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Ajamu Baraka on Civil Rights
Green Party vice-presidential nominee
Click here for 5 full quotes by Ajamu Baraka OR click here for Ajamu Baraka on other issues.
  • Protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination. (Aug 2016)
  • Apply international human rights standards to the US. (Jul 2016)
  • Beyonce's Superbowl show caricaturized & commodified blacks. (Feb 2016)
  • Recognize gay marriages & civil unions from abroad in visas. (Jul 2014)
  • Obama serves white power, not MLK's dream. (Aug 2013)
Joe Biden on Civil Rights
Outgoing Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 27 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Obama disbelieved 2012 gay-marriage support was "accidental". (Mar 2014)
  • I supported gay marriage and got criticized for saying so. (May 2013)
  • I'm "absolutely comfortable" with same-sex marriage. (May 2012)
  • 1976: Opposed school busing to combat segregation. (Oct 2010)
  • Inalienable rights cannot be denied by any majority. (Oct 2010)
  • 1987 Biden Report: Reject Bork; he'd roll back civil rights. (Nov 2009)
  • No on gay marriage; yes on equal treatment. (Oct 2008)
  • 1968: Wilmington riots failed at conversation between races. (Jul 2007)
  • Nobody asks if you’re gay in a foxhole. (Jun 2007)
  • Civil unions ok; gay marriage is probably inevitable. (Apr 2007)

    Voting Record

  • 1978: opposed busing except for gov’t-intended segregation. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 78% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Jeb Bush on Civil Rights
Former Republican FL Governor
Click here for 19 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • Accommodate conscience on gay marriage at local level. (Sep 2015)
  • OpEd: "One Florida" scrapped affirmative action. (Apr 2015)
  • Let businesses express religious freedom against gays. (Mar 2015)
  • Respect civil unions & same-sex lifetime commitments. (Jan 2015)
  • 1994: LGBT protections are tantamount to elevating sodomy. (Jan 2015)
  • Don't-ask-don't-tell ok if it doesn't affect policy. (Dec 2014)
  • Traditional marriage best; but recognize gay couples. (Mar 2013)
  • Replaced affirmative action with "One Florida" initiative. (Jun 2012)
  • Insisted on more racial and gender diversity in trial judges. (Mar 2008)
  • Dismantled Florida's affirmative action program. (Feb 2007)
  • One Florida: equal minority contracts and admissions. (Feb 2007)
  • Don't create gays as another category of victims. (Feb 2007)
  • Removed Confederate battle flag from Florida Capitol. (Feb 2007)
  • 1981: Left Houston based on prejudice against Mexican wife. (Sep 2004)
  • Provide licensure exams in Spanish, for free. (Jun 2000)
  • Supports Affirmative Action; against quotas. (Jul 1998)
  • No hate-crimes status for gays; no gay marriage. (Jul 1998)
  • Gay rights & feminism are "modern victim movements". (Nov 1995)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Ben Carson on Civil Rights
Tea Party challenger in Republican primary
Click here for 16 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • Everyone gets the same rights; nobody gets extra rights. (Feb 2016)
  • Constitution protects gays equally, but not marriage. (Oct 2015)
  • Political correctness undermines Black Lives Matter movement. (Aug 2015)
  • Homosexuality is a choice, but same-sex marriage is the law. (May 2015)
  • Give gays rights, but not marriage, because it's a choice. (Mar 2015)
  • Don't let the PC police label conservatives as extremists. (Feb 2015)
  • Underdog status is not determined any longer by race. (Feb 2014)
  • Underdog status is no longer determined by race. (Feb 2014)
  • Apologized for likening homosexuality to pedophilia. (Mar 2013)
  • Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples. (Mar 2013)
  • 1960s: experienced racism in inner-city Boston and Detroit. (Jan 2012)
  • Reparations for WWII Japanese ok, but not for slavery. (Jan 2012)
  • Not all black candidates share Obama's left-wing politics. (Jan 2012)
  • Redefining marriage is slippery slope with disastrous ending. (Jan 2012)
  • Legal binding relationship for gays to enjoy property rights. (Jan 2012)
  • Free speech is wonderful, but hate speech causes actual harm. (Jan 2012)
Lincoln Chafee on Civil Rights
Democratic presidential challenger; Independent RI Governor; Republican Senator (1999-2007)
Click here for 15 full quotes by Lincoln Chafee OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • People of color are the future of Rhode Island. (Jan 2014)
  • Longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community. (Nov 2010)
  • 1964: Opposing Civil Rights Act was wrong side of history. (Apr 2008)
  • 2006: Marriage Amendment ignores states' rights. (Apr 2008)
  • Gay marriage is a state issue, not for federal constitution. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports “Sexual orientation protected by civil rights laws”. (Sep 2000)
  • Continue affirmative action programs. (Jan 2000)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Require 90 day delay for compliance before ADA lawsuits. (May 2002)
  • Limit interstate class-action lawsuits to federal courts . (May 2002)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
Hillary Clinton on Civil Rights
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 71 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for 4 older headlines OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Fight systemic racism in education & employment. (Feb 2016)
  • Root out systemic racism exposed by social media. (Feb 2016)
  • After 200 presidential debates, female majority on stage. (Feb 2016)
  • No Ceilings: worldwide full equal education for girls. (Apr 2015)
  • Women in Public Service Project: 50% of officials by 2050. (Nov 2013)
  • 1998: Hillary predicted female President in near future. (Oct 2007)
  • 1962: met MLK Jr. preaching a sermon in Chicago. (Jul 2007)
  • 1995: Politely criticized China’s human rights. (Jun 2007)
  • Developmental thread: tragedy of race must be made right. (Jun 2007)
  • Pushing for privacy bill of rights. (Jun 2006)
  • Professional woman AND hostess; feminist AND traditionalist. (Nov 2003)
  • Crack down on sex trafficking of women and girls. (Jan 2000)
  • Human rights are women’s rights. (Jan 2000)
  • Women’s rights are human rights. (Dec 1999)
  • Support National Endowment for the Arts. (Feb 1997)
  • Sex selection, prostitution & war rape: human rights issues. (Sep 1995)
  • Women's suffrage was 72-year struggle, but not a shot fired. (Sep 1993)

    Affirmative Action

  • Don't fly Confederate flag; it's a symbol of racismz. (Jun 2016)
  • Fight systemic racism in education & employment. (Feb 2016)
  • Will fight for minorities, immigrants, & women's rights. (Feb 2016)
  • Unleash the full potential of women and girls. (Feb 2016)
  • We need a New Deal for Communities of Color. (Oct 2015)
  • OpEd: "18 million cracks" meant "lingering sexism". (Aug 2009)
  • Heads movement of women looking to America's true promise. (Aug 2009)
  • Equal pay is not yet equal. (Jan 2008)
  • MLK recognized that working within the system was necessary. (Jan 2008)
  • Compiled “Handbook on Legal Rights for Arkansas Women”. (Nov 2007)
  • Hillary wanted Bill’s cabinet to “Look Like America”. (Oct 2007)
  • Founded Vital Voices Initiative with Madeleine Albright. (Sep 2007)
  • 1965: brought black classmates to all-white church. (Jul 2007)
  • We’ve come a long way on race, but we have a long way to go. (Jun 2007)
  • 1988: Instituted gender diversity Report Card within ABA. (Jun 2007)
  • Create a pipeline for more women in leadership. (Oct 2005)
  • 1972: Worked with Edelman on school desegregation in South. (Nov 2003)
  • Apologize for slavery, but concentrate on civil rights now. (Oct 2000)
  • First chair of ABA Commission on Women and the Profession. (Aug 1999)
  • Raised issues of gender compensation gap at 1970s Rose Law. (Nov 1997)
  • Affirmative living: involve entire village against racism. (Sep 1996)

    Gay Rights

  • Include gender identity in anti-discrimination laws. (Jun 2016)
  • LGBT people now married on Saturday & fired on Monday. (Feb 2016)
  • Pledged to sign Employment Non-Discrimination Act. (Apr 2015)
  • I re-evaluated & changed my mind on gay marriage. (Jun 2014)
  • We have all evolved on gay marriage since 1990s. (Jun 2014)
  • DOMA discrimination holds us back from a more perfect union. (Jun 2013)
  • I support gay marriage personally and as law. (Mar 2013)
  • Telling kids about gay couples is parental discretion. (Sep 2007)
  • Positive about civil unions, with full equality of benefits. (Aug 2007)
  • Let states decide gay marriage; they’re ahead of feds. (Aug 2007)
  • GLBT progress since 2000, when I marched in gay pride parade. (Aug 2007)
  • Supports DOMA, which Bill Clinton signed. (Jul 2007)
  • Don’t ask don’t tell was an important transition step. (Jun 2007)
  • 2004:defended traditional marriage; 2006:voted for same-sex. (May 2007)
  • Federal Marriage Amendment would be terrible step backwards. (Oct 2006)
  • Gay soldiers need to shoot straight, not be straight. (Nov 2003)
  • End hate crimes and other intolerance. (Sep 2000)
  • Gays deserve domestic partnership benefits. (Feb 2000)
  • Military service based on conduct, not sexual orientation. (Dec 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Co-sponsored bill to criminalize flag-burning. (Jan 2010)
  • Op-ed: Sponsored flag-burning bill for centrist credential. (May 2006)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 60% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 96% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
Ted Cruz on Civil Rights
Republican Texas Senator
Click here for 17 full quotes by Ted Cruz OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Don't empower more lawsuits by demanding equal pay. (Oct 2015)
  • Supreme Court gay rights ruling undermines the Constitution. (Jul 2015)
  • Adopt economic affirmative action instead of race-based. (Jun 2015)
  • Insidious affirmative action: we can't make it on merit? (Jun 2015)
  • Apply 10th Amendment: states decide on gay marriage. (Jun 2015)
  • Pray against a court decision legalizing same-sex marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • Liberals obsessed with mandatory gay marriage in 50 states. (Apr 2015)
  • Zealotry on same-sex marriage leaves out religious liberty. (Apr 2015)
  • Most states can ignore Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage. (Mar 2015)
  • Overturn Supreme Court with anti-gay marriage Amendment. (Oct 2014)
  • UN Treaty on Disabilities threatens US sovereignty. (Mar 2014)
  • Opposes gay pride parades and opposes gay marriage. (Feb 2012)
  • One-man-one-woman marriage is building block of society. (Jul 2011)
  • Disallow Ku Klux Klan from participating in Adopt-A-Highway. (Jul 2011)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored state definition of marriage supersedes federal gay marriage. (Feb 2014)
Carly Fiorina on Civil Rights
Republican primary challenger and former CEO
Click here for 11 full quotes by Carly Fiorina OR click here for Carly Fiorina on other issues.
  • U.S. will be better off when women have equal opportunity. (Sep 2015)
  • Supreme Court overstepped by legalizing same-sex marriage. (May 2015)
  • I don't just Tweet about equal pay; I lead on pay standards. (Feb 2015)
  • Women professionals are not treated the same as men. (May 2014)
  • Marriage is between a man and a woman; but civil unions ok. (Sep 2010)
  • No same-sex marriage; yes civil unions; repeal DADT. (Sep 2010)
  • Proud conservative vote for Proposition 8. (Nov 2009)
  • 1976: Worked with monogamous gay couples in college. (Sep 2007)
  • Hired by AT&T after court ordered them to promote more women. (Sep 2007)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). (Sep 2010)
Lindsey Graham on Civil Rights
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
Click here for 13 full quotes by Lindsey Graham OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • Respect Supreme Court decision & fight for religious liberty. (Jun 2015)
  • Accept the Supreme Court ruling to allow gay marriage. (Jun 2015)
  • Support the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Aug 2008)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 0% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 11% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
Mike Huckabee on Civil Rights
Former Republican AR Governor
Click here for 31 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • Last year 58% of hate crimes were against Jews. (Jan 2016)
  • Stop criminalization of Christianity, like on gay marriage. (Sep 2015)
  • The court's ruling on gay marriage was unconstitutional. (Sep 2015)
  • Don't force children to accept transgender choice by others. (Jun 2015)
  • Amendment to overturn Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. (May 2015)
  • Same-sex marriage leads to criminalization of Christianity. (Apr 2015)
  • Courts cannot unilaterally allow same-sex marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • Free speech should include Christian worldview. (Jan 2015)
  • If GOP abdicates on gay marriage, they lose guys like me. (Oct 2014)
  • Supreme Court can't allow gay marriage all by itself. (Oct 2014)
  • Women should control libido rather than rely on Uncle Sugar. (Jan 2014)
  • Homosexuality is a sin the same as heterosexual lust. (Dec 2013)
  • Pays attention to black vote; got 48% as governor. (Nov 2008)
  • I witnessed firsthand the shameful evil of racism. (Sep 2008)
  • It’s arrogant for GOP to ignore Hispanics or any group. (Dec 2007)
  • Racial profiling based on speaking with accent is unAmerican. (Dec 2007)
  • Got 48% of black vote in AR; embarrassed at national GOP. (Sep 2007)
  • Address gay behavior if problematic, not gay attitudes. (Jun 2007)
  • Gay tolerance reflects lack of fixed societal standards. (Jun 2007)
  • Respect gay couples but no gay adoptions. (Jan 2007)
  • USA has gone from Barney Fife to Barney Frank. (Jan 2007)
  • Signed legislation outlawing same-sex marriage in Arkansas. (Dec 2006)
  • No civil unions; only one-man-one-woman marriage. (Nov 2002)
  • No affirmative action for state contracts nor colleges. (Nov 2002)
  • If Titanic sank now, feminism would cost more women's lives. (Jun 1998)
  • Women's liberation resulted in women's impoverishment. (Jun 1998)
  • No-fault divorce increases feminization of poverty. (Jun 1998)
  • Until recently, no one suggested homosexuality was equal. (Sep 1997)
  • Treat AIDS as plague to be isolated, not civil rights issue. (Nov 1992)
  • More federal funding of IDEA for disabled education. (Mar 2000)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
Bobby Jindal on Civil Rights
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 13 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Discrimination in America today is against Christians. (Sep 2015)
  • Protect first amendment rights for Christian business owners. (Aug 2015)
  • Institution of marriage existed long before our laws existed. (Apr 2015)
  • I pledge support for a religious freedom law. (Apr 2015)
  • Ok to deny services to gays based on religious beliefs. (Apr 2015)
  • Let's have religious liberty without anti-gay discrimination. (Apr 2015)
  • Find common ground on gay marriage even when we disagree. (May 2014)
  • Strong views opposing same-sex marriage. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports constitutional amendment to define marriage. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 33% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
Gary Johnson on Civil Rights
Libertarian presidential nominee; former Republican NM Governor
Click here for 14 full quotes by Gary Johnson OR click here for Gary Johnson on other issues.
  • It's racism to judge others by their birth, like Trump does. (Jul 2016)
  • Individual liberty includes supporting gay marriage. (Jun 2016)
  • States have the right to display the Confederate flag. (Jun 2016)
  • Workplace discrimination against gays is like race in 1960s. (Jun 2016)
  • Each state has right to display Confederate flag. (May 2016)
  • Yes, equal pay for equal work, but hesitate on legislation. (Apr 2016)
  • No, bakers can't deny a wedding cake to same-sex couples. (Apr 2016)
  • Denying gay couples the right to marry is discrimination. (May 2012)
  • Supports separation of religion and state. (Aug 2011)
  • Prostitution is safer when legal and regulated. (Jun 2011)
  • I support gay unions; government out of marriage business. (Apr 2011)
  • No affirmative action in college admissions nor state jobs. (Nov 1998)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry. (Apr 2013)
Tim Kaine on Civil Rights
Democratic Senate Challenger; previously Governor
Click here for 20 full quotes by Tim Kaine OR click here for Tim Kaine on other issues.
  • Battle for social justice: everyone deserves opportunity. (Jul 2016)
  • Civil rights work inspired by fight to integrate schools. (Jul 2016)
  • Confederate flag celebrates an anti-civil rights heritage. (Jun 2015)
  • Property rights important when mapping pipeline routes. (Mar 2015)
  • Help whites and blacks find common ground. (Jan 2015)
  • Strong supporter of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (Oct 2012)
  • Obama fought for equal pay for women. (Sep 2012)
  • Obama fought for fair treatment for LGBT Americans. (Sep 2012)
  • No discrimination against nominating gay judges. (May 2012)
  • Same-sex couples should have the same legal rights. (May 2012)
  • 2005: No gay adoption; 2011: gay adoption okay. (May 2012)
  • GOP agenda on gay marriage is divisive social legislation. (Apr 2012)
  • Tried to pass laws favoring domestic partnerships. (Apr 2012)
  • Apology & reconciliation for slavery, at VA's slave market. (Mar 2010)
  • 2007: pardoned leader of 1800 slave rebellion. (Mar 2010)
  • First state apology for involuntary servitude of Africans. (Mar 2010)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes defining traditional marriage. (Oct 2012)
  • as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Oct 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
John Kasich on Civil Rights
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Click here for 12 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Pray for customers with whom you disagree, but sell to them. (Feb 2016)
  • Government employees should comply with gay marriage ruling. (Sep 2015)
  • Can respect and love gay people. (Aug 2015)
  • I attended a gay wedding; accept the Supreme Court ruling. (Aug 2015)
  • I support traditional marriage, but it's time to move on. (Jun 2015)
  • Admires courage of Aung San Suu Kyi & Rosa Parks. (Jun 2010)
  • Made speech in high school to ease tensions during race riot. (May 2006)
  • End “racial profiling” locally, or federally. (May 1999)
  • Affirmative action OK via recruitment; not via quotas. (May 1999)
  • Voted YES on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Evan McMullin on Civil Rights
Conservative independent challenger
Click here for the full quote by Evan McMullin OR click here for Evan McMullin on other issues.
  • Diversity--race, religion, nationality--is an American ideal. (Feb 2016)
Martin O`Malley on Civil Rights
Democratic Former Governor of Maryland
Click here for 7 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Settled lawsuit with ACLU about race-based arrests. (Oct 2015)
  • All are created equal, including gay, lesbian & transgender. (May 2015)
  • Led Maryland to 2012 same-sex marriage law. (Apr 2015)
  • Respect dignity of individuals & support same-sex marriage. (Jan 2014)
  • Civil marriage rights for all Marylanders. (Feb 2012)
  • Shift from group preferences to economic empowerment of all. (Aug 2000)
  • Opposes Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Barack Obama on Civil Rights
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 76 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Discrimination ultimately makes US less safe. (Jan 2016)
  • It's right to condemn the persecution of LGBT people. (Jan 2015)
  • OpEd: 2007: Had to endure the "black enough" test. (May 2012)
  • Constitution stained by nation's original sin of slavery. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Presidency represents triumph of civil rights movement. (Mar 2010)
  • 2008 speech on race expedited by Rev. Wright fiasco. (Jan 2010)
  • Balance isolation & engagement for international rights. (Dec 2009)
  • OpEd: Not the seed of civil rights, but the flower. (Aug 2008)
  • Admired repeated acts of "self-creation" by Malcolm X. (Aug 2008)
  • Has stood together with Latino leaders for last 20 years. (Jun 2008)
  • People want to move beyond our divisions. (Jan 2008)
  • 2004 DNC speech merged “heritage” with “diversity”. (Dec 2007)
  • The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties. (Oct 2007)
  • 1980s boss predicted Obama would be heir to MLK’s voice. (Aug 2007)
  • Racial equality good for America as a whole. (Jun 2007)
  • Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house. (Apr 2007)
  • Muslim heritage gives Obama unique influence in Muslim world. (Oct 2006)
  • No black or white America--just United States of America. (Oct 2006)
  • Forthright on racial issues and on his civil rights history. (Jul 2004)
  • Defend freedom and equality under law. (May 2004)
  • Politicians: don’t use religion to insulate from criticism. (Apr 2004)
  • Miscegenation a felony in 1960 when Obamas practiced it. (Aug 1996)
  • The civil rights movement was a success. (Aug 1996)

    Affirmative Action

  • FactCheck: Gender wage gap is $0.19, not $0.23. (Jan 2014)
  • Pass the Paycheck Fairness Act. (Feb 2013)
  • I benefited from affirmative action in my academic career. (Oct 2011)
  • Many black disparities can be traced to legacy of Jim Crow. (Jan 2009)
  • Keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work. (Aug 2008)
  • Past discrimination affects future generations. (Jul 2008)
  • Apply affirmative action to poor white college applicants. (Apr 2008)
  • Community organizing continues the civil rights movement. (Apr 2008)
  • Legalized discrimination meant blacks could not amass wealth. (Mar 2008)
  • Fight job discrimination to give women equal footing at jobs. (Feb 2008)
  • Remove discriminatory barriers to the right to vote. (Feb 2008)
  • Benefited from affirmative action but overcame via merit. (Dec 2007)
  • Include class-based affirmative action with race-based. (Oct 2007)
  • Better enforce women’s pay equity via Equal Pay Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Blacks should infiltrate mainstream to affect change. (Aug 2007)
  • Commitment to diversity by CEOs is advisable. (Mar 2007)
  • African-Americans vote Democratic because of issue stances. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports affirmative action in colleges and government. (Jul 1998)

    Gay Rights

  • Journey not complete until gays treated like anyone else. (Jan 2013)
  • Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. (May 2012)
  • No federal laws should hinder state-based same-sex marriage. (May 2012)
  • Opposes CA Prop. 8, one-man-one-woman marriage. (Jul 2008)
  • Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable. (Feb 2008)
  • Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. (Nov 2007)
  • Decisions about marriage should be left to the states. (Oct 2007)
  • Homosexuality no more immoral than heterosexuality. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to expose 6-year-olds to gay couples; they know already. (Sep 2007)
  • Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands? (Aug 2007)
  • We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions. (Aug 2007)
  • Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church. (Aug 2007)
  • Disentangle gay rights from the word “marriage”. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay rights movement is somewhat like civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage. (Jul 2007)
  • Pass ENDA and expand hate crime legislation. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposed 1996 Illinois DOMA bill. (Mar 2007)
  • Supports health benefits for gay civil partners. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality. (Oct 2006)
  • Marriage not a human right; non-discrimination is. (Oct 2004)
  • Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry. (Oct 2004)
  • Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)
Sarah Palin on Civil Rights
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 30 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • 1996: Disapproved of gay-parent books in public library. (Sep 2011)
  • 2006: No choice but to comply with same-sex partner benefits. (Sep 2011)
  • Women's movement was "seat at table"; now "control table". (Nov 2010)
  • I am a feminist, and grateful beneficiary of Title IX. (Nov 2010)
  • Slavery in Constitution was a lasting shame for a century. (Nov 2010)
  • America follows faith in how we treat special needs kids. (Nov 2010)
  • 2008: Increased McCain's popularity among women by 20%. (Jan 2010)
  • College roommate openly lives in same-sex marriage. (Nov 2009)
  • Respected court ruling allowing same-sex state benefits. (Nov 2009)
  • Criticism of $150K wardrobe was deliberately sexist. (Nov 2009)
  • Fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. (Nov 2009)
  • First female mayor of Wasilla; first female governor of AK. (Oct 2008)
  • Non-support of anything but traditional marriage. (Oct 2008)
  • I’m a feminist; equal rights for women. (Sep 2008)
  • Equal pay for equal work; but not Ledbetter Act. (Sep 2008)
  • Hillary put 18 million cracks in glass ceiling. (Sep 2008)
  • Would like support from women’s groups, but won’t woo them. (Sep 2008)
  • Vetoed bill denying benefits to gays, as unconstitutional. (Aug 2008)
  • ADA brings expanded freedom to Americans with disabilities. (Jul 2008)
  • Recognize Juneteenth to celebrate the end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • HIV/AIDS among Alaska Natives is public health crisis. (Mar 2008)
  • Recognize Martin Luther King holiday. (Jan 2008)
  • Comply with same-sex partner benefits despite disagreement. (Dec 2006)
  • Marriage only between one man and one woman. (Nov 2006)
  • Value our cultural diversity. (Nov 2006)
  • Prefers term “anti-rural” to “anti-Native”. (Nov 2006)
  • Special legislative session on same-sex health benefits. (Nov 2006)
  • Ok to deny benefits to homosexual couples. (Aug 2006)
  • No spousal benefits for same-sex couples. (Jul 2006)
  • Top priorities include preserving definition of “marriage”. (Jul 2006)
Rand Paul on Civil Rights
Republican Kentucky Senator
Click here for 19 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • Disagrees with Libertarians & Hillary Clinton on gay rights. (Apr 2016)
  • Resist government imposing religious views of marriage. (Aug 2015)
  • Marriage for heterosexuals; contracts for same-sex couples. (Apr 2015)
  • Stand up for Bill of Rights against federal usurpation. (Apr 2015)
  • I don't believe in rights based on your behavior. (Mar 2015)
  • Gay contracts ok, but gay marriage is offensive. (Mar 2015)
  • OpEd: Disagrees with Libertarian Party on social issues. (Jan 2015)
  • Don't register guns federally, nor marriages. (Dec 2014)
  • Voter ID laws offend African Americans. (May 2014)
  • Women won the "war on women": they're no longer downtrodden. (Jan 2014)
  • Redefining marriage leads to economic and moral problems. (Jun 2013)
  • No national law on same-sex marriage; leave it to states. (May 2013)
  • Make federal benefits equal for gay couples. (Mar 2013)
  • Let states decide same-sex marriage; don't federalize it. (Mar 2013)
  • Illegal to impose racial segregation in the private sector. (May 2010)
  • Opposes same-sex marriage. (Nov 2009)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposes affirmative action. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Mike Pence on Civil Rights
Republian nominee for Vice President; Governor of Indiana; former Representative (IN-6)
Click here for 20 full quotes by Mike Pence OR click here for Mike Pence on other issues.
  • Pro-business environment better for wages than equal pay. (Jul 2016)
  • Opposes pay equity; close wage gap by growing economy. (Apr 2016)
  • Opposes pay equity; close wage gap by growing economy. (Apr 2016)
  • Civil rights must be balanced with religious freedom. (Jan 2016)
  • Listen to the merits of debate on LGBT rights. (Oct 2015)
  • Religious Freedom Act is not about LGBT discrimination. (Sep 2015)
  • Future of conservatism demands traditional marriage. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted against expansion of hate-crime protection. (May 2007)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination based on sexual orientation. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Require "Privacy Impact Statement" on new federal rules. (Apr 2002)
  • Rated 7% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 0% by the HRC, indicating an anti-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 22% by the NAACP, indicating an anti-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Amend Constitution to define traditional marriage. (Jun 2008)
Rick Perry on Civil Rights
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 10 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Would attend same-sex marriage of a family member. (Jun 2015)
  • Supported anti-sodomy laws; opposes gay marriage. (Jun 2015)
  • Scouts' no-gays is principled like stand against slavery. (May 2013)
  • Civil Rights Act was glorious fulfillment of Declaration. (Nov 2010)
  • Gay marriage is not protected, but judges will declare it so. (Nov 2010)
  • We divvy up races using tools invented to fight racism. (Nov 2010)
  • Suing for girls in Boy Scouts is part of strategic assault. (Feb 2008)
  • Homosexuals are inappropriate role model for adolescent boys. (Feb 2008)
  • Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment. (Feb 2001)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
Marco Rubio on Civil Rights
Republican Florida Senator
Click here for 10 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • One-man-one-woman marriage existed before our laws. (Apr 2015)
  • I oppose gay marriage, but it's the law of the land. (Apr 2015)
  • Opposes Paycheck Fairness: don't require equal pay for women. (Apr 2014)
  • Balance gay anti-discrimination with religious rights. (Mar 2014)
  • Defining marriage does not demean a class of people. (Jun 2013)
  • I believe in historical marriage, but ok if states redefine. (Jun 2013)
  • Leave gay marriage to states, but keep DOMA. (Mar 2013)
  • Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Supports Amendment to prevent same sex marriage. (Aug 2010)
  • Opposes Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). (Sep 2010)
Bernie Sanders on Civil Rights
Democratic primry challenger; Socialist Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 30 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • What kind of response would happen if Flint MI were white? (Feb 2016)
  • Combat institutional racism and reform justice system. (Oct 2015)
  • Vermont implemented ENDA 22 years ago; so should feds. (Sep 2015)
  • Black Lives Matter: deal with institutional racism. (Jul 2015)
  • Right to love each other, regardless of sexual orientation. (Jul 2015)
  • Voter ID laws marginalize communities of color. (Jun 2015)
  • Remove Confederate flag from State Houses. (Jun 2015)
  • Equal pay for equal work by women. (Mar 2015)
  • Bush’s tracking citizens’ phone call patterns is illegal. (Jun 2006)
  • 1964: civil rights activist in Congress on Racial Equality. (Jun 1997)
  • Never accept racism, sexism, nor homophobia. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act. (Feb 2013)
  • Voted NO on Constitutionally defining marriage as one-man-one-woman. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on protecting the Pledge of Allegiance. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Constitutional Amendment for equal rights by gender. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 93% by the ACLU, indicating a pro-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Rated 100% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
  • Prohibit sexual-identity discrimination at schools. (Mar 2011)
  • as "preferred" by The Feminist Majority indicating pro-women's rights. (Oct 2012)
  • Enforce against wage discrimination based on gender. (Jan 2013)
  • Enforce against anti-gay discrimination in public schools. (Jun 2013)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
Rick Santorum on Civil Rights
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 32 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Freedom of conscience includes right to deny service to gays. (Sep 2015)
  • Stop harassing and persecuting people of faith. (Aug 2015)
  • Fight gay marriage ruling, but not with civil disobedience. (May 2015)
  • I would never attend a same-sex wedding. (Apr 2015)
  • Push for religious liberty in workplace, but not anti-gay. (Apr 2015)
  • Diversity is a challenge, not necessarily a virtue. (Apr 2014)
  • Santorum side-by-side against Gingrich, Paul & Romney. (Mar 2012)
  • I agree with hearing gay ideas but disagree with some. (Jan 2012)
  • Marriage is a federal issue; we need one definition, not 50. (Jan 2012)
  • Right to gay sex implies right to bigamy, incest, & adultery. (Jan 2012)
  • No polygamy; no gay marriage. (Aug 2011)
  • Repeal Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell; punish behavior. (Jun 2011)
  • Same-sex marriage is unprecedented social revolution. (Apr 2006)
  • Marriage Protection Amendment is last resort, but needed. (Apr 2006)
  • Affirmative program for minority business-building. (Apr 2006)
  • Leave marriage definition to state legislatures & the people. (Jul 2004)
  • Same-sex marriage takes us away from purpose of marriage. (Jul 2004)
  • Homosexual orientation ok; but homosexual act are sodomy. (Apr 2003)
  • Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. (Jun 2002)
  • Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (Mar 1998)
  • Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (Oct 1997)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (Sep 1996)
  • Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (Dec 1995)
  • Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (Jul 1995)
  • Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 25% by the ACLU, indicating an anti-civil rights voting record. (Dec 2002)
  • Issue a commemorative postage stamp of Rosa Parks. (Dec 2005)
Jill Stein on Civil Rights
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 12 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • Protect LGBTQIA+ people from discrimination. (Aug 2016)
  • No discrimination based on orientation whether it's LGB or T. (Jul 2015)
  • "Religious Freedom" is surrogate for patriarchal domination. (Jul 2015)
  • After marriage equality comes workplace equality. (Jul 2015)
  • Must follow up direct action with electoral politics. (Jun 2015)
  • Black Lives Matter: fix the system of racism. (Mar 2015)
  • Recognize gay marriages & civil unions from abroad in visas. (Jul 2014)
  • All people entitled to full civil rights, including gays. (Nov 2012)
  • Pay equity for women remains critical, despite some programs. (Oct 2012)
  • First pro-gay-marriage candidate in first gay marriage state. (Dec 2011)
  • Economy that is not fully inclusive is inherently unstable. (Dec 2011)
  • Legalize gay marriage. (Nov 2001)
Donald Trump on Civil Rights
2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 18 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • Respectfully check mosques; we have to look at profiling. (Jun 2016)
  • Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not on statehouses. (Jun 2016)
  • Sexual orientation is invalid reason for firing workers. (Jun 2016)
  • Promoted gender equality in a male-dominated industry. (Nov 2015)
  • I'm "fine" with affirmative action, for now. (Oct 2015)
  • Well-educated blacks have advantage over whites. (Sep 2015)
  • After Supreme Court vote, gay marriage is a reality. (Aug 2015)
  • I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction. (Aug 2015)
  • I'm no misogynist; I put women in charge of construction. (Aug 2015)
  • Disinvited from RedState gathering for misogynistic comments. (Aug 2015)
  • Political correctness is country's problem, not my problem. (Aug 2015)
  • Obama's presidency has done nothing for African Americans. (Aug 2015)
  • Same-sex marriage is a state issue. (Jun 2015)
  • No gay marriage; no same-sex partner benefits. (Mar 2011)
  • Tolerate diversity; prosecute hate crimes against gays. (Jul 2000)
  • Created first club in Palm Beach open to blacks & Jews. (Oct 1997)
  • Women are far stronger than men; don't believe "weaker sex". (Oct 1997)
  • Created first club in Palm Beach open to blacks & Jews. (Oct 1997)
Scott Walker on Civil Rights
Republican Wisconsin Governor
Click here for 8 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • Prohibit discrimination in the workplace, but no equal pay. (Sep 2015)
  • If Black Lives Matter, then train cops better. (Aug 2015)
  • Constitutional amendment to prevent federal gay marriage. (Apr 2015)
  • 2013: same-sex marriage issue over; 2015: issue not settled. (Feb 2015)
  • Supreme Court has spoken; preventing gay marriage is over. (Oct 2014)
  • A Better Bottom Line & Project SEARCH: job help for disabled. (Jan 2014)
  • Perhaps leave gay marriage up to each church, not government. (Mar 2013)
  • Marriage is to be between one man and one woman. (Nov 2005)
James Webb on Civil Rights
Former Virginia Democratic Senator
Click here for 8 full quotes by James Webb OR click here for James Webb on other issues.
  • Doing away with Confederate iconography is secondary issue. (Jul 2015)
  • Evolution on gay marriage has been good for the country. (Oct 2014)
  • Affirmative action should apply to African-Americans only. (Sep 2006)
  • Supports civil unions; opposes constitutional ban. (Jun 2006)
  • Opposes constitutional ban of gay marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Government’s power should end at my front door. (Apr 2006)
  • Realign politics by union of Scots-Irish & African Americans. (Jan 2006)
  • ENDA: prohibit employment discrimination for gays. (Jun 2009)
Bill Weld on Civil Rights
Libertarian Party nominee for Vice President; former Republican Massachusetts Governor
Click here for 8 full quotes by Bill Weld OR click here for Bill Weld on other issues.
  • 1990s: Established MA African Caribbean American commission. (Jun 2016)
  • I led Massachusetts on gay rights, and MA led America. (Jun 2016)
  • Marriage equality is dictated by equal protection clause. (Jun 2016)
  • Delivered homily at two same-sex weddings. (Aug 2005)
  • $1M for homosexual youth office coordinator. (Aug 1997)
  • 1995: reaffirmed commitment to affirmative action. (Sep 1996)
  • We shouldn’t have discrimination in housing and employment. (Jun 1996)
  • Overturn CA Prop. 8: Let gays marry. (Apr 2013)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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