State of West Virginia secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Ben Salango: One can support both Black Lives Matter and the police

Salango said West Virginia needs a governor who would bring people together and not tear them apart. "We need a governor who is not going to make racially insensitive comments, referring to children as thugs," Salango said, referring to comments Justice made after a high school basketball game earlier this year. Salango said he rejects the notion that one can't support both the Black Lives Matter movement and police.

When asked about the Black Lives Matter movement, Justice said West Virginia is "blessed to have much better relations with others from other races," than the rest of the country. He said, "of course" Black lives matter. "They matter like all lives matter, and we should absolutely always try to work together," Justice said, noting that he has a problem with looting and burning businesses.

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail: 2020 West Virginia Governor debate Oct 13, 2020

Jim Justice: Black lives matter because all lives matter

When asked about the Black Lives Matter movement, Justice said West Virginia is "blessed to have much better relations with others from other races," than the rest of the country. He said, "of course" Black lives matter. "They matter like all lives matter, and we should absolutely always try to work together," Justice said, noting that he has a problem with looting and burning businesses.

Salango said West Virginia needs a governor who would bring people together and not tear them apart. "We need a governor who is not going to make racially insensitive comments, referring to children as thugs," Salango said, referring to comments Justice made after a high school basketball game earlier this year. Salango said he rejects the notion that one can't support both the Black Lives Matter movement and police.

Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail: 2020 West Virginia Governor debate Oct 13, 2020

Jim Justice: Would sign Fairness Act to protect LGBTQ in housing, jobs

A point of agreement between Justice and Salango was whether they would support the Fairness Act, a bill that, if passed by the Legislature, would make it illegal for employers or landlords to fire someone or kick them out of a rental property based on the employees' and tenants' sexual orientation or gender identity. Both men said they would sign the Fairness Act into law if it came to the governor's desk.
Source: Charleston Gazette-Mail: 2020 West Virginia Governor debate Oct 13, 2020

Jim Justice: State human rights commission is understaffed & underfunded

The state agency charged with protecting human rights in West Virginia continues to struggle with staffing because of low wages compared to the private sector, according to the acting director. Acting director Cameron McKinney continues to do two jobs, general counsel and acting director, since Justice terminated the employment of former director Marykaye Jacquet about a year ago. The Commission helps people file discrimination claims in the areas of housing, employment or public accommodations.
Source: Beckley Register-Herald on 2020 West Virginia governor race Mar 28, 2019

Jim Justice: Governor's Minority Affairs director condemned by NAACP

Justice appointed Jill Upson to serve as executive director of the state's Office of Minority Affairs. The Office is charged with reviewing research on policies that disproportionately affect minority populations and making recommendations. The NAACP West Virginia Conference called on Upson, who is black, to resign over her super-PAC's radio ad, which stated that "white Democrats" would "take us back to bad old days of race verdicts, life sentences, and lynchings."
Source: Beckley Register-Herald on 2020 West Virginia governor race Dec 4, 2018

Paula Jean Swearengin: Worrying about somebody's sexuality is just ridiculous

A: I honestly don't even understand the argument against LGBT rights. We have real issues to worry about and I think worrying about somebody's sexuality is just ridiculous. Q: Do you think that being pro-LGBT rights is a non-starter in a state like West Virginia?

Source: The New Republic on 2018 West Virginia Senate race May 19, 2017

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

Natalie Tennant: Treat gay couples equally, but no mandates on churches

Q: Do you support or oppose same-sex marriage and does what's happened in the courts change your opinion at all?

Capito: "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I have a long history of that dating back to when I was in the West Virginia legislature but I believe the decision that's been made is basically saying that the states will make their own decisions and I will abide by what the state of West Virginia decides in this matter."

Tennant: "I think that under the law that people should be treated equally and fairly. Now does a church go against its doctrine? No, not at all. A church should not go against its doctrine and it should not be forced to, but I think that we as West Virginians know about fairness and we know about freedom. Mountaineers are always free."

Source: WV MetroNews on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

Shelley Moore Capito: Marriage is between a man and a woman

Q: Do you support or oppose same-sex marriage and does what's happened in the courts change your opinion at all?

Capito: "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I have a long history of that dating back to when I was in the West Virginia legislature but I believe the decision that's been made is basically saying that the states will make their own decisions and I will abide by what the state of West Virginia decides in this matter."

Tennant: "I think that under the law that people should be treated equally and fairly. Now does a church go against its doctrine? No, not at all. A church should not go against its doctrine and it should not be forced to, but I think that we as West Virginians know about fairness and we know about freedom. Mountaineers are always free."

Source: WV MetroNews on 2014 West Virginia Senate debate Oct 8, 2014

John Buckley: Live and let live: support the freedom to marry

I don't fit the narrow mold of most political commentators. They just don't know what to make of me.

I'm for limited government and free enterprise; I'm also for peace and civil liberties; I support the freedom to marry as well as the freedom to carry. I believe in "live and let live." I'm for limited government and free enterprise; I'm also for peace and civil liberties; I support the freedom to marry as well as the freedom to carry. I believe in "live and let live."

Source: Charleston Daily Mail on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Aug 12, 2014

John Buckley: Shares home with his same-sex partner

After retiring from many years as an official with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Buckley is running for Senate this year from West Virginia, where he has a home with his same-sex partner, with the Libertarian Party. The Washington Post recognized the race as one of seven nationally where the L.P. could be a player.

Q: You are one of the few openly gay Senate candidates this year. How might that play into your votes?

A: voters however conservative politically or culturally they are have advanced light years forward on the issue of marriage. For younger voters it's really not an issue at all, gay marriage. To the extent I raise it, I see it as an issue among other issues about limited government, live and let live, bringing economic freedom and personal civil liberties together in a more consistent message.

Source: Reason magazine Q&A on 2014 West Virginia Senate race Jul 24, 2014

Pat McGeehan: Civil unions ok; anti-discrimination laws not ok

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in West Virginia's anti-discrimination laws?

A: No.

McGeehan adds, "Government should not interfere with marriage."

Source: West Virginia Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Jay Wolfe: No affirmative action; less government in job sector

Source: West Virginia Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Aug 8, 2008

Bob Wise: Restrict and regulate video gambling

Source: 2001 State of the State Address to West Virginia Legislature Feb 14, 2001

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