State of Texas Archives: on Civil Rights


David Dewhurst: Define marriage as a union between one man and one woman

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has worked with countless volunteers and activists across Texas in passing legislation that defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Dewhurst will continue to fight for pro-family legislation in the U.S. Senate.
Source: 2012 Senate Campaign website, dewhurstfortexas.com, "Issues" Mar 30, 2012

Ted Cruz: Opposes gay pride parades and opposes gay marriage

At least twice while serving as Dallas' mayor, Republican Tom Leppert marched in Dallas' gay pride parade. Opponent Ted Cruz has hammered Leppert for joining the marches. Cruz said, "When a mayor of a city chooses twice to march in a parade celebrating gay pride that's a statement and it's not a statement I agree with."

Leppert says government shouldn't be involved in deciding whether gay partners have legal benefits given spouses which might include property inheritance or making medical decisions. Cruz says states should decide those benefits.

Gay rights has become an important test in this primary contest as hardcore Texas Republicans demand candidates take more socially conservatwive stands.

Source: Texas Public Radio coverage of 2012 Texas Senate debate Feb 23, 2012

Tom Leppert: Marched in gay pride parade, but opposes gay marriage

At least twice while serving as Dallas' mayor, Republican Tom Leppert marched in Dallas' gay pride parade. Opponent Ted Cruz has hammered Leppert for joining the marches which prompted a question to Cruz that he sidestepped during Wednesday's debate.

Moderator: "Are you saying Mayor Leppert is in favor of gay marriage?"

Cruz: "What I am saying is that when a mayor of a city chooses twice to march in a parade celebrating gay pride that's a statement and it's not a statement I agree with."

Former Mayor Leppert has complained that Cruz has distorted his position on gays and Leppert wanted to clear up misconceptions for the conservative voters who were listening.

Leppert: "The mayor is against gay marriage. I believe marriage should be defined as one man and one woman. But I had the responsibility to represent everybody but everybody understood where my faith was. I will tell my role as a Christian is to reach out and touch everybody."

Source: Texas Public Radio coverage of 2012 Texas Senate debate Feb 23, 2012

Randy Weber: No affirmative action; no "gender identity"

Q: Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?

A: No.

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Texas' anti-discrimination laws?

A: No.

Source: Texas Congressional 2010 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Jon Roland: 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. Law should only recognize domestic partnerships, leaving “marriage” to religious organizations.“

Source: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test May 2, 2008

Jon Roland: Discontinue affirmative action programs

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: Texas Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test May 2, 2008

Rick Noriega: Government should adopt domestic partner benefit policies

Q: Do you favor the extension of all job-related benefits that are granted to traditional couples to and same-sex couples?

A: Denying benefits such as bereavement, health insurance, family leave and similar benefits is the epitome of discrimination and should be outlawed in all workplaces. If it was bad for business, you wouldn’t have the overwhelming number of Fortune 500 companies adopting domestic partner benefit policies. Government should lead on this basic fairness and equality issue.

Source: Democracy for Texas Questionnaire Response Mar 1, 2008

Barack Obama: Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable

Because immigration reform was used as a political football instead of a way of solving a problem, nothing happened. It is absolutely critical that we tone down the rhetoric when it comes to immigration, because there has been an undertone that has been ugly. Oftentimes, it has been directed at the Hispanic community. We have seen hate crimes skyrocket in the wake of the immigration debate, & that is unacceptable. We are a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, and we can reconcile those two things.
Source: 2008 Democratic debate at University of Texas in Austin Feb 21, 2008

Joaquin Castro: Supports affirmative action for all state decisions

Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity or gender be taken into account in state agencies' decisions on public employment?

A: Yes.

Q: State college and university admissions?

A: Yes.

Q: State contracting?

A: Yes.

Source: Texas 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Alan Keyes: The belief that you can’t legislate morality is nonsensical

I don’t think it’s an accident that the ACLU has put on this big push to pretend you can’t honor the Ten Commandments in the courts and in the laws. They want to intimidate us with the belief that it’s somehow illegitimate to apply the fruits of our faith & our moral convictions to our laws. It appalls me sometimes how far they have succeeded at that already. They have succeeded at making the people believe that “you can’t legislate morality.” A more nonsensical statement I’ve never heard in my life
Source: Ten Commandments rally in Lufkin, Texas Oct 1, 2003

Paul Sadler: No same-sex marriage; no hate crime definition for gays

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

Source: Texas State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

Paul Sadler: No affirmative action in state government decisions

Q: On affirmative action, should state government take race and sex into account college and university admissions?

A: No.

Q: In public employment?

A: No.

Q: In state contracting?

A: No.

Source: Texas State 1998 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

George W. Bush: Reject quotas, double standards & “group thought”

We must say to each and every person, we want you to succeed. We must actively affirm access to the American dream. We must reject the politics of those who want to lump people into groups, those who insist on quotas or double standards. Quotas balkanize America. Group thought provides a convenient excuse for bigotry, a convenient excuse for failure.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

George W. Bush: Celebrate diversity but don’t put people into boxes

Our diversity gives Texas new life, new energy, new blood and we should not fear it but welcome it. No debemos temerla sino recibirla con los brazos abiertos. We should be proud of our various heritages; we should celebrate them in festivals; we should enjoy their traditions in our homes. This genuine appreciation of heritage stands in stark contrast to those who would divide people into groups for political purposes. There’s a trend in this country to put people into boxes.
Source: Powell Lecture Series, Texas A&M Univ. Apr 6, 1998

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