Statements about Civil Rights

In the U.S., "African-Americans continue to be arrested at nearly three and one half times the rate of whites" on marijuana charges.

Twenty four states have voter ID or comparable restrictions; before Barack Obama was elected, it was two.

"If you are black or brown, you are nine times more likely to be stopped and frisked" in New York City.

"There's a tax credit of $2,400 to bond [former inmates] that an employer would get for hiring a convicted felon. There's a federal bonding program -- you can get $5,000 to $25,000 in federal money to hire a convicted felon. And there's federal grants for felons to set up their own small businesses."

"The governor does not have any power to veto a referendum [on same-sex marriage] that would be a constitutional amendment."

Three thousand felons voted in Rhode Island in 2008.

"When these [undocumented] students graduate from college, they're still illegal aliens. They cannot get a job."

"Martin Luther King was a Republican."

"[The] ACLU and atheists in Denver are demanding the NFL stop [Tim Tebow] from praying on the sidelines."

"After filing a lawsuit in Rhode Island, we reached an agreement with state agencies that resulted in more voters being registered in the first full month after our lawsuit than in the entire previous two-year reporting period."

"Under Governor Almond the RI DMV had a program that allowed undocumented [people to] use their Personal Tax Identification Number . . . to apply [for] and receive a RI driver’s license."

"The people of Rhode Island don't want same-sex marriage."

"Full marriage equality [would provide same-sex couples] with about 1,700 rights."

"Over 80 percent of the people want the shot to vote" on whether to approve same-sex marriage, according to polls.

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