Jack Conway on Civil Rights



Same-sex marriage ban is last vestige of discrimination

Kentucky's Attorney General Explains Why He Won't Defend Gay Marriage Ban: Calling laws against same-sex marriage the last vestige of widespread discrimination in America, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway told TIME magazine he refused to continue defending his state's ban on gay marriage because he feared he'd regret it for the rest of his life. "I know where history is going on this," he said. "I know what was in my heart."
Source: 2015 Kentucky Governor campaign website, ConwayOverly.com , Aug 11, 2015

Didn't challenge court ruling that allowed same-sex marriage

Matt Bevin is the conservative running in a conservative state against a candidate who wouldn't challenge a court ruling striking down Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage. Republicans will try to tie Conway to Democratic President Barack Obama.

But can Conway convince Kentuckians he's one of them? Fairly or not, Conway is viewed by some rural Kentuckians as a wealthy, urban elitist. He sent his running mate on a rural tour rather than go himself. He reminds audiences that his father grew up in Union County, but the farm boys I know are likely to take more notice of his expensive suits and cuff links.

Source: CNHI News coverage of 2015 Kentucky Gubernatorial race , May 29, 2015

Claims Paul questions Civil Rights Act and the ADA

Q: [With regard to Conway's "Aqua Buddha" TV ads]: Why does an incident from 27 years ago matter to voters?

CONWAY: There's a direct line from his college days. "The Washington Post" last week did a series of stories about Rand Paul's college letters to the editor. And he questioned whether or not two people could ever be equal. You know, I happen to think our creator makes us equal. He questioned whether or not women needed equal protection in the law. He questioned nondiscrimination laws and consumer protection laws. And you can draw a straight line from those attitudes in college to the positions he has taken in this campaign. Rand Paul has said that the federal government doesn't need to be involved in faith-based initiatives. He's come for a 23% national sales tax that would do away with charitable deductions. He's questioned fundamental principles of the Civil Rights Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act, too.

Source: CNN "360 Degrees" coverage: 2010 Kentucky Senate debate , Oct 19, 2010

I abhor discrimination; end "don't ask, don't tell"

Q: [To Conway]: You have signed the policy platforms of MoveOn.org supporting repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," and the so-called public option. Would you be to the left of Pres. Obama?

CONWAY: Look, I'm a proud Democrat. I'm certainly not going to be to the left of Obama. I'm going to put Kentucky first. And the reason I said something on "don't ask, don't tell" is I abhor discrimination. It was painful for a lot of Kentuckians to see Rand Paul question fundamental provisions of the Civil Rights Act.

Source: Fox News Sunday, 2010 Kentucky Senate debate , Oct 3, 2010

Marriage is only between a man and a woman

Conway said during the debate that he believes marriage is only between a man and a woman. And, in a recent interview, he refused to say how he voted on the 2004 state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Kentucky. In a 2007 debate on Kentuck Educational Television during his campaign for attorney general, Conway said he agreed with the ruling by then-Attorney General Greg Stumbo that state universities offering same-sex partner benefits were violating the Kentucky Constitution.
Source: Joseph Gerth in Louisville Courier-Journal , Jul 10, 2010

Affirmative action addresses proven past discrimination

Source: Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 2002

Supports affirmative action.

Conway supports the CC survey question on affirmative action

The Christian Coalition voter guide [is] one of the most powerful tools Christians have ever had to impact our society during elections. This simple tool has helped educate tens of millions of citizens across this nation as to where candidates for public office stand on key faith and family issues.

The CC survey summarizes candidate stances on the following topic: "Affirmative action programs providing preferential treatment to minorities"

Source: Christian Coalition Survey 10-CC-q2 on Aug 11, 2010

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