State of Pennsylvania Archives: on Civil Rights


Everett Stern: Affirmative action is unconstitutional

Q: Do you support or oppose. `Legally require hiring more women/minorities`?

A: Oppose. I do not believe affirmative action is constitutional.˙

Source: E-mail interview on 2016 PA Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 2, 2015

Everett Stern: Federal government out of gay rights issues

Q: Do you support or oppose. `Comfortable with same-sex marriage`?

A: Strongly Support. I do not believe the Federal government should interfere [in issues of] gay rights.˙

Source: E-mail interview on 2016 PA Senate race with OnTheIssues Nov 2, 2015

Katie McGinty: Morally wrong to fire gays simply because of who they are

Katie McGinty has urged passage of an anti-discrimination bill to send a national message that Pennsylvania does not support discriminate based on sexual orientation. House and Senate Bill 300 would make it illegal for employers or landlords to discriminate in employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations solely based on a person's sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Katie McGinty says: "Pennsylvania is the only state in the Northeast where gay and transgender citizens can be fired, denied a mortgage, or refused a hotel room simply because of who they are. This is morally wrong. It also hurts Pennsylvania economically, as employers and businesses are less likely to relocate to a state where their employees can be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation. It's time to pass House and Senate Bill 300 to send a message that Pennsylvania will no longer tolerate discrimination against its fellow citizens."

Source: 2014 PA gubernatorial campaign website, KatieMcGinty.com Nov 1, 2014

Katie McGinty: Marriage equality so all can marry the person they love

Katie McGinty strongly supports legislation to allow marriage equality in Pennsylvania--so all Pennsylvanians are allowed to marry the person they love. Katie believes The Pennsylvania Marriage Equality Act is about equality and fairness.

Katie believes too many Pennsylvanians are disadvantaged within their home state. She believes same-sex couples in Pennsylvania should have the same opportunity to marry as other Pennsylvanians enjoy.

Katie called Governor Corbett's comments comparing marriage between same-sex couples to incest as shockingly offensive. She called on Corbett to offer an apology to the people of Pennsylvania for his remarks.

In June 2013, Katie supported the Supreme Court rulings striking down the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissing California's Proposition 8. Katie said, "Fairness and compassion won. Now is the time for the Commonwealth to follow suit and pass legislation affirming marriage equality for all Pennsylvanians.

Source: 2014 PA gubernatorial campaign website, KatieMcGinty.com Nov 1, 2014

Bob Casey: Right ongoing wrongs in college admissions

On the Supreme Court review of race and college admissions, Casey said he hoped the court would not limit efforts to "right ongoing wrongs." Smith said people should be judged by character, not by skin color.

Asked about wage disparities between men and women, Casey noted his support for a bill that would require employers to prove that differences in pay are not gender-related. He also noted he voted for a 2009 law that expands the ability of a worker to sue over pay inequity.

Source: Cumberlink Sentinel on 2012 PA Senate debate Oct 26, 2012

Tom Smith: Equal pay for equal work

On the U.S. Supreme Court review of race and college admissions, Casey said he hoped the court would not limit efforts to "right ongoing wrongs." Smith said people should be judged by character, not by skin color.

Asked about wage disparities between men and women, Smith said he believes in equal pay for equal work. Casey noted his support for a bill that Republicans are blocking that would require employers to prove that differences in pay are not gender-related.

Source: Cumberlink Sentinel on 2012 PA Senate debate Oct 26, 2012

Barack Obama: Apply affirmative action to poor white college applicants

Q: You said about affirmative action that affluent African Americans like your daughters should probably be treated as advantaged when they apply to college, and that poor white children should get special consideration.

A: The basic principle that should guide discussions not just on affirmative action but how we are admitting young people to college generally is, how do we make sure that we’re providing ladders of opportunity for people? Race is still a factor in our society. And I think that for universities to say, “we’re going to take into account the hardships that somebody has experienced because they’re black or Latino or women...”

Q: Even if they’re wealthy?

A: I think that’s something that they can take into account, but it can only be in the context of looking at the whole situation of the young person. So I still believe in affirmative action as a means of overcoming both historic and potentially current discrimination, but I think that it can’t be a quota system.

Source: 2008 Philadelphia primary debate, on eve of PA primary Apr 16, 2008

Ed Rendell: Recognize civil unions

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

A: Yes.

Source: 2006 PA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Ed Rendell: Affirmative action in state contracts and colleges

Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:

Q: College and university admissions

A: Yes.

Q: Public employment

A: Yes.

Q: State contracting

A: Yes.

Source: 2006 PA Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2006

Arlen Specter: Oppose gay marriage but support civil union

I oppose gay marriage but support civil union.
Source: 2004 PA Senate debate, in Philadelphia Inquirer Oct 10, 2004

Betsy Summers: Support gay marriage

I support gay marriage.
Source: 2004 PA Senate debate, in Philadelphia Inquirer Oct 10, 2004

Jim Clymer: Oppose gay marriage and also oppose civil union

I oppose gay marriage and also oppose civil union.
Source: 2004 PA Senate debate, in Philadelphia Inquirer Oct 10, 2004

Joseph Hoeffel: Oppose gay marriage but support civil union

I oppose gay marriage but support civil union.
Source: 2004 PA Senate debate, in Philadelphia Inquirer Oct 10, 2004

Tom Ridge: Opposes Affirmative Action

Source: 1998 PA National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

Tom Ridge: No special gay laws; no gay marriage

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

Source: 1998 PA National Political Awareness Test Jul 2, 1998

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