State of Louisiana Archives: on Civil Rights


Clay Higgins: FactCheck: Biblical marriage includes polygamy and chattel

Clay Higgins, the Representative-Elect from Louisiana's 3rd congressional district, says, "I define marriage Biblically, as between one man and one woman." So we looked up some Biblical definitions of marriage:We doubt that Rep.-Elect Higgins believes in polygamy, concubinage, female inferiority, or wives as chattel--so perhaps he should more carefully define "Biblical marriage."
Source: OnTheIssues FactCheck on 2016 Louisiana House campaign Dec 12, 2016

Clay Higgins: I define marriage Biblically: one man and one woman

I define marriage Biblically, as between one man and one woman. That being said, I do not believe that love can be statutorily defined and I support every Americans right to pursue happiness as they see fit regarding the choice of whom they love. I have one very good gay friend; he lives in Nevada. If he decides to get married, within the legal parameters of his State, and if he invites me to the wedding, I'll attend if I am able. However, although I support the individuals freedom to marry I also support a States right to regulate marriage and its definition according to the will of the people of that state. Further, I stand opposed to any state or federal mandate that requires an American citizen to betray their own moral fabric and be forced to participate in any endeavor or ceremony which is inconsistent with their religious convictions. Non-Traditional marriage is both an individual's rights issue and a States rights issue. I stand firmly rooted in my Constitutionally sound position on both.
Source: 2016 Louisiana House campaign website CaptainHiggins.com Dec 10, 2016

Foster Campbell: Oppose same-sex marriage, but respect Supreme Court ruling

Q: Do you support same-sex marriage?

A: No. My personal convictions inform my belief that religious marriage is between a man and woman. However, I do respect the Supreme Court and its decision on this matter. I will keep my oath to uphold the constitution and, above all, I will treat all my constituents and all the American people with respect.

Source: VoteSmart 2016 Louisiana Senate Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2016

Thomas Clements: Support Equal Rights Amendment

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

A: Equal Rights Amendment can support basic principles that are embodied in our society.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

Thomas Clements: Get government out of marriage business

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

A: Leave people alone, get government out of marriage business.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Louisiana Senate race by OnTheIssues Jul 31, 2016

John Bel Edwards: Supreme Court decided: issue same-sex marriage licenses

The WDSU anchor asked whether Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk of court, acted correctly in refusing to award marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Five of the six candidates said they sided with Davis, who briefly went to prison rather than issue the licenses. "I don't believe anyone is free to deny those marriage licenses once the Supreme Court has ruled," said Edwards, the lone dissenter. "Anarchy would result." Edwards added that he personally did not support same-sex marriages.
Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on 2015 Louisiana Gubernatorial debate Oct 1, 2015

Garret Graves: 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?

GRAVES: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Ralph Abraham: 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?

ABRAHAM: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Louisiana House race Sep 30, 2014

Jeff Landry: Keep traditional marriage as one man and one woman

I believe in traditional marriage. I support keeping the definition of marriage as one man and one woman.

I believe that the family is and always has been and will continue to be the backbone of American life. As a member of Congress, I would pursue policies that strengthen the family and oppose those that weaken it.

Source: 2010 House campaign website landryforlouisiana.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Charles Melancon: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act fights women's discrimination

Fireworks erupted when the candidates were asked if the law should guarantee women equal pay for doing the same work as men. While Melancon and Vitter both said they support equal pay, Melancon used the question as a springboard to attack Vitter for a range of votes that Melancon characterized as anti-woman, including against a bill to give women more time to file suit when they think they've been victims of pay discrimination. "We deserve a senator who respects women and stands up for women," Melancon said.

Vitter called the charge "a complete misrepresentation of my record," and said he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 because he thought it was a sop to plaintiff's lawyers. "Quite frankly it's a trial lawyer bonanza," Vitter said.

Source: NOLA.com coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

David Vitter: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was a trial lawyer bonanza

Fireworks erupted when the candidates were asked if the law should guarantee women equal pay for doing the same work as men. While Melancon and Vitter both said they support equal pay, Melancon used the question as a springboard to attack Vitter for a range of votes that Melancon characterized as anti-woman, including against a bill to give women more time to file suit when they think they've been victims of pay discrimination. "We deserve a senator who respects women and stands up for women," Melancon said.

Vitter called the charge "a complete misrepresentation of my record," and said he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in 2009 because he thought it was a sop to plaintiff's lawyers. "Quite frankly it's a trial lawyer bonanza," Vitter said.

Source: NOLA.com coverage of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 28, 2010

Jay Dardenne: OpEd: Mixed record on gender identity issues

The Louisiana Electorate of Gays and Lesbians, Inc. rated Dardenne 50% on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity issues for the 1993-1995 legislative session, indicating a mixed record on GLBT rights.

Their self-description: "Louisiana Electorate of Gays And Lesbians (LEGAL) is a statewide, not-for-profit lesbian and gay human rights organization. Since 1993 LEGAL has been working for the equal rights of Louisiana's lesbians and gay men, utilizing intelligent planning, uncommon strategies and innovative ideas. LEGAL organizes throughout the state, advocates civic action, and works with local human rights groups for the civil liberties and safety of all of Louisiana's lesbians and gay men."

Source: VoteSmart ratings for 2015-2016 Louisiana gubernatorial race Nov 1, 1995

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