State of Nebraska Archives: on Civil Rights


Peter Ricketts: Marriage is the union of one woman and one man

SANCTITY OF MARRIAGE: Pete believes that marriage is the union of one woman and one man and will fight to protect the sanctity of marriage.
Source: 2014 Nebraska Governor campaign website, PeteRicketts.com Nov 4, 2014

Dave Domina: End gender paycheck inequity & all gender favoritism

Statistically, current evidence suggests that women's compensation lags behind men for similar positions. In 2010, women working full-time earned 77 cents for every dollar earned by men working full time. There is no logic and no sound basis whatsoever for any argument that women should be paid less than men for the same work. I have heard no one argue that compensation for similar work should vary with gender. These rules should be a basic part of the law:
Source: 2014 Nebraska Senate campaign website, DaveDomina.com Sep 1, 2014

Shane Osborn: 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.

Osborn: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Nebraska Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Ben Sasse: Kids are best raised in a world with one mother & one father

The candidates were asked about the federal government's role when state laws conflict, such as the differing rules on same-sex marriage. Sasse said government's interest in marriage is ensuring that children are raised with a parent of each gender. "It's empirically obvious that kids are best raised in a world with one mother and one father," he said. He said other questions, such as civil unions, are better left to the states. "The government is not interested in who your best friend is," he said.

Domina disagreed with Sasse's overall assessment of same-sex marriage. "I am aware of no data to suggest that on a consistent basis that children have a better outcome with a single mother and father living together than children with two fathers or two mothers," he said. He said that the government should address these issues only insofar as they affect taxes. It should stay out of private matters, Domina said.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate Jun 2, 2014

Ben Sasse: Children are best raised by a father and mother

Asked if the federal government should address conflicting state and federal laws on same-sex marriage, Sasse said he believes in traditional marriage and children are best raised by a father and mother and doesn't believe the government should be in the business of defining marriage.

Domina disagreed, saying it's the responsibility of government to define marriage. He said he's not aware of any studies showing children fare better with a mother and father than with two fathers or single parents.

Source: WatchDog.org on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate Jun 2, 2014

Dave Domina: Government should stay out of private matters like marriage

The candidates were asked about the federal government's role when state laws conflict, such as the differing rules on same-sex marriage. Sasse said government's interest in marriage is ensuring that children are raised with a parent of each gender. "It's empirically obvious that kids are best raised in a world with one mother and one father," he said. He said other questions, such as civil unions, are better left to the states. "The government is not interested in who your best friend is," he said.

Domina disagreed with Sasse's overall assessment of same-sex marriage. "I am aware of no data to suggest that on a consistent basis that children have a better outcome with a single mother and father living together than children with two fathers or two mothers," he said. He said that the government should address these issues only insofar as they affect taxes. It should stay out of private matters, Domina said.

Source: Omaha World-Herald on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate Jun 2, 2014

Dave Domina: Feds SHOULD define marriage, but not as one-man-one-woman

Asked if the federal government should address conflicting state and federal laws on marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage, Sasse said he believes in traditional marriage and children are best raised by a father and mother and doesn't believe the government should be in the business of defining marriage. The feds also shouldn't be involved in regulating marijuana--that should be left to local authorities, he said.

Domina disagreed, saying it's the responsibility of government to define marriage, noting that a couple dozen states have legalized same-sex marriage. He said he's not aware of any studies showing children fare better with a mother and father than with two mothers, two fathers or single parents. As for pot, he said the feds need to address the situation where the drug is legal in Colorado but not in neighboring states, while federal law bans the transport of illegal drugs.

Source: WatchDog.org on 2014 Nebraska Senate debate Jun 2, 2014

Ben Sasse: Don't redefine one-man-one-woman marriage

Strong marriages, traditional families, and local communities are critical to the well-being of any civilization--and especially to a republic. What does this mean?
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, SasseForNebraska.com, "Issues" Nov 14, 2013

Steven Larrick: Sexual orientation & gender identity in discrimination laws

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Steven Larrick: Allow same-sex couples to marry

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

A: Yes.

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

A: No.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Steven Larrick: Continue affirmative action programs

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

A: Yes.

Q: Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?

A: Yes.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 25, 2008

Mike Johanns: Define marriage as between a man and a woman

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: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 3, 2008

Mike Johanns: No affirmative action

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.

Source: Nebraska Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jun 3, 2008

Jon Bruning: No affirmative action in public employment or contracting

Which of the following state agencies should take race and sex into account when making employment decisions?

Q: Public employment?

A: No.

Q: State contracting?

A: No.

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

Jon Bruning: No civil unions; no same-sex marriage

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: Yes.

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

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