State of Minnesota secondary Archives: on Civil Rights

Heather Johnson: Marriage is a private matter, same-sex or not

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

A: Yes, marriage should not even be a government-defined contract. It is a private matter.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with Aug 18, 2014

Chris Coleman: Marriage equality required decades of fearlessness

Mayor Chris Coleman today released the following statement regarding today's Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution guarantees a right to marriage for same-sex couples:

"Just two years ago, rainbow flags flew over Saint Paul's Wabasha Street Bridge, spanning the mighty Mississippi River. Marriage equality had become law in our state. It required decades of fearlessness, hard work and faith on the part of millions of individuals across our state to reach that milestone. Today's ruling by the High Court means love is now the law across our nation--and I have never been more convinced that we are at our best as a city, state and nation than when we reach for and achieve equality."

Source: St. Paul MN Mayoral office press release "Marriage Equality" Jun 26, 2015

Erin Murphy: Confront divisive geography, gender, race and class

We need to remember that there is enough of the good life in Minnesota for all of our neighbors, in every community, to enjoy, and work to make that a reality. We need to confront the things that are dividing us; geography, gender, race and class, and recognize that there are others we can't see or understand. We need to do this because we are in this together and our future depends on the success of each of us.
Source: 2018 MN Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 17, 2017

Heather Johnson: Let the market change bigots, not affirmative action

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Legally require hiring women & minorities"?

A: How does this type of legislation change the hearts and minds of bigots? It doesn't, it breeds resentment from the misuse of government for a social ill, which is better changed through direct social human exchanges. For businesses that discriminate the market and consumer power can regulate it better than government and the penalty is worse, because the business may fail whereas these types of laws protect bigoted businesses from the consequence of failure at the same time they force them to hire a few women and minorities, which is a false representation of equality. Equality would be everyone hired upon their own merits by businesses that wish to attain the best for their businesses, which is really what women and minorities want, recognition for what we can do.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with Aug 18, 2014

Jeff Johnson: Traditional marriage between a man and a woman

I believe that parents know best how to raise their children and that government should not undermine their right to do so.

I support traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

Source: 2014 MN governor campaign website Nov 1, 2014

Tim Walz: No discrimination because of who they love

According to current law, states may decide whether or not they will recognize or perform same-sex marriages. Many states have passed constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman, while others allow same-sex marriages or civil unions. As you may know, the Supreme Court recently declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. Section 3 used specific language to ensure that only heterosexual couples would receive recognition from the federal government. The federal government will now recognize same-sex marriages from states that have already passed legislation legalizing these marriages.

I am a strong supporter of marriage equality and legislation that provides civil rights protections for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community. No one should be discriminated against because of who they love.

Source: 2018 MN gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

Tim Walz: Freedom from discrimination is elemental concept of nation

Possibly the most elemental concept of our nation is that of equal protection under the law and freedom from discrimination. The civil rights movement of the 1950's and 60's brought about profound change and made our nation a better, more just place. Today, while our causes may have expanded, the fight continues. As a nation, we must always strive to protect civil rights and as long as I remain in Congress, I will work tirelessly to do just that.
Source: 2018 MN gubernatorial campaign website May 2, 2017

Tina Liebling: Apply affirmative action to state hiring and state colleges

On 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: 2004 MN Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2004

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