State of Georgia Archives: on Civil Rights


Rick Allen: Support traditional marriage between a man and woman

Traditional family values are the very foundation of our democracy and need to be protected. I strongly support traditional marriage as a sacred union between a man and woman and will fight any efforts to redefine marriage at a federal level.
Source: 2014 Georgia House campaign website, RickWAllen.com Nov 4, 2014

Amanda Swafford: Marriage equality is an individual freedom

As long as an individual's choices or actions do not infringe on another person's liberties, we should not use our laws or government to force that individual to conform to our personal beliefs. The Constitution is about personal responsibility and freedom, not government mandates forcing all to conform to one way of thought! On a federal level, individual freedom is an important foundation for issues like marriage equality, the War on Drugs, property rights and commerce.
Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, AmandaSwafford.net Sep 30, 2014

Amanda Swafford: Government has authority to redefine marriage

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

Swafford: Strongly Disagree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

David Perdue: 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.

Perdue: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Rick Allen: 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?

Allen: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race Sep 30, 2014

David Perdue: AdWatch: Perdue's company sued for gender pay discrimination

Emily's List will launch a $1 million ad campaign targeting David Perdue, focusing on a discrimination lawsuit filed by women at a company he ran. The ad, entitled "Letter," details the lawsuit's charges: that Dollar General, the company where Perdue served as a CEO for four years, paid women less than men for similar positions.

Perdue served as CEO of Dollar General from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, more than 2,000 female store managers filed a lawsuit against Dollar General, claiming the company consistently paid male managers more than female ones. Dollar General ultimately paid millions to settle the case in 2011, after Perdue had left the company.

"David Perdue owes the people an explanation for why he's killed and outsourced jobs and why his company was at the center of a pay discrimination suit--and most importantly, whether he still believes that women and men should not be paid the same amount for the same job," said the president of Emily's List.

Source: DailyKos.com on 2014 Georgia Senate race Aug 22, 2014

Jason Carter: Civil marriage equality, but don't tell churches what to do

Jason Carter solidified his support for marriage equality this week, first in a campaign statement and later in an interview. A campaign spokesman said that "Jason has long supported marriage equality, and has said so to anyone who asked him. He doesn't think we should ever be in a position of telling churches what to do, but has long been on the record in support of civil marriage equality."

The statement came in response to an editorial in The GA Voice that criticized him for sidestepping the issue, despite attending various LGBT-related events.

Carter himself later said, "I have, for a very long time, supported marriage equality. Everybody who knows me knows where I stand on the issue. I haven't had a conversion. I do think it's important for people to know that no one in the movement is talking about telling churches what to do. But as far as the government is concerned, marriage equality is something I have believed in for a very, very, very long time since before I got into politics."

Source: The Huffington Post on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race Aug 6, 2014

Michelle Nunn: Support equal pay, and do it now

People should get paid for the work the do--not who they are.

Equal pay is respect for hard work, and every minute we let go by without it hurts Georgia families.

We should be able to come together in a bipartisan way to make life better for millions of Americans--and grow our economy in the process.

But Congress isn't going to act on its own. That's why it's crucial for all of us to speak out about how important it is to support equal pay, and to do it now.

Urge Congress to support equal pay now, without delay: Families in Georgia and across the nation need our help today.

Source: 2014 Georgia Senate campaign website, MichelleNunn.com Jul 2, 2014

Paul Broun: 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.

Broun: Strongly Agree

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

David Perdue: Uphold Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

As for supporting or opposing the right of same-sex Georgians to marry, Perdue said Georgians have already passed a constitutional amendment banning that action.

"As a senator, I've got to uphold that, so I support that, whatever the law of the land is in Georgia," he said. "As a U.S. senator, I'm not going to get involved in state decisions like this. It's a constitutional amendment. If that changes, then I will support that with the population.

Source: Marietta Daily Journal on 2014 Georgia Senate race Feb 16, 2014

Vernon Jones: Constitutional amendment defining marriage

Q: Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?

A: Yes.

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Alan Keyes: Public display of the Ten Commandments is a state’s right

Some members of Congress are at work on bills that, using the power the Constitution gives them, will remove from the purview of the federal courts that ought to be reserved to the states and the people by the First Amendment! They have no right to tell us we cannot pray! They have no power to tell us we cannot put the Ten Commandments in our schools and in our public buildings! They have no constitutional authority to stand in the way of our reverence for God in and through our state institutions!
Source: Rally in Blairsville, Georgia Oct 21, 2003

Jim Martin: Support affirmative action consistent with federal law

Q: On Affirmative Action: Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

A: Support affirmative action programs which are consistent with federal law.

Source: 2000 Georgia National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Jim Martin: Civil unions ok; but not same-sex marriage

Q: Should Georgia include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Georgia recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Georgia restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

Source: 2000 Georgia National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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