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Bill Cassidy on Civil Rights

 

 


Georgia stops electioneering: no water at poll entrance

Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC): Is it going too far to criminalize giving somebody a bottle of water standing in line trying to vote, standing in line for four or five hours? Everything we have seen coming out of Georgia violates the Constitution of the United States of America.

CASSIDY: Most of what Representative Clyburn said was wrong or misleading. If these laws are constitutional, they will be struck down. They're not criminalizing giving people water. They're just saying you can't walk up to them just before they walk in, give them water and tell them who to vote for. You can still give water to the people working at the poll. They can distribute it. And shall I point out that Georgia has more early voting days than does Delaware or New York by far. They have no-excuse absentee voting. So, when Representative Clyburn says a 90-year-old woman has to stand in line for four hours, in Georgia, she doesn't. I think, in Delaware, she might have to, or New York.

Source: CNN 2022 "State of the Union" interview of Clyburn & Cassidy , Jan 16, 2022

Racism has no place in American life

Q: Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

A: Racism has no place in American life. We are all first children of God and then citizens of the United States of America. We must all come together in common purpose and understanding that our nation is better now than it once was and we must strive for even better, tomorrow.

Source: AFA iVoterGuide on 2020 Louisiana Senate race , Nov 3, 2020

Feds should not get involved in state action on religion

Cassidy says the Religious Freedom Acts are just in place to help people protect their First Amendment right of freedom of religion. And the federal government should not involve themselves in state decisions. Government should not bully. There needs to be some tolerance for all or there will be some tension there.
Source: WDSU-6 News on 2020 Louisiana Senate race , Apr 1, 2015

Laws preventing religious discrimination are "intimidation"

We know that religious freedom is at stake here. As the Hobby Lobby case demonstrated, religious freedom and our First Amendment rights are being increasingly attacked. We should oppose using the long arm of the stale to intimidate people of faith. I will continue to oppose laws such as ENDA that can be used as an excuse to use legal intimidation to attempt to limit freedom of faith and freedom of speech. All Americans, no matter what our political persuasion, should oppose such laws.
Source: Family Research Council on 2020 Louisiana Senate race , Nov 7, 2014

Voted NO on reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act.

Congressional Summary:
    Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) to add or expand definitions of several terms used in such Act, including :
  1. "culturally specific services" to mean community-based services that offer culturally relevant and linguistically specific services and resources to culturally specific communities;
  2. "personally identifying information" with respect to a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking;
  3. "underserved populations" as populations that face barriers in accessing and using victim services because of geographic location, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity; and
  4. "youth" to mean a person who is 11 to 24 years old.

Opponent's Argument for voting No (The Week; Huffington Post, and The Atlantic): House Republicans had objected to provisions in the Senate bill that extended VAWA's protections to lesbians, gays, immigrants, and Native Americans. For example, Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) voted against the VAWA bill because it was a "politically–motivated, constitutionally-dubious Senate version bent on dividing women into categories by race, transgender politics and sexual preference." The objections can be grouped in two broadly ideological areas--that the law is an unnecessary overreach by the federal government, and that it represents a "feminist" attack on family values. The act's grants have encouraged states to implement "mandatory-arrest" policies, under which police responding to domestic-violence calls are required to make an arrest. These policies were intended to combat the too-common situation in which a victim is intimidated into recanting an abuse accusation. Critics also say VAWA has been subject to waste, fraud, and abuse because of insufficient oversight.

Reference: Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act; Bill H.R.11 ; vote number 13-HV055 on Feb 28, 2013

Protect anti-same-sex marriage opinions as free speech.

Cassidy co-sponsored Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

Congressional Summary:Congress finds the following:

  1. Leading legal scholars concur that conflicts between same-sex marriage and religious liberty are real and should be legislatively addressed.
  2. As the President stated in response to the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, 'Americans hold a wide range of views' on the issue of same-sex marriage, and 'maintaining our Nation's commitment to religious freedom' is 'vital'.
  3. Protecting religious freedom from Government intrusion is a Government interest of the highest order.
  4. Laws that protect the free exercise of religious beliefs about marriage will encourage private citizens and institutions to demonstrate similar tolerance and therefore contribute to a more respectful, diverse, and peaceful society.
[Accordingly, this bill] prohibits the federal government from taking an adverse action against a person for acts in accordance with a religious belief that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.

Opponent's argument against bill: (David Brunori on Forbes.com): A bipartisan group of lawmakers thinks it's appropriate for the American taxpayer to subsidize organizations fighting for "traditional marriage." The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act would give non-profit organizations that don't like gay marriage the ability to engage in partisan political activities without the fear of losing their exempt status. The sponsors are touting the bill as a means of protecting freedom of conscience on the issue of marriage. The proposed law will allow non-profit organizations to engage in political activity, as long as it's for championing heterosexual marriage, while non-profits supporting marriage equality cannot engage in partisan political activity. The tax laws should be neutral when it comes to politics.

Source: H.R.3133 13-H3133 on Sep 19, 2013

Strongly anti-gender identity, according to AFA survey.

Cassidy opposes the AFA survey question on gender identity

The AFA inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws'? Self-description: (American Family Association helps produce iVoterGuides): "Grounded in God; rooted in research"; they "thoroughly investigate candidates"; when they cannot "evaluate with confidence, they receive an 'Insufficient' rating" (& we exclude)

Source: AFA Survey 20AFA-3B on Sep 11, 2020

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