State of Georgia Archives: on Civil Rights

Hunter Hill: Supports Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Gov. Nathan Deal has made it clear he would veto a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say is designed to discriminate against the LGBT community. Would Hill sign a RFRA into law if he were governor?

"I would sign into law the bill that looks like the religious liberty bill at the federal level that was enacted in the mid-'90s, the same bill that Gov. Deal voted on as a congressman," Hill said.

Source: Marietta Daily Journal on 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race Apr 28, 2017

Jon Ossoff: Fight discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation

As our representative in Congress, Jon will fight tirelessly against discrimination, hate speech, or violence against Americans on the basis of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or place of birth.

Jon will stand up for due process and equal treatment under law for all of us, regardless of race or income level. Jon will honor law enforcement and stand up for Georgians who are mistreated by the criminal justice system.

Source: 2017 Georgia House campaign website, Apr 21, 2017

Jim Barksdale: Eradicate anti-LGBTQ discrimination codified in legal code

Legislation passed in North Carolina aimed at the LGBTQ community threatens to codify discrimination where it does not belong--inside of our legal codes. Jim is opposed to discrimination in every form and as a U.S. Senator, he will be an ally in the effort to eradicate it from our society.
Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Aug 31, 2016

Jim Barksdale: The gender wage gap is a real economic crisis

Jim feels strongly that we as a nation must live up to our ideals and today, that means ensuring all who live in this country, including women, are treated justly and fairly, as espoused by Eleanor Roosevelt in the first article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights."

We cannot continue to have women paid fractions compared to their male counterparts. In Georgia, women earn 82 cents for every dollar earned by men, and for women of color the disparities are even more stark. The wage gap is a real economic crisis and has to be addressed by our elected leaders in Washington.

In Georgia, 562,000 households are headed by women. Eliminating an unfair wage gap would give a much needed boost to Georgian families who need to pay rent, buy a car to get to work, save for retirement and educate their children.

Source: 2016 Georgia Senate campaign website Aug 8, 2016

Nathan Deal: Welcome everyone, instead of "religious liberty"

Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed the "religious liberty" bill that triggered a wave of criticism from gay rights groups and business leaders. In a press conference at the state Capitol, Deal said House Bill 757 doesn't reflect Georgia's welcoming image as a state full of "warm, friendly and loving people"--and warned critics that he doesn't respond well to threats of payback for rejecting the measure.

The governor's veto infuriated religious conservatives who considered the measure, House Bill 757, their top priority. Last year's Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex weddings galvanized their efforts. In stark terms, the governor said earlier this year that he would reject any measure that "allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith." Rooting his critique in biblical language, he urged fellow Republicans to take a deep breath and "recognize that the world is changing around us."

Source: AJC on Georgia legislative voting records: HB 757 Apr 9, 2016

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, 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, 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: 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, 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

Derrick Grayson: Government ain't got no business being involved in marriage

A softened stance on same-sex marriage seems nearly impossible in the ultra-conservative political landscape of Georgia--especially given the fact that Michelle Nunn, the presumed Democratic candidate, won't even voice support for the liberal bedrock. However, Grayson has managed to find his footing on a middle ground.

"The government ain't got no business being involved in marriage," he claims. "Any laws that deal with marriage that are on the government's rolls need to be rescinded. Marriage is a church thing; that's a religious thing. If there are gay people out there that want to get married, let them find a gay church."

In the spirit of a truly unbiased constitutionalist, Grayson goes on to express his approval of civil unions in the eyes of the law. "Let me be clear now--I do not support same-sex unions as a Christian, but I would not stand in the way of two individuals if that's what they want to do," he says. "If that is their pursuit of happiness, then I want them to have it."

Source: on 2016 Georgia Senate race Mar 24, 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

Sonny Perdue: Activist judges should let people define marriage

Governor Sonny Perdue issued the following statement today regarding the striking down of Georgia's Same Sex Marriage Amendment [A voter referendum supported limiting marriage in Georgia to one man and one woman; a court ruling overturned that referendum vote].

"I am very disappointed by this decision to countermand the people of Georgia's voice in defining marriage in our state as a union between a man and a woman. This decision highlights the effect activist judges can have on our system of governance. The people of Georgia knew exactly what they were doing when an overwhelming 76% voted in support of this constitutional amendment. It is sad that a single judge has chosen to reverse their decision. I am carefully assessing the options to ensure that the will of the people will not be thwarted."

Source: Governor of Georgia press release on Same Sex Marriage May 16, 2006

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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