fueled violence in Charlottesville over the weekend prompted swift backlash from Republicans in Congress.

But all three main candidates for the Alabama Senate seat, like Trump, issued lukewarm condemnations of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville; and all have pledged to shepherd the president's agenda virtually unequivocally.

While others were urging the president to take a more definitive stand against hate groups [after Trump said "many sides" were to blame], Moore, Brooks, and Strange echoed the president's broad condemnation of "violence," "hatred," and "bigotry." Both Brooks and Strange said explicitly that they stood behind Trump's comments--which is more than Trump himself did. By Monday [after the weekend comments], the president had offered updated remarks that explicitly mentioned white supremacist hate groups.

Source: TheDailyBeast.com coverage of 2017 Alabama Senate race Aug 15, 2017

Roy Moore: Our sacred institution of marriage is one man and one woman

The state Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore from his judicial position for the remainder of his term, after finding that Moore violated judicial ethics by telling probate judges in a January 2016 administrative order that they still had a duty to uphold Alabama's laws against gay marriage. Moore said then, "I have done my duty under the laws of this state to stand for the undeniable truth that God ordained marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

Moore revisited the gay marriage issue during his remarks today. He said judges and justices are ignoring the Constitution. "The foundations of the fabric of our country are being shaken tremendously," Moore said. "Our sacred institution of marriage has been destroyed by the Supreme Court. Our rights and liberties are in jeopardy."

Moore defended the actions that led to his suspension. "What I did, I did for the people of Alabama," Moore said. "I stood up for the Constitution. I stood up for God."

Source: Birmingham News on 2017 Alabama Senate special election Apr 26, 2017

Chris Countryman: No discrimination based on orientation or gender identity

Countryman is in favor of:
Source: 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial campaign website "testtrac2018" Mar 15, 2017

Chris Countryman: Ok to refuse church services to gay couples

[On gender identity rights], Christopher A. Countryman is in favor of:
Source: 2018 Alabama Gubernatorial campaign website "testtrac2018" Mar 15, 2017

Ron Crumpton: Give the disabled the ability to obtain service dogs

The Daily endorses Ron Crumpton, of Pelham in Tuesday's Democratic primary. While he has never held an elected office, he has at least dabbled in state legislative issues. He has proposed bills that would increase access to medical marijuana, and that would give the disabled the ability to obtain service dogs. He has seven years' experience lobbying the state Legislature on behalf of various nonprofits.
Source: Decatur Daily on 2016 Alabama Senate race Feb 26, 2016

Marcus Bowman: Marriage defined as one man and one woman

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Comfortable with same-sex marriage"

A: Strongly oppose. Marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman. Following the 10th Amendment can be a way that states can have their own approach on this issue.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Jan 21, 2016

Ron Crumpton: Legally require hiring more women & minorities

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Legally require hiring more women/minorities"?

A: Strongly agree. Women make $0.78 vs. men; minorities make $0.75 vs. whites

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Add gender identity to Civil Rights Act

Q: Do you agree or disagree with the statement, "Comfortable with same-sex marriage"?

A: Strongly agree. I would offer an amendment to the Civil Rights Act that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Alabama Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 26, 2015

Chris Countryman: Repeatedly sought same-sex marriage license

Chris Countryman, who repeatedly sought a marriage license in Houston County earlier this year along with his same-sex partner, has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Countryman and partner Bruce Munger Countryman eventually received a marriage license in Coffee County before Houston County announced it would begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Countryman and Munger were together for more than three years before initially seeking a marriage license.
Source: Dothan Eagle on 2018 Alabama gubernatorial race Sep 21, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Apply 1960s civil rights laws to LGBT community

The simple fact is if you are a black, Hispanic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Mormon atheist, gay, female, have one of the aforementioned groups in your family then you have been affected by discrimination. The current 'fad' in discrimination is state laws that would allow businesses to legally discriminate against members of the LGBT community. The problem with that is that we already have case law that should be applied to this issue.

From the reconstruction era until the 1960's, the States passed many laws aimed at denying access to goods and services to members of the black community, but in 1964 Congress and the US Supreme Court put an end to those laws. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. I would offer an amendment to the Civil Rights Act that would simply add sexual orientation & gender identity to the list of protected classes.

Source: 2016 Alabama Senate campaign website, CrumptonForAlabama.com Aug 7, 2015

Ron Crumpton: Women make $0.78 vs. men; minorities make $0.75 vs. whites

One of the cornerstones of the American experiment is that all men are created equal, subsequent amendments and court rulings clarifies that all men and women are equal in the eyes of the law regardless of race, creed, or color, but reality does not always resemble the law.

The 14th Amendment guarantees the equal protection for all American citizens, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically forbids discrimination based on sex or race in the work place, yet women only make 78 cents on the dollar compared to men and minorities only make 75 cents on the dollar as compared to white males.

This discrimination comes at a cost of $550 billion a year in lost wages for women, and when you factor in minorities, you are looking at a loss of $1 trillion. I believe that a realistic goal would be to get the pay of women and minorities up to 90 cents on the dollar. This would mean an injection of over $600 billion in new wages each year, and more than $150 billion in new tax revenues.

Source: 2016 Senate campaign website CrumptonForAlabama.com Jul 23, 2015

Robert Bentley: Ever mindful of our turbulent past 50 years ago

Fifty years ago, Alabama stood poised on center stage as a series of historical events unfolded around us. Many in this room would bear witness to events that changed history.

By year's end, Alabama would see many peaceful protestors jailed for daring to advocate equal treatment for all people. The University of Alabama would enroll its first African-American students. Four little girls killed inside their place of worship during Sunday School. The rising up of thousands who marched to this building knowing they were endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. That was 50 years ago.

Today, we are ever-mindful of our turbulent past while we eagerly look forward to a new chapter in our state's history. Alabama IS our Sweet Home. And we want it to be a place where economic opportunity abounds and there are good-paying jobs, where children can get a good education, where counties and cities can build roads to compete for businesses and industries.

Source: 2013 State of the State address to Alabama Legislature Feb 5, 2013

Kay Ivey: One-man-one-woman marriage is cornerstone of civilization

I firmly believe marriage is between one man and one woman. It is a sacred, legal union that has been the cornerstone of civilization for centuries. It is wrong to legalize other "forms" of marriage, such as same-sex unions, and equally wrong to grant them the same legal rights.

My opposition to same-sex marriage is based on more than my personal Christian beliefs. Incidentally, none of the world's other four largest religions--Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Islam--recognizes same-sex marriage as legitimate either.

There is no advantage to bringing up children in homes where parents are both of the same gender. Years of research show children need both a mom and a dad to reach their maximum potential. And other studies show children brought up in same-sex households have lower self-esteem.

I will always oppose the legalization of same-sex marriage in Alabama and elsewhere in the nation, and I support legislation that defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Source: 2010 Alabama Gubernatorial campaign website KayIvey.org Mar 31, 2010

Robert Bentley: Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to hate crime criteria

Rep. Bentley voted NAY on bill HB829:Excerpts from Legislative Synopsis: