State of Arkansas Archives: on Civil Rights


Leslie Rutledge: Supports election fraud lawsuit filed by Texas

Arkansans and Americans across the country have real concerns about the lack of integrity in our federal elections this year," said Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. "After reviewing the motion filed by Texas in the U.S. Supreme Court, I have determined that I will support the motion by the State of Texas in all legally appropriate manners. The integrity of our elections is a critical part of our nation and it must be upheld.
Source: 5-News CBS on 2022 Arkansas Gubernatorial race Dec 8, 2020

Dan Whitfield: No discrimination for sexual orientation or identity

No one should ever be discriminated against for their sexual orientation or identity. It is unconstitutional to prevent a same sex couple from receiving the same tax benefits as any other American couple. I also support same sex couples adopting children. As a cable guy I have been in thousands of peoples' homes. I have met so many wonderful people including same sex couples. Being a good parent has nothing to do with sexual orientation or identity.
Source: 2022 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us Dec 6, 2020

Dan Whitfield: Solving systemic racism will improve life for Americans

Once we begin to move forward towards solving the systematic racism in our society, we will see improvements in the quality of life for Americans. Violence is not the answer. The answer is to empathize and understand why so many marginalized Americans are hurting, and then to enact legislation that can begin to heal these most deep wounds that have been festering for hundreds of years within our society.
Source: Arkansas Money & Politics on 2022 Arkansas Senate race Jun 8, 2020

Mark West: No authority over relationships between same-sex adults

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Comfortable with same-sex marriage"?

A: Government has no authority over relationships between consenting adults and therefore has no authority over licensing marriage, only in accepting contracts between consenting adults.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arkansas governor candidate Apr 28, 2018

Jared Henderson: Supports LGBT citizens but not for across the board revamps

Gay rights? "I unambiguously support civil rights for LGBT citizens." But does that mean pushing to override existing discrimination in state law or to add protections to the state civil rights statute? "Where we need to go further to see real equity we need to do it." But he indicated that first there needs to be evidence of a problem in need of correction. Then, he said, "should we need to stand up and be counted, I'm not afraid to do it."
Source: Arkansas Times on 2018 Arkansas Gubernatorial race Dec 22, 2017

Conner Eldridge: Reauthorize Violence Against Women Act

Conner Eldridge criticized Senator John Boozman on voting against the Violence Against Women Act and its reauthorization. Today marks three years since the Violence Against Women Act was last reauthorized by Congress in 2013.

Conner Eldridge says, "Today marks three years since Congress reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)--landmark legislation that is helping Arkansas fight the scourge of violence against women, particularly domestic violence. As a prosecutor, I've seen VAWA make a difference in the lives of women and girls by ensuring an aggressive response to domestic violence and human trafficking, providing assistance to victims, and working to enhance efforts to prevent and prosecute these horrible crimes. Senator John Boozman voted not once, but twice against the Violence Against Women Act, ignoring the voices and values of Arkansans."

Source: 2016 AR Senate campaign website ConnerForArkansas.com Mar 7, 2016

Curtis Coleman: Protect right to free practice of our faith

1st Amendment and Religious Liberty: I believe in protecting ALL of the rights outlined in the 1st Amendment, including the right to free practice of our faith.

10th Amendment and Federalism: I believe the principles of the 10th Amendment must be restored--any power not granted to the Federal Government is a power reserved for the States or the People.

Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 11, 2015

Conner Eldridge: OpEd: Dems embrace same-sex marriage; Eldridge is reluctant

Eldridge is not going to run as a real Democrat, but as the same old tired and failed finesser.
Source: Democrat-Gazette on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Sep 15, 2015

Asa Hutchinson: Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Hutchinson: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Arkansas Governor campaign Sep 28, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: Marriage should be only one-man-one-woman

The gubernatorial candidates discussed the same-sex marriage movement, answering the question what good and not so good has come from it:

Hutchinson: Supports marriage between one man and one woman. Still unanswered questions from SCOTUS.

Gilbert: State has a right to stay out of the marriage business. I believe it should. If people wish to be married they should be.

Ross: Personally opposed to gay marriage but issue will be resolved by SCOTUS.

Source: Arkansas Matters blog on 2014 AR gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

Frank Gilbert: State should stay out of the marriage business

The gubernatorial candidates discussed the same-sex marriage movement, answering the question what good and not so good has come from it:

Hutchinson: Supports marriage between one man and one woman. Still unanswered questions from SCOTUS.

Gilbert: State has a right to stay out of the marriage business. I believe it should. If people wish to be married they should be.

Ross: Personally opposed to gay marriage but issue will be resolved by SCOTUS.

Source: Arkansas Matters blog on 2014 AR gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

Mike Ross: Personally opposes gay marriage, but abide by Supreme Court

The gubernatorial candidates discussed the same-sex marriage movement, answering the question what good and not so good has come from it:

Hutchinson: Supports marriage between one man and one woman. Still unanswered questions from SCOTUS.

Gilbert: State has a right to stay out of the marriage business. I believe it should. If people wish to be married they should be.

Ross: Personally opposed to gay marriage but issue will be resolved by SCOTUS.

Source: Arkansas Matters blog on 2014 AR gubernatorial race Jul 11, 2014

Bruce Westerman: Opposes affirmative action

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arkansas allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?

A: No.

Q: Do you support state funding for stem cell research?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

Q: Do you support eliminating the state lottery?

A: Yes.

Source: Arkansas State Legislative 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2011

Curtis Coleman: Marriage is the union of one man and one woman

I believe that marriage, as instituted and defined by God, is the union of one man and one woman. I will co-sponsor and support a federal marriage amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Source: Arkansas 2010 Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 1, 2010

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Defer to military decision on Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell

The candidates were asked whether they supported a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay troops. Lincoln, who was one of just two Democrats to join Republicans in a vote to block a recent repeal attempt, said the policy should be eliminated if that's what the military's top commanders recommend. "I think it is important to listen to the military, to ensure that the military confirms that there is going to be no detriment to troop strength, to morale, to efficiency and effectiveness of our troops," if the ban is lifted, Lincoln said.

Boozman said the policy should remain in place. "I think the current policy has worked well," he said. "We haven't had significant problems with it." This week, a federal judge in California issued an injunction that stops the military from enforcing the policy. An appeal is likely.

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

John Boozman: Keep Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell; the policy has worked well

The candidates were asked whether they supported a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay troops. Lincoln, who was one of just two Democrats to join Republicans in a vote to block a recent repeal attempt, said the policy should be eliminated if that's what the military's top commanders recommend. "I think it is important to listen to the military, to ensure that the military confirms that there is going to be no detriment to troop strength, to morale, to efficiency and effectiveness of our troops," if the ban is lifted, Lincoln said.

Boozman said the policy should remain in place. "I think the current policy has worked well," he said. "We haven't had significant problems with it." This week, a federal judge in California issued an injunction that stops the military from enforcing the policy. An appeal is likely.

Source: Boston Globe coverage of 2010 Arkansas Senate debate Oct 13, 2010

Bruce Westerman: No civil unions; no same-sex marriage

Q: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arkansas allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?

A: No.

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

A: No.

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

A: No.

Source: Arkansas Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Oppose amending the federal constitution to ban gay marriage

LINCOLN: “Domestic laws have always been dealt with by our states,” Lincoln said, noting that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and offers states the right to refuse to recognize them. “Amending the federal constitution ... should only be as a last resort,” Lincoln said.

HOLT: Holt said marriage is one of the fundamental pillars of society and he fears that a judge might rule Arkansas’ law unconstitutional. He also said he opposes activist judges, such as those who have ruled in favor of gay marriage. Without a federal amendment defining marriage, Holt said, “our country will fall.”

Source: AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

Jim Holt: Amend the federal constitution to ban gay marriage

LINCOLN: “Domestic laws have always been dealt with by our states,” Lincoln said, noting that the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act denies federal recognition of same-sex marriages and offers states the right to refuse to recognize them. “Amending the federal constitution ... should only be as a last resort,” Lincoln said.

HOLT: Holt said marriage is one of the fundamental pillars of society and he fears that a judge might rule Arkansas’ law unconstitutional. He also said he opposes activist judges, such as those who have ruled in favor of gay marriage. Without a federal amendment defining marriage, Holt said, “our country will fall.”

Source: [Xref Lincoln] AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

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