State of West Virginia Archives: on Civil Rights

Stephen Noble Smith: Tax incentives to hire people with disabilities

End sub-minimum wage policies for people with disabilities. Become an Employment First state, and start the nation's most ambitious Jobs Program for people with disabilities. Fund up to 1,000 tax incentives annually for locally-owned, small businesses to hire People With Disabilities.
Source: 2020 W.V. Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 24, 2020

Stephen Noble Smith: End discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation

Pass the strongest Employment & Housing Non-Discrimination Act (EHNDA) in America. Basic protections for LGBTQ+ West Virginians are long overdue and should extend to employment, housing, health insurance, credit/lending, survivorship, foster care and second parent adoption, anti-bullying protections, state ID designations and family leave. No worker should be able to claim a religious exemption for providing core job functions to someone based on their gender or sexual orientation.
Source: 2020 W.V. Gubernatorial campaign website Jan 24, 2020

Patrick Morrisey: Disappointed with gay marriage legalization

Morrisey was against the ruling saying he was "very disappointed" and that the decision was no surprise to him. "States should be able to define marriage, that's always been my position," said Morrisey. "At the end of the day, you cannot deprive people the opportunity to debate issues themselves. Having unelected judges usurp the people's voice is really problematic."
Source: W.V. Metro News on 2018 West Virginia Senate race Jun 26, 2015

Alex Mooney: Defines marriage as one man and one woman

I support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Our government should support traditional families as the best way to raise children.
Source: 2014 W.V. House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

Evan Jenkins: Marriage is between one man and woman

Evan supported West Virginia's Defense of Marriage Act clearly recognizing that marriage is between one man and woman.
Source: 2014 W.V. House campaign website, Nov 4, 2014

John Buckley: Marriage equality for same-gender couples

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

A: Support. I favor marriage equality for same-gender couples.

Source: Email interview on 2014 W.V. Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 5, 2014

Jeff Kessler: No civil unions between same-sex couples

Source: W.V. Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Jeff Kessler: Affirmative action for state college but not in state hiring

Q: Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?

A: No.

Q:Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?

A: Yes.

Q: Should West Virginia continue affirmative action programs?

A: Yes.

Source: W.V. Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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