Alison Grimes on Civil Rights



Supports allowing gay marriage

Grimes also repeated her support for allowing gay marriage, acknowledging that not all of Kentucky agrees with her "philosophy" but saying "my hope is that we can move forward."
Source: Lexington Herald Leader on 2014 Kentucky Senate race , Sep 25, 2014

AdWatch: VAWA and equal pay for women

Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes is hitting Sen. Mitch McConnell on women's issues in her newest ad, the latest in a series featuring regular Kentucky citizens: Ilene Woods of Lynch KY asks McConnell why he voted twice against the Violence Against Women Act and "against enforcing equal pay for women." After a moment of silence, Grimes says, "I can never get him to answer this one either." She adds, to McConnell: "I approved this message, because senator, you must be forgetting that over half the voters in Kentucky are women like Ilene."

The charge that McConnell opposed the Violence Against Women Act and equal pay legislation is central to Grimes' pitch to female voters. McConnell's team has pushed back, arguing that he was originally a co-sponsor of the bill and only voted against it twice because he felt one changed version of the bill went too far, and because once it was attached to a ban on assault weapons.

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 Kentucky Senate race , Jul 30, 2014

Both supportive and apprehensive about marriage equality

Grimes appears to be playing it safe on marriage equality in the wake of a federal judge's ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. When asked to comment about the judge's decision striking down the ban, Grimes seemed both supportive and apprehensive about marriage equality: "While I don't believe any church should be forced to recognize anything that is inconsistent with their teachings, my husband and I have been married for seven years, and I believe others should have the opportunity to make that same commitment," Grimes wrote by email.

Grimes' campaign issued a virtually identical statement in February when the same federal judge ruled that Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. This isn't the first time Grimes has seemed reluctant to discuss the issue: In August, she declined to express her views on marriage equality in an interview with Politico. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whom Grimes is attempting to unseat, opposed the ruling.

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Kentucky Senate race , Jul 1, 2014

Fight for pay equity for women

Just as she has throughout her life, Alison Lundergan Grimes will continue fighting for women as Kentucky's first female United States Senator.

ACHIEVING PAY EQUITY: Women are half of the labor force in this country yet still make 77 cents for every dollar--23% less than their male counterparts. In Kentucky, women lose nearly $5 billion in wages each year--a statistic that is staggering and unacceptable. With that money a working woman in Kentucky could purchase 78 more weeks of groceries, pay 14 more months of rent, make 8 more months of mortgage and utilities payments or buy 2,477 additional gallons of gas. In contrast, Mitch McConnell has called equal pay for equal work just another "special interest vote" and voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act--not once, but twice.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, AlisonForKentucky.com "Issues" , Nov 8, 2013

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