State of Missouri Archives: on Civil Rights


Peter Kinder: No federal say over trans-gendered bathroom laws

Peter Kinder issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Justice's lawsuit against North Carolina over enforcement of the state's so-called "bathroom law":

"By inserting itself into North Carolina's lawmaking, the Obama Justice Department is overstepping its authority in violation of the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. It justifies this overreach by unilaterally redefining federal anti-discrimination law, something only Congress has the authority to do. The Attorney General and her DOJ cohorts are threatening action against North Carolina for the 'crime' of wanting to designate bathrooms in government buildings for men and women only. If the federal government can force states to bow to its command over bathroom policies, is there anything beyond its reach? I stand with North Carolina and Gov. Pat McCrory, to stand up to this federal abuse of power. This issue goes way beyond North Carolina. It is an unprecedented assault on our privacy and safety."

Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website PeterKinder.com May 10, 2016

Lester Turilli: Equal opportunity for women and minorities

Q: Your comments on the statement, "Legally require hiring more women and minorities"?

A: Women and minorities should have equal opportunity for employment. ˇ As a small business owner, I understand all issues and situations surrounding the hiring of employees.

Source: Email interview on 2016 Missouri candidacy by OnTheIssues Apr 25, 2016

Catherine Hanaway: Support SJR39: Religious liberty trumps gay marriage

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. His three rivals for the GOP nomination--Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner--have all come out in support.

Opponents of the proposal say its passage could cost Missouri jobs as businesses and other organizations already are hinting of boycotts. Proponents of the measure say the state Constitution already protects members of the clergy from perming ceremonies that oppose their religious beliefs.

SJR 39 is backed by conservatives because they say it safeguards those who oppose gay marriage. Many Democrats oppose it precisely because they view the measure as a legal permit to discriminate against same-sex couples. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race Apr 19, 2016

Chris Koster: Oppose SJR39: gay discrimination isn't religious liberty

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. His three rivals for the GOP nomination--Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner--have all come out in support.

Opponents of the proposal say its passage could cost Missouri jobs as businesses and other organizations already are hinting of boycotts. Proponents of the measure say the state Constitution already protects members of the clergy from perming ceremonies that oppose their religious beliefs.

SJR 39 is backed by conservatives because they say it safeguards those who oppose gay marriage. Many Democrats oppose it precisely because they view the measure as a legal permit to discriminate against same-sex couples. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race Apr 19, 2016

Eric Greitens: Anti-gay "religious liberty" amendment threatens jobs

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. Greitens came out against the controversial constitutional amendment that would legally shield people from selling services to same-sex couples. The state Senate has approved the proposal, and the Republican-led House is now considering it.

"I don't believe this legislation is the right approach," Greitens said in a statement. "I oppose SJR 39 because I believe that while it is well-intentioned, it could unintentionally threaten our economy and job creation. Here in Missouri, we are already 47th in job growth and 42nd in wage growth. We simply cannot afford more policies from Jeff City that have the potential to kill jobs."

His three rivals for the GOP nomination -- Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner -- have all come out in support. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race Apr 19, 2016

John Brunner: Let clergy choose to decline to perform gay marriages

Eric Greitens now stands alone on SJR 39, at least among GOP candidates for governor. His three rivals for the GOP nomination--Peter Kinder, Catherine Hanaway and John Brunner--have all come out in support.

Opponents of the proposal say its passage could cost Missouri jobs as businesses and other organizations already are hinting of boycotts. Proponents of the measure say the state Constitution already protects members of the clergy from perming ceremonies that oppose their religious beliefs.

SJR 39 is backed by conservatives because they say it safeguards those who oppose gay marriage. Many Democrats oppose it precisely because they view the measure as a legal permit to discriminate against same-sex couples. Chris Koster, the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor, also opposes SJR 39.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri governor race Apr 19, 2016

Jay Nixon: Combat employment & housing discrimination against LGBTs

In July, I signed an executive order to ensure compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision establishing a right to same-sex marriage. No one should be discriminated against because of who they love. We've come a long way on this issue, but there is more to be done. It is unacceptable that Missourians can still be fired for being gay. That's wrong, it's not who we are--and it must change. I repeat my call for the General Assembly to pass the Missouri Non-discrimination Act, which would prohibit discrimination against LGBT Missourians in employment, housing and public accommodations.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Missouri legislature Jan 20, 2016

Chris Koster: Equality and inclusion should include same-sex couples

Attorney General Chris Koster released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges: "The history of our country has always been one of moving toward inclusion and equality. I applaud the court for their courage and strong sense of fairness. Missourians should be seen as equals under the law; regardless of their gender, race, or whom they love."
Source: 2016 Missouri gubernatorial campaign website press reelase Jun 26, 2015

Chris Koster: Judges can allow same-sex marriage despite voter amendment

Koster was first out of the gate with his decision not to challenge the ruling of Jackson County Judge Dale Youngs, who said the state must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples wed in other states. Republican leaders quickly called on Koster to defend the state constitution, which voters amended in 2004 to ban same-sex marriages with 71% support.

Koster cited legal reasons to not weigh in. But conservatives smelled politics. They pointed to statements Koster made in June when he announced that he backs same-sex marriage. But he also acknowledged his obligation to "defend the laws of the state of Missouri," including its gay marriage ban, no matter what.

Koster's apparent pivot this month could be the result of the increasing pressure he's under from leaders of his own party.

Source: Kansas City Star on 2016 Missouri gubernatorial race Oct 17, 2014

Jay Nixon: Partnership for Hope: for Missourians with disabilities

We've shown that we can work together to create better opportunities for all Missourians. Just look at what we're doing--together--to serve Missourians with disabilities and mental illness. In 2010, we passed landmark legislation to require insurance companies to cover the diagnosis and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders--and because of this law, 1.6 million Missourians have coverage for these proven treatments.

Our Partnership for Hope continues to be a tremendous and life-changing success for thousands of Missourians with developmental disabilities. My budget expands this vital program to even more Missourians, in more communities across the state. For years, thousands of Missourians with developmental disabilities were forced to wait months- often years--to get the in-home Medicaid services they needed. And now I'm proud to report, this year that waiting list will no longer exist. Our friends and neighbors will now get the life-changing services they need, when they need them.

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Missouri legislature Jan 21, 2014

Claire McCaskill: FactCheck: Akin's female staff are not paid as much as men

McCaskill's closing remarks included, "His women staff make 23% less than the men in his office." Does Akin underpay his female staff members?

The I-Team checked salary numbers. Over his 12 years in Congress, Akin paid men an average of $15,872 per quarter. Women on average made $12,152 per quarter. That is a difference of $3,720, or 31%--even bigger difference than McCaskill's campaign came up with. So on this claim, we say: true.

We did take a look at McCaskill's Senate staff salaries. We found she pays women an average of $24,405 per 6-month period. Men are paid an average of $23,966. That's a difference of $439, or 2%.

The I-Team asked Akin's office to weigh in on the discrepancies. His spokesman says there's no policy dictating a difference in pay between men and women on the staff. He also says the congressman's chief of staff is a woman who was hired as a front desk employee and promoted. The Akin camp also says right now, its female staff makes 14% more than the men.

Source: KSDK-5 TV FactCheck on 2012 Missouri Senate AdWatch debate Oct 26, 2012

Todd Akin: No policy to pay female staff less than men (but he does)

McCaskill's closing remarks included, "His women staff make 23% less than the men in his office." Does Akin underpay his female staff members?

The I-Team checked salary numbers. Over his 12 years in Congress, Akin paid men an average of $15,872 per quarter. Women on average made $12,152 per quarter. That is a difference of $3,720, or 31%--even bigger difference than McCaskill's campaign came up with. So on this claim, we say: true.

We did take a look at McCaskill's Senate staff salaries. We found she pays women an average of $24,405 per 6-month period. Men are paid an average of $23,966. That's a difference of $439, or 2%.

The I-Team asked Akin's office to weigh in on the discrepancies. His spokesman says there's no policy dictating a difference in pay between men and women on the staff. He also says the congressman's chief of staff is a woman who was hired as a front desk employee and promoted. The Akin camp also says right now, its female staff makes 14% more than the men.

Source: KSDK-5 TV FactCheck on 2012 Missouri Senate AdWatch debate Oct 26, 2012

Claire McCaskill: Women shouldn't get paid less simply because they're women

McCaskill said women in Akin's employ the past 12 years had earned an average of 23.4 percent less than men. "He supports the boss being able to decide whether or not you get paid less simply because you are a woman," she said.

Akin did not respond directly to McCaskill's assertion, but has said he believes pay should be left to the discretion of employers. Akin said McCaskill must share the blame for the slumping economy and growing national debt.

Source: Reuters on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Todd Akin: Women's pay should be left to discretion of employers

McCaskill said women in Akin's employ the past 12 years had earned an average of 23.4 percent less than men. "He supports the boss being able to decide whether or not you get paid less simply because you are a woman," she said.

Akin did not respond directly to McCaskill's assertion, but has said he believes pay should be left to the discretion of employers. Akin said McCaskill must share the blame for the slumping economy and growing national debt.

Source: Reuters on 2012 Missouri Senate debate Oct 19, 2012

Catherine Hanaway: No affirmative action in state employment or contracting

Q: Should state government agencies should take race and sex into account in. College and university admissions?

A: No.

Q: Public employment?

A: No.

Q: State contracting?

A: No.

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Catherine Hanaway: No same-sex marriage; no gay hate crime laws

Q: Do you believe that the Missouri government should include sexual orientation in Missouri's anti-discrimination laws?

A: No.

Q: Do you believe that the Missouri government should recognize same-sex marriages?

A: No.

Source: Missouri Legislative 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Nancy Farmer: Prosecute discrimination and fund desegregation

Source: 1996 Missouri National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

Nancy Farmer: Recognize same-sex marriages

Source: 1996 Missouri National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1996

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