State of Montana Archives: on Civil Rights


John Walsh: Voted against NAACP staffer's appointment to Dept.of Justice

John Adams represented British soldiers accused of murder in the Boston Massacre. He saved their lives. Twenty-five years later, Adams was elected the second President of the United States.

Debo P. Adegbile's office, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, represented Mumia Abu-Jamal, a black Philadelphia journalist accused of murdering a police officer. They proved that Abu-Jamal's death sentence violated the United States Constitution. They saved his life as his sentence was reduced to life without possibility of parole.

For his work, which was in the tradition of John Adams, the U.S. Senate denied Adegbile's appointment to be head of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division. He lost by three votes. Sen. John Walsh cast one of those votes.

If courage is to be the centerpiece of Walsh's campaign, then he should demonstrate it on the floor of the Senate.

Source: The Missoulian on 2014 Montana Senate race Mar 11, 2014

Amanda Curtis: Repeal state ban on sodomy; make gay sex legal

38 legislators in the Montana state House voted on Monday to keep sex between gay people illegal, a fact that elicited a stinging rebuke from state Rep. Amanda Curtis in a video:

"The good news," according to Curtis, is that that the bill--designed to repeal a law that targets gay individuals--will move forward in the state House after a 60-38 vote. "The bad news is that there are 38 people in the House who think that's how their district wants them to vote, or they are not listening to their district and believe so strongly that gays should be felons that they have a moral obligation to keep it that way."

Curtis said it was hard for her to hold herself back from walking "across the floor" during debate on the bill in order to "punch" her colleague, state Rep. Krayton Kerns, who "insinuated that if you are gay you do not have a moral character." In 1997, the state Supreme Court ruled that the 40-year-old ban on sodomy was unconstitutional, but the state legislature has yet to repeal the statute.

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Montana Senate race Apr 9, 2013

Champ Edmunds: Marriage between one man and one woman

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Montana's anti-discrimination laws?

A: No.

Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Sam Rankin: Supports same-sex marriage

Q: Do you support same-sex marriage?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Sam Rankin: Phase out affirmative action over 5-year period

I would support a phasing out of affirmative action over a 5 + - year period. Born in the 60's to redress generations of unfair treatment of minorities and women, its aim was recruiting qualified minorities to give them an opportunity without guaranteeing the results. It is now close to a quota system, which is unacceptable.
Source: 2012 Montana House campaign website, srankin.qwestoffice.net Oct 14, 2011

Michael Lange: No same-sex marriage

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?

A: No.

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

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Michael Lange: No race and gender in federal contracting decisions

Q: Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?

A: No.

Q: Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?

A: No.

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Source: Montana Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Stan Jones: Patriot Act cost us our Fourth Amendment rights

Q: What do you think about Executive Authority with regards to warrantless wiretapping?

TESTER: It deals with the freedoms that so many people have fought and died for. If we want to get serious about the War on Terror, we need to make the investments to fight the war on terror. We ought not be taking rights away from honest citizens.

JONES: eíve lost our Fourth Amendment rights; now thereís no protection to our privacy. Senator, youíre telling me Iím guilty of being a terrorist first. All you have to do is accuse me, and the Patriot Act applies to me, and Iím guilty and have to prove Iím innocent. Youíve turned our legal system upside down. We have to turn this off.

BURNS: The Patriot Act is a tool that is in place now for drug kingpins and organized crime. Why donít you want that extended to terrorists? If you repeal it, there goes the Meth Control Act, and the ability to monitor international phone calls from known numbers of people who want to kill us.

Source: 2006 Montana 3-way Senate Debate at MSU Oct 9, 2006

Judy Martz: Return human remains to Indian nations

Our pursuit of economic growth must include Native Americans. For the first Montanans, I am committed to improving the quality of life on our reservations. I have pledged to visit every reservation in Montana by the end of summer to better understand their needs, but more importantly their culture.

In the meantime, please send to my desk immediately HB 165, which will ensure the return of human remains to our Indian nations. There is nothing more sacred than burial, no matter what color you are.

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Montana Legislature Jan 25, 2001

Corey Stapleton: No affirmative action in state hiring or colleges

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

A: No.

Q: Public employment?

A: No.

Q: State contracting?

A: No.

Source: 2000 Montana State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

Corey Stapleton: No civil unions; no gay marriage

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: Yes.

Source: 2000 Montana State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

John Bohlinger: No anti-gay discrimination, but no same-sex marriage

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

A: Yes.

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

A: No.

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

John Bohlinger: Undecided on affirmative action at state institutions

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

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