State of Arizona Archives: on Civil Rights


Blake Masters: Highlights opposition to critical race theory

Masters said he plans to focus on "law and order, securing the border and supporting police" and the economic recovery, focused on middle-class workers. He also criticized large tech companies and highlighted GOP culture war issues like opposition to critical race theory, which has been increasingly central to GOP candidates as an issue that revs up their political base.
Source: Politico.com on 2022 Arizona Senate race Jul 12, 2021

Mark Kelly: Wrong that LGBTQ people can be married and get fired for it

Q: Support same-sex marriage?

Mark Kelly: Yes. "It's wrong that LGBTQ Arizonans can be married one day and fired for that marriage the next day."

Martha McSally: Mixed. Said in 2013 she believed marriage is between one man and one woman, but later accepted same-sex marriage as the law.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Arizona Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Mark Kelly: Demand accountability on deep systemic issues with racism

Calls for defunding police--moving government funding from law enforcement to community services--have been loud around the country. "We have some deep systemic issues here with racism in the country, and we've got to demand accountability," Kelly said. "There needs to be a justice system that doesn't discriminate against anyone because of their race, but I do no agree that we should defund the police."
Source: KTAR News 92.3-FM on 2020 Arizona Senate race Jun 12, 2020

Mark Kelly: Human Rights Campaign: endorsed as voice for equality

HRC endorsement: "I'm proud to earn the endorsement of the Human Rights Campaign and the trust that comes along with it to be a voice for equality in the United States Senate," said Kelly. "Arizona is one of dozens of states where our LGBTQ neighbors aren't protected from discrimination because of who they are. It's wrong that LGBTQ Arizonans can be married one day and fired for that marriage the next. Together we'll fight to ensure that LGBTQ Arizonans have equal protections under the law."
Source: Human Rights Campaign 2020 Arizona Senate endorsements Jan 23, 2020

David Garcia: No discrimination based on sexual orientation

Q: Support LGBTQ rights?

Doug Ducey (R): Somewhat. Personally supports "traditional marriage" but supports letting married same-sex couples adopt & raise foster children.

David Garcia (D): Yes. Will prohibit state employees & state contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Martha McSally: Personally opposes gay marriage, but accepts law

Q: Gay Marriage: Support gay marriage?

Martha McSally (R): Personally opposes, "marriage is between one man & one woman," but now accepts as the law.

Kyrsten Sinema (D): Yes. Sinema is Bisexual and strong LGBT rights supporter. Called Supreme Court decision "A historic victory for families."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Arizona Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Deedra Abboud: Strongly supports same-sex marriage

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

A: Strongly Support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Doug Marks: Government shouldn't be in the marriage business

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

A: Yes, Gov't shouldn't be in the marriage business.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arizona Senate candidate Mar 5, 2018

Deedra Abboud: All government levels should protect human rights

Matters that involve human rights and discrimination should never be left to private companies whose main focus, generally, is gaining profit for themselves and their shareholders. Governments on all levels have a responsibility to uphold laws and protections of all people they serve. That responsibility has been mandated by public investments in the form of taxes that pay the salaries and expenses for all levels of government bodies and officials.
Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website Deedra2018.com Dec 12, 2017

Joe Arpaio: Convicted then pardoned for violating Latinos' civil rights

The pardon that Donald Trump granted Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, sends this message to American law enforcement: if you violate the civil rights of Latinos while enforcing immigration law, the president approves--and even if you're one of the vanishingly few sheriffs or police chiefs that the DOJ charges with a crime, he'll intervene to spare you. The pardon is a slap in the face to Latinos, and ought to be an affront to all fair-minded Americans who value the Constitution.
Source: The Atlantic on 2018 Arizona Senate race Aug 26, 2017

Steve Farley: Take down racist Confederate statues

Asked if the state's Confederate monuments should be removed Farley was direct in his answer: "Those Confederate monuments need to go now. They are not monuments in history, they are monuments to a moment in our history: they're celebrating the accomplishments of racists." Farley [said] Ducey should call an emergency meeting of the Legislative Governmental Mall Commission and direct them to take down the monuments, "not punt, the way he's done."
Source: The Arizona Republic on 2018 Arizona gubernatorial race Aug 19, 2017

Deedra Abboud: Protect LGBTQ community to ensure equality

The LGBTQ community and their allies have fought long and hard for equality. Marriage equality is the law of the land but many discrimination laws stop short of actual protection. We are also seeing, once again, more religiously based rhetoric and laws targeting the LGBTQ community across the country.

Highly personal decisions should be made by individuals with a minimum of interference from the government and our elected leaders should never base their representation on religious interpretation.

Source: 2018 Arizona Senate campaign website Deedra2018.com Jul 17, 2017

Deedra Abboud: Equal pay for equal work, and paid sick leave

[Asked about women in the workplace], Abboud said she is "ready to fight for equal pay for women."

"Because I am a woman and I have experienced getting paid less than my male colleagues," she said. "I'm ready to make sure that working families have paid sick leave so they can take care of themselves and those they love."

Source: The Arizona Republic on 2018 Arizona gubernatorial race Apr 10, 2017

Kyrsten Sinema: Co-chair Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

"On behalf of the co-chairs, I thank my colleagues in both parties who have joined the LGBT Equality Caucus and pledged to stand for and with the LGBT community," Sinema said in a statement. "While we've made significant process in recent years, we still have more work to do and must protect the progress we've made. Our caucus continues to work to ensure every American has the fundamental freedom and opportunity to pursue the American Dream."
Source: Washington Blade on 2018 Arizona Senate race Feb 7, 2017

Kelli Ward: Rated 0% by Stonewall Democrats for anti-gay policies

Group ratings on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity for 2014: Stonewall Democrats of Arizona rate Kelli Ward at 0%, indicating anti-gay policy stances. Mission statement:

"Stonewall Democrats of Arizona is first an LGBTQI organization. It is our goal and intent to help level the playing field, to promote equality--marriage, health, employment and more--for the LGBTQI community. Further, SDA will support equality across the board. Immigration reform, intelligent weapons safety, education, business and welfare, women's rights, the environment, student and senior rights--these are things SDA may also touch on. Our goal is to keep elected Democratic officials in office and get more of our candidates elected, to stand against those in office (and sometimes without) who are against equality and civil rights, to fight harmful Arizona legislation and those who author it, put it forward and support it."

Source: Project Vote-Smart group ratings on 2016 Arizona Senate race Jul 27, 2015

Martha McSally: I know first-hand the discrimination women face

As the first woman in U.S. history to fly a fighter aircraft in combat and command a fighter squadron, I know first-hand the challenges, biases, harassment, and discrimination women in our country face. I managed to break through these glass ceilings along with many other trail-blazing women who figured out how to succeed in a very male-dominated environment. Now, I want to continue fighting for women's rights in Congress.

I fought for eight years to overturn a Pentagon policy requiring U.S. servicewomen to wear Muslim garb when off base in Saudi Arabia. After more than six years, I was ordered to follow these demeaning and discriminatory policies and threatened to be court-martialed if I did not comply. I complied for 13 months while continuing to advocate for a policy change, then put my career on the line and filed McSally vs Rumsfeld in court. I then shepherded legislation to overturn the policy once and for all.

Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, McSallyForCongress.com Nov 4, 2014

Doug Ducey: Outreach to Navajo tribe: it's all about protecting jobs

Doug Ducey reached out to the Navajo people: "Doug Ducey is running to be the Governor of all the people of Arizona. He understands the issues important to the Navajo people, including access to a clean and reliable water supply, issues relating to jobs and economic growth, and the need to fight back against harmful federal regulations that could shut down the Navajo Generating Station, which employs mostly Navajo people," wrote Ducey's communications director.

Not many Republicans reach out to the heavily Democratic Navajo tribe, but Ducey says it's all about protecting jobs, especially the ones at Navajo Generating station in northern Arizona that employees hundreds of people. Ducey's communications director said, "If elected, Doug will work to kickstart the economy for all of Arizona, remove harmful and burdensome regulations that are keeping businesses from putting people to work, and reform our K-12 education system to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality education.

Source: Navajo Post on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race Aug 25, 2014

Fred DuVal: Strongly supports marriage equality

Q: If the public votes to support same sex marriage--as Governor, will you?

A: I strongly support marriage equality and equal rights for all Arizonans. As governor, if the courts have not thrown out our ban on marriage equality, I will use the bully pulpit to make sure marriage equality becomes a reality in Arizona in 2016.

Source: KSAZ Fox 10 Phoenix on 2014 Arizona governor race Jul 28, 2014

Jan Brewer: Vetoed allowing business to discriminate against gays

Legislative Summary: SB1062: Allows a person to assert a free exercise of religion claim or defense in a judicial proceeding.

Analysis by CNN (2/21/14): Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. [Opponents] said it would sanction discrimination and open the state to the risk of damaging litigation.

Veto message: I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before; society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that SB 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value; so is non-discrimination.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 17-13-0 on Feb/19/14; Passed House 33-27-0 on Feb/20/14; Vetoed on Feb/26/14

Source: CNN analysis of Arizona legislative voting record SB1062 Jun 26, 2014

Debbie Lesko: Allow business to cite religion to not serve gays

Legislative Summary: SB1062: Allows a person to assert a free exercise of religion claim or defense in a judicial proceeding.

Analysis by CNN (2/21/14): Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. [Opponents] said it would sanction discrimination and open the state to the risk of damaging litigation.

Veto message: I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before; society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that SB 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value; so is non-discrimination.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 17-13-0 on Feb/19/14; Passed House 33-27-0 on Feb/20/14; State Rep. Debbie Lesko voted YES; Vetoed on Feb/26/14

Source: CNN analysis of Arizona legislative voting record SB1062 Jun 20, 2014

Andy Biggs: Allow business to cite religion to not serve gays

Legislative Summary: SB1062: Allows a person to assert a free exercise of religion claim or defense in a judicial proceeding.

Analysis by CNN (2/21/14): Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. [Opponents] said it would sanction discrimination and open the state to the risk of damaging litigation.

Veto message: I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before; society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that SB 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value; so is non-discrimination.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 17-13-0 on Feb/19/14; State Sen. Andy Biggs voted YES; Passed House 33-27-0 on Feb/20/14; Vetoed on Feb/26/14

Source: CNN analysis of Arizona legislative voting record SB1062 Jun 19, 2014

Kelli Ward: Allow business to cite religion to not serve gays

Legislative Summary: SB1062: Allows a person to assert a free exercise of religion claim or defense in a judicial proceeding.

Analysis by CNN (2/21/14): Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. [Opponents] said it would sanction discrimination and open the state to the risk of damaging litigation.

Veto message: I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before; society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that SB 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value; so is non-discrimination.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 17-13-0 on Feb/19/14; State Sen. Kelli Ward voted YES; Passed House 33-27-0 on Feb/20/14; Vetoed on Feb/26/14

Source: CNN analysis of Arizona legislative voting record SB1062 Jun 19, 2014

Steve Farley: Don't let business use religion to discriminate against gays

Legislative Summary: SB1062: Allows a person to assert a free exercise of religion claim or defense in a judicial proceeding.

Analysis by CNN (2/21/14): Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. [Opponents] said it would sanction discrimination and open the state to the risk of damaging litigation.

Veto message: I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before; society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that SB 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value; so is non-discrimination.

Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 17-13-0 on Feb/19/14; State Sen. Steve Farley voted NO; Passed House 33-27-0 on Feb/20/14; Vetoed on Feb/26/14

Source: CNN analysis of Arizona legislative voting record SB1062 Jun 19, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Fight for same-sex marriage in all 50 states

I played a central role in forcing Gov. Brewer to veto the discriminatory SB 1062, a bill allowing businesses to deny service based on sexual orientation. I was a harsh critic of the bill and drew significant national media attention to the effort by announcing on the House floor that the bill would create "open season" on the LGBTQ community. As a US Congressman, I will:
Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Ruben Gallego: Equal work for equal pay; be ashamed of the wage gap

I just can't fathom what motivates some of the crazy policies that would keep women from earning equal work for equal pay. Our entire culture should be ashamed that a wage gap exists between men and women. But rather than working to reverse an obvious injustice, Republicans seem committed to antiquated ideas. In Congress, I will fight not only for Paycheck Fairness, but also to bring an end to the offensive ideology that allowed wage disparity to become an issue in the first place.
Source: 2014 Arizona House campaign website, GallegoForArizona.com May 31, 2014

Doug Ducey: Solid conservative record on same sex marriage

State Treasurer Doug Ducey has picked up another conservative endorsement in the Arizona governor's race. The Concerned Woman Political Action Committee announced today it was backing Ducey in the crowded Republican primary to succeed term-limited Jan Brewer. "Doug Ducey has a solid record on issues that matter to conservatives," said Concerned Women's CEO. The Washington group opposes abortion rights and same sex marriage.
Source: Phoenix Business Journal on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race May 30, 2014

Fred DuVal: Criticized anti-gay legislation

DuVal said lawmakers earned between a D (for "disappointing") and F (for "failure") for recently completed legislative session. DuVal called for more dollars for education and child-welfare programs; said he was opposed to expanding programs that provide public dollars for private schools; criticized lawmakers for passing anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation; and promised to reverse Gov. Jan Brewer's push to deny driver's licenses and in-state tuition for DREAM Act kids.
Source: AZ Illustrated Politics on 2014 Arizona gubernatorial race May 4, 2014

Fred DuVal: Equal pay for equal work, not $0.82 for women vs. $1 for men

Fred DuVal tweets: "In Arizona, a woman earns 82 cents for every $1 a man earns."

"Retweet if you think women deserve #EqualPay for equal work."

Source: 2014 Arizona campaign Twitter posting on governor's race Apr 8, 2014

Jan Brewer: Arnold v. Sarn deal: mentally ill participate in society

As governor, I insisted that we properly fund and fundamentally reform behavioral health into a holistic, community-based system. With good faith negotiations in the Arnold v. Sarn litigation, this goal was accomplished. This win-win solution allows the seriously mentally ill to participate in society in a more meaningful way, and to receive the services and care they require and deserve. We also introduced metrics to evaluate the system and hold it accountable.

As a result of these historic reforms, I was proud to announce last week an agreement--subject to final court approval--that will end the Arnold v. Sarn litigation, while reaffirming Arizona's commitment to a community-based behavioral health care system.

Now, let me be clear: While this watershed agreement ends more than 30 years of litigation, it is structured so that if a future Governor or Legislature fails to live up to its terms, plaintiffs will be able to reopen the case. This should NEVER happen!

Source: 2014 State of the State Address to Arizona legislature Jan 13, 2014

Janet Napolitano: Not gay; just a straight, single workaholic

Napolitano, who has never been married or had children, has long been the subject of a whisper campaign about her sexuality, including some dirty campaign tricks in 2002 when 'vote gay' fliers were posted next to her campaign signs. She is not gay, she has said, 'just a straight, single workaholic.'
Source: The Arizona Republic Sep 24, 2009

Kyrsten Sinema: Include gender identity in anti-discrimination laws

Q: Should Arizona recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: Yes.

Source: Arizona 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Kyrsten Sinema: Apply Affirmative Action to all state decisions

Q: 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: Arizona 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2006

Janet Napolitano: Marriage is 1-man-1-woman, but oppose Prop.107 defining it

Arizona voters will be asked to decide on Proposition 107, known as Protect Marriage Arizona. On its surface, the initiative is about gay marriage. Though same-sex marriage is illegal in Arizona, if the proposition passes, an article on marriage would be added to the state Constitution that could be changed only by another constitutional amendment.

What it says: "To preserve and protect marriage in this state, only a union between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage by this state or its political subdivisions and no legal status for unmarried persons shall be created or recognized by this state or its political subdivisions that is similar to that of marriage."

Gov. Napolitano believes marriage is between one man and one woman, but she opposes Proposition 107. Napolitano, who has never been married or had children, has long been the subject of a whisper campaign about her sexuality. She is not gay, she has said, "just a straight, single workaholic."

Source: Amanda J. Crawford in The Arizona Republic Sep 24, 2006

George W. Bush: Help minority business by unbundling government contracts

Q: Do you see a need for affirmative action programs, or have we moved far enough along that we no longer need to use race and gender as a factor?

KERRY: Regrettably, we have not moved far enough along. And I regret to say that this administration has even blocked steps that could help us move further along. On the Small Business Committee, we have a goal for minority set-aside programs. [The Bush Administration] doesn’t reach those goals. They don’t even fight to reach those goals. They’ve tried to undo them. The fact is that in too many parts of our country, we still have discrimination.

BUSH: Like my opponent, I don’t agree we ought to have quotas. I agree, we shouldn’t have quotas. I believe the best way to help our small businesses is to unbundle government contracts so people have a chance to be able to bid and receive a contract to help get their business going. Minority ownership of businesses are up, because we created an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to be strong.

Source: [Xref Kerry] Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

John Kerry: Help minority business by small business set-aside programs

Q: Do you see a need for affirmative action programs, or have we moved far enough along that we no longer need to use race and gender as a factor?

KERRY: Regrettably, we have not moved far enough along. And I regret to say that this administration has even blocked steps that could help us move further along. On the Small Business Committee, we have a goal for minority set-aside programs. [The Bush Administration] doesn’t reach those goals. They don’t even fight to reach those goals. They’ve tried to undo them. The fact is that in too many parts of our country, we still have discrimination.

BUSH: Like my opponent, I don’t agree we ought to have quotas. I agree, we shouldn’t have quotas. I believe the best way to help our small businesses is to unbundle government contracts so people have a chance to be able to bid and receive a contract to help get their business going. Minority ownership of businesses are up, because we created an environment for the entrepreneurial spirit to be strong.

Source: Third Bush-Kerry Debate, in Tempe Arizona Oct 13, 2004

Gabby Giffords: Civil unions ok; marriage definition not ok

Q: Should Arizona include sexual orientation in its anti-discrimination laws?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arizona recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Arizona restrict marriage to a relationship only between a man and a woman?

A: No.

Source: 2000 Arizona State National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2000

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