State of New York Archives: on Civil Rights


Elizabeth Warren: We need a reliable vote for equal pay for equal work

As in their previous two debates, Warren cast Brown as an unreliable vote on women's issues, though she did so more crisply than before. In a direct appeal to women, she said that when Brown had the chance to vote for equal pay for equal work, he voted no; when he had the chance to vote for employers and insurers to pay for coverage for contraception, he voted no; when he had the chance to vote for a Supreme Court justice who supported abortion rights, he voted no. "The women of Massachusetts need a senator they can count on--not some of the time but all of the time," she said. Whether abortion remains legal, she said, "may hang in the balance."

Brown shot back that "I didn't vote for your boss," a reference to Justice Elena Kagan, who was dean of the Harvard Law School. He said Kagan didn't have the requisite judicial experience.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2012 Mass. Senate debates Oct 11, 2012

Wendy Long: The Democrats cooked up this whole phony "war on women"

The Post today endorses the candidacy of Wendy Long, a lawyer, former congressional aide and longtime conservative activist, for the GOP nod. She has a long record of involvement on the national level and on national issues. Long, as she herself notes, is better positioned to fight "this whole phony war-on-women thing that the Democrats are cooking up."
Source: Press Release of 2012 N.Y. Senate debate Jun 21, 2012

Wendy Long: Would never attend a same-sex marriage ceremony

At the Republican debate sponsored by Time Warner Cable's Capital Tonight Show and NY1, Wendy Long said she doesn't feel 'that there are any conservative activists on the current Supreme Court'. She also said she would never attend a same-sex marriage ceremony, despite being a staunch 'women's rights activist'.
Source: PR Newswire coverage of 2012 N.Y. Senate debate Jun 18, 2012

Bob Turner: The ship has sailed on gay marriage; focus elsewhere

Over all, the debate showcased far more policy similarities than differences--all three candidates said they supported hydraulic fracturing, for instance. But they tussled ever so slightly even in areas where they agreed, like same-sex marriage.

Maragos criticized Wendy Long for not publicly advocating the repeal of same-sex marriage in New York. Long said that was not her role, given that she was not a state lawmaker, but Maragos pressed further, saying it was her duty, since she had the backing of the State Conservative Party--a distinction that Long has eagerly publicized.

Turner was not eager to discuss the subject. "This ship has sailed in New York," he said. "I want to keep the focus on jobs and the economy. The Gillibrand record, the Obama record--that's what this is going to be about."

In a lightning round of questions, Long said she would refuse to attend a same-sex wedding on principle.

Source: New York Times on 2012 N.Y. Senate debates Jun 17, 2012

George Maragos: Publicly advocate the repeal of same-sex marriage

Over all, the debate showcased far more policy similarities than differences--all three candidates said they supported hydraulic fracturing, for instance. But they tussled ever so slightly even in areas where they agreed, like same-sex marriage.

Maragos criticized Wendy Long for not publicly advocating the repeal of same-sex marriage in New York. Long said that was not her role, given that she was not a state lawmaker, but Maragos pressed further, saying it was her duty, since she had the backing of the State Conservative Party--a distinction that Long has eagerly publicized.

Turner was not eager to discuss the subject. "This ship has sailed in New York," he said. "I want to keep the focus on jobs and the economy. The Gillibrand record, the Obama record--that's what this is going to be about."

In a lightning round of questions, Long said she would refuse to attend a same-sex wedding on principle.

Source: New York Times on 2012 N.Y. Senate debates Jun 17, 2012

Andrew Cuomo: Supports same-sex marriage and same rights of marriage

Friday, June 24, 2011 marked a momentous day in the history of our great State, with the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry under the law, and the hundreds of accompanying rights, benefits, and protections that have previously been limited to married couples of the opposite sex.
Source: N.Y. 2011 gubernatorial press release "Marriage Equality" Jul 24, 2011

Hakeem Jeffries: Supports affirmative action in state hiring & college

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

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?

A: Yes.

Q: Should New York continue affirmative action programs?

A: Yes.

Source: N.Y. Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Howard Mills: Reduce regulations on private sector

Source: 2000 N.Y. National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 2000

Howard Mills: Include sexual orientation in discrimination & hate crimes

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

A: Yes.

Q: Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, or disability be prosecuted as hate crimes?

A: Yes.

Source: 2000 N.Y. National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 2000

Howard Mills: Restrict marriage to one man and one woman

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

A: Yes.

Source: 2000 N.Y. National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 2000

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