CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2015: on Civil Rights

Scott Walker: Prohibit discrimination in the workplace, but no equal pay

Q: How are you going to respond to Secretary Clinton talking about you opposing equal pay and opposing women's health care?

A: Wisconsin has a law that prohibits discrimination in the workplace. I have enforced that, I'll push for enforcing laws like that all across the country. And when it comes to women's health care. We took money out of the hands of Planned Parenthood, and put it into noncontroversial areas to provide for women's health.

Source: CNN SOTU 2015 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls Sep 13, 2015

Bernie Sanders: Right to love each other, regardless of sexual orientation

Q: On same-sex marriage, you have been way out in front when it comes to the rights of same-sex couples. What about the idea of taking away the tax exemption from any organizations, including religious ones, that do not recognize same-sex marriage?

SANDERS: I don't know that I would go there. Now, you know, we have religious freedom. And I respect people who have different points of view. But my view is that people have a right to love each other, regardless of one's sexual orientation. I voted against the DOMA act, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act, way back in 1996 that was signed by President Clinton, because I think, if people are in love, they should be able to get married in this country in 50 states in America. And I strongly support what the Supreme Court recently said.

Source: CNN SOTU 2015 interview series: 2016 presidential hopefuls Jul 5, 2015

Rand Paul: Marriage for heterosexuals; contracts for same-sex couples

Q: In New Hampshire, you said, "I will fight for your right to be left alone." Why do you believe that people should be left alone, but not when it comes to their right to marry somebody they love?

PAUL: I do believe people ought to be left alone. I am a "leave me alone" kind of guy.

Q: But not when it comes to marriage?

PAUL: Well, no. States will end up making the decisions on these things. I think that there's a religious connotation to marriage that has been going on for thousands of years I still want to preserve that. But I also believe people ought to be treated fairly under the law. I see no reason why, if the marriage contract conveys certain things, that if [a woman] wants to marry another woman, they can do that and have a contract. You could have traditional marriage, and then you could also have the neutrality of the law that allows [same-sex couples] to have contracts with one another.

Source: CNN SOTU 2015 interviews of 2016 presidential hopefuls Apr 12, 2015

  • The above quotations are from CNN "State of the Union" interviews during 2015
    (Candy Crowley interviewing candidates for 2015 and 2016 races).
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