David Perdue on Civil Rights
Supreme Court overstepped in legalizing same-sex marriage
Q: Support gay marriage and other LGBTQ rights issues?
Perdue: No. Sees marriage as "between one man and one woman." In legalizing same-sex marriage, the
Supreme Court "overstepped" its role.
Ossoff: Yes. Supports LGBTQ Rights, and Equality Act against discrimination for gender or orientation.
Source: CampusElect on 2020 Georgia Senate race
, Nov 3, 2020
OpEd: avoids voter suppression questions
Perdue appeared to dodge a college student's inquiry by ripping the cellphone out of his hand. The senator was at Georgia Tech to campaign for gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp when he was approached by a member of the school's Young Democratic
Socialists of America and asked about tens of thousands of voter registrations that Kemp, as the secretary of state, is refusing to process. "How can you endorse a candidate..." he says, before Perdue takes the phone from his hand ending his question.
Source: ABC News on 2020 Georgia Senate race
, Oct 15, 2018
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.
Perdue: Strongly Agree
Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Georgia Senate race
, Sep 30, 2014
AdWatch: Perdue's company sued for gender pay discrimination
Emily's List will launch a $1 million ad campaign targeting David Perdue, focusing on a discrimination lawsuit filed by women at a company he ran. The ad, entitled "Letter," details the lawsuit's charges: that Dollar General, the company where Perdue
served as a CEO for four years, paid women less than men for similar positions.
Perdue served as CEO of Dollar General from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, more than 2,000 female store managers filed a lawsuit against Dollar General, claiming the company
consistently paid male managers more than female ones. Dollar General ultimately paid millions to settle the case in 2011, after Perdue had left the company.
"David Perdue owes the people an explanation for why he's killed and outsourced jobs and why
his company was at the center of a pay discrimination suit--and most importantly, whether he still believes that women and men should not be paid the same amount for the same job," said the president of Emily's List.
Source: DailyKos.com on 2014 Georgia Senate race
, Aug 22, 2014
Uphold Georgia's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage
As for supporting or opposing the right of same-sex Georgians to marry, Perdue said Georgians have already passed a constitutional amendment banning that action.
"As a senator, I've got to uphold that, so I support that, whatever the law of the land is
in Georgia," he said. "As a U.S. senator, I'm not going to get involved in state decisions like this. It's a constitutional amendment. If that changes, then I will support that with the population.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal on 2014 Georgia Senate race
, Feb 16, 2014
Protect traditional marriage
I believe that we must protect traditional marriage, keeping it clearly defined as between one man and one woman.
Being pro-life and believing in the sanctity of marriage are my deeply held personal convictions. I will not waver in defending them if I have the privilege of serving you in the U.S Senate.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, perduesenate.com, "Issues"
, Jul 25, 2013
Respect faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage.
Perdue co-sponsored respecting faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage
Congressional Summary: The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) prohibits the federal government from taking discriminatory action against a person on the basis that such person believes or acts in accordance with a religious belief or moral conviction that:
Legal Argument Opposed: [Secular.org]: "The stated purpose of FADA is to protect the tax-exempt status, government contract, or any other federal benefit of those who do not comply with the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. This act's true impact would allow for sweeping, taxpayer-funded discrimination against same-sex couples and their children--all under the guise of religious liberty. FADA would completely eviscerate the historic nondiscrimination Executive Order that President Obama signed last summer that prohibits federal contractors from
engaging in discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The First Amendment protects freedom of religion and freedom from religion, not the special privileges of the religiously affiliated at the expense of the fundamental rights of other Americans."
- marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or
- sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.
Political Argument Opposed: [ACLU, July 20, 2015]: The House of Representatives & leading anti-LGBT organizations are pushing a bill--disingenuously titled the First Amendment Defense Act--that would open the door to unprecedented taxpayer-funded discrimination against LGBT people, single mothers, and unmarried couples. This bill would
Source: H.R.2802 16-HR2802 on Jun 17, 2015
- allow federal contractors, including those that provide homeless shelters or drug treatment programs, to turn away LGBT people
- permit a university to fire an unmarried teacher simply for becoming pregnant
- permit federal employees to refuse to process tax returns, visa applications, or Social Security checks for all married same-sex couples
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