State of Missouri Archives: on Civil Rights


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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