State of Idaho Archives: on Civil Rights


Michael Crapo: Safeguard traditional marriage; let states define

In the 110th Congress, I co-sponsored a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States declaring that marriage is between a man and a woman. I voted in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act. I will continue to work to protect the institution of marriage and will press for policies that safeguard traditional marriages and support the ability of states to determine the definition of marriage within the state.
Source: 2021 Idaho Senate campaign website CrapoForSenate.com Jun 16, 2021

Michael Crapo: Flag is enduring symbol of nation's great history

On Flag Day 2021, Crapo joined Senators Steve Daines (R-Montana), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) and Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) in introducing a constitutional amendment to prohibit the physical desecration of the American flag. "The American flag is one of the most visible and enduring symbols of our nation's great history, our struggle for independence and the continued belief in liberty and justice for all," said Senator Crapo.
Source: 2021 Idaho Senate campaign website crapo.senate.gov Jun 14, 2021

Paulette Jordan: Formed Idaho Voice, non-partisan voter rights group

She said her priority is "always people over party."

"I think conservatives and Democrats can align on this," Jordan said. "Neither (group) wants to promote corporations over people. It's not about being a Republican or Democrat. It's about being a good Idaho citizen." Following the 2018 election, Jordan has focused on issues and concerns raised during the gubernatorial campaign. She formed Idaho Voice, a nonpartisan organization that supports grassroots civic engagement efforts and voter rights.

Source: The Lewiston Tribune on 2020 Idaho Senate race May 4, 2020

Nancy Harris: Protect the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals

Source: 2020 Idaho Senate website NancyHarrisForSenate.com Feb 5, 2020

Raul Labrador: 1st Amendment Defense: religious opposition to gay marriage

Q: Where do you stand on enacting legislation protecting citizens from civil action for exercising their religious beliefs?

Labrador: "All people have a fundamental God-given right to worship in accordance with one's own beliefs. Our Constitution is designed to prevent the government from hindering the free exercise of religion. As governor, I will always protect the right of individuals, professionals, and private businesses to be free from government interference with their religious beliefs and will oppose legislation that puts Idahoans at risk of civil action for exercising their religious beliefs."

What you should know: In 2015, Labrador introduced in Congress the First Amendment Defense Act, which would give legal protection to people and entities that oppose gay marriage on religious grounds. As a candidate, President Donald Trump said he would sign the bill if Congress passed it. Congress has not moved on the legislation since Trump took office.

Source: Idaho Statesman on 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial debate Feb 25, 2018

Brad Little: No to gay marriage

I believe that marriage is the union between a man and woman.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website BradLittleForIdaho.com Sep 1, 2017

Raul Labrador: Detests white supremacy AND black nationalism

Following urging from Governor Butch Otter earlier in the day, Labrador finally made his own statement about the events in Charlottesville. In the statement, he says, "I detest white supremacy as much as I detest black nationalism and other forms of identity politics." He then says he abhors and condemns the violence, bigotry and racism that were on display.
Source: Boise State Public Radio on 2018 Idaho gubernatorial race Aug 16, 2017

Tommy Ahlquist: Opposed gay marriage; will safeguard tradition

Tommy believes that marriage should be the union of a man and a woman. As our governor, he will support policies that promote and safeguard the traditional institution of marriage.
Source: 2018 Idaho Gubernatorial website TommyForIdaho.com Aug 8, 2017

Raul Labrador: Marriage is between one man and one woman

Raul believes that marriage is between one man and one woman and strongly supported Idaho's constitutional amendment protecting marriage. Raul strongly supported Idaho's constitutional amendment protecting marriage.
Source: 2010 House campaign website, labrador4idaho.com, "Issues" Nov 2, 2010

Jim Risch: States define marriage; Idaho prohibits same-sex

States have typically determined their definitions of marriage. Idaho's law, which I supported, prohibits same-sex unions.

Some years ago, Congress passed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which allows states to refuse to acknowledge the laws of other states regarding same-sex unions and defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman as husband and wife. I oppose efforts to repeal that law.

As other states more liberal than Idaho expand their definitions of marriage to include same-sex unions, some fear courts will force states, like Idaho, to embrace broader definitions of marriage. At different times, a constitutional amendment on the legal definition of marriage has been proposed. Should an amendment defining marriage in the same way as DOMA come before the full Senate, I will support it.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 Idaho Senate race Apr 3, 2008

Brad Little: Voter referendum to define marriage in State Constitution

Legislative Summary:Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Idaho to provide that a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.Legislative Outcome: Sen. Little voted AYE; passed House 53-17-0, Feb. 6; passed Senate 26-9-0, Feb. 15.
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on HJR 2 Feb 15, 2006

Russ Fulcher: Voter referendum to define marriage in State Constitution

Legislative Summary:Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Idaho to provide that a marriage between a man and a woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.Legislative Outcome: Sen. Fulcher voted AYE; passed House 53-17-0, Feb. 6; passed Senate 26-9-0, Feb. 15.
Source: Idaho Legislative voting records on HJR 2 Feb 15, 2006

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