State of Oklahoma Archives: on Civil Rights

James Lankford: Equality Act not about equality, prohibits disagreement

The Equality Act amends the 1964 Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. Some religious organizations object, saying it would force them to violate their convictions. "The Equality Act is not about equality," Lankford said. "It's about imposing and prohibiting disagreement."
Source: Tulsa World on 2022 Oklahoma Senate race Jun 20, 2021

Chris Powell: Strongly supports same-sex marriage

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

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Oklahoma Governor candidate May 15, 2018

Joe Maldonado: Strongly supports same-sex marriage

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

A: Yes, I am a gay man married legally to another.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Oklahoma Governor candidate May 15, 2018

Mike Workman: Equal treatment regardless of sexual orientation

EQUALITY: Equal treatment under the law for all regardless of their race, color, creed, sexual orientation, or national origin. Protect and expand middle class by reducing income inequality. Protect a woman's right to choose their own health care, including unhindered access to abortion counseling and services. Establish a fair path to citizenship for undocumented workers and their families. Support automatic voter registration with opt-out provisions.
Source: 2016 OK Senate campaign website facebook/Workman-4-Oklahoma Aug 8, 2016

Kevin Stine: Government should not interfere in marriage

Medford City Councilor Kevin Stine has jumped into the Democratic primary race against U.S. Senator Ron Wyden. "Some of Wyden's votes run against Democratic values," the 29-year-old said, referring to himself as a progressive Democrat.

Stine said he describes himself as to the left on social issues, believing people should have free choice without government interfering in marriage or a woman's right to choose. On fiscal issues, he said he is more conservative.

Source: Medford Mail Tribune on 2016 Oklahoma Senate race Sep 21, 2015

James Inhofe: 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.

Inhofe: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Mick Cornett: Wants local government to have diversity; represent everyone

Mayor Cornett, now in his fourth term, said his definition of diversity might differ from others. He wants people of all races, creeds and genders involved in local government. But it's more than that. There's a need for the city staff to geographically represent the city, as well.
Source: The Oklahoman on 2018 Oklahoma gubernatorial race Jul 2, 2014

Dan Boren: Code Talker Recognition Act: recognize WWII Native Americans

The Cherokee Nation and Comanche Nation are among more than 30 tribes receiving a Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony Wednesday to honor Native American Code Talkers. Representatives from 33 tribes across the country will be on hand at the US Capitol for the ceremony. Congress passed an act in 2008 recognizing the work of the Code Talkers who used their native language to pass messages to confuse the enemy during World Wars I and II. Each tribe will be presented with a gold medal.

"Native Americans who served as code talkers during World War I and II are true American heroes whose ingenuity helped propel the Allied forces to victory and saved countless lives in the process," said Sen. Jim Inhofe. "These awards recognize that dedicated service. After nearly a decade of working to secure the gold medal award, in 2008, Congressman Dan Boren and I were finally able to see the Code Talkers Recognition Act enacted, and I am proud this long awaited ceremony has finally occurred."

Source: The Claremore Daily Progress on 2014 Oklahoma Governor race Nov 20, 2013

Matt Silverstein: Equal pay concept: level the field for women

Real Equality for Women: Equal pay concept.

Women are paid less than men for the same work and that must change. Matt is a husband, father of a two-year old daughter, and grew up in a household as the older brother to two younger sisters. He is an adamant fighter for women. Matt has pledged to support forward thinking policies that help level the field for women. He is also a strong advocate for the Violence Against Women's Act, equality for women in the military, and overall women's health issues. Congress should never turn a blind eye to inequality towards women and we should all support common sense efforts to help local officials address these inequalities. The first step is admitting they exist.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website,, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Matt Silverstein: Firm support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians

Matt Silverstein this week was in Oklahoma City where he met with the Cimarron Alliance, an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) advocacy organization.

Silverstein expressed his firm support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians. "I will not be on the wrong side of the civil-rights issue of the day and that is marriage equality," he said.

Source: coverage of 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Aug 13, 2013

Matt Silverstein: Grandmother beaten for speaking her native Choctaw language

Noting his Choctaw grandmother, Silverstein said her stories of being thrown into a government boarding school and beaten if she spoke her native language, taught him that government can't be allowed to get too big or too powerful, while also helping him recognize the importance of supporting the 2nd amendment's right-to-bear arms.
Source: coverage of 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Aug 13, 2013

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