Our Civil Rights

 

  • Against Discrimination of All Kinds
  • Stop Throwing The Book At Nonviolent Drug Offenders
  • Voter Suppression Is Real
  • LGBTQ People Do Exist 

I'm against discrimination of all kinds, regardless of race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Love and compassion and mercy for everyone. That will dictate where I stand on everything. 

I believe we need to stop throwing the book at non-violent drug offenders, which affects minorities more than anyone else. Over-imprisoning minorities in private for-profit prisons is something I stand firmly against. I also believe voter suppression is a very real civil rights issue that must be confronted and addressed.  

As far as our LGBTQ citizens are concerned, I know people have strong feelings about the issue, but to me, whether or not to respect the rights of our LGBTQ citizens boils down to one question: Do you think they exist? I know quite a few personally, and they're great people. It's pretty clear to me they do exist, which means God created them, which means they should be treated exactly like everyone else - with equal protection under the law. No one should have to live in fear of being fired or discriminated against because of who they are or who they love. It shouldn’t matter which state they live in.

More and more Americans are coming around to acknowledging the existence of our LGBTQ citizens and treating them as equals. I stand with the majority of Tennesseans in believing the Supreme Court made the right decision regarding same-sex marriage. And while I know many agree with Marsha, who was "disappointed" with the ruling, what I would say to Marsha, and those who feel the same way, is this: I assure you, LGBTQ people aren't trying to do anything but live peacefully with the ones they love, just like everyone else.

It's time to move forward on this.

 

 

 

 

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