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John Merrill on Civil Rights

 

 


Implemented America's toughest voter ID law

While serving as Alabama's 53rd Secretary of State John has continued to bring conservative-minded reforms to government.

Made it easier to vote and harder to cheat by implementing America's toughest voter ID law, all while cleaning the state's voter rolls and registering record numbers of citizens.

Slashed his office budget and saved Alabama taxpayers millions by reducing overhead, ending duplication of services, and making government operate at the speed of business.

Source: 2020 Alabama Senate website JohnMerrill.com , Feb 5, 2020

Being gay is a "decision," but would not take away rights

Merrill said, "A gay person can be gay, a straight person can be straight, that's a decision for each individual to make." Asked if there is a message he would deliver to gay Republicans in Alabama who might be offended by his remarks about "homosexual activities," Merrill said he would never be supportive of an effort to take away gay Alabamans' right to be openly gay.
Source: NBC News on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Jul 17, 2019

America too interested in homosexual activities on TV

Merrill said that America is losing its moral core due to its preoccupation with "homosexual activities" and TV shows that focus on "how people are trying to date on TV." "There are no more good TV shows on like 'Gunsmoke,' 'Bonanza,' 'Andy Griffith,' 'I Love Lucy,'" Merrill said. "We don't have those shows anymore. We're too interested in homosexual activities." He said that America is obsessed with TV shows that lack biblical foundations and fail to promote a nuclear family.
Source: USA Today on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Jul 16, 2019

We're too interested in homosexual activities in pop culture

Merrill fielded a question about the shift in the culture and noted that some of that shift could be attributed to the changes in pop culture, including what was being shown on television. "That's what we've allowed to happen," Merrill said. "How have we allowed it to happen? There are no more good TV shows on like 'Gunsmoke,' 'Bonanza,' 'The Virginian,' 'Andy Griffith,' 'I Love Lucy.' We don't have those shows anymore. We're too interested in homosexual activities. We're too interested in seeing how this family's finding a way to mess on this family or to see how people are trying to date on TV, or having wife-swapping on TV. That's what we watch. When we push back against that, and we quit allowing it to be in our homes--that's how those changes have occurred because we've allowed them to slowly but surely come into our lives."
Source: YellowHammerNews.com on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Jul 12, 2019

Just because you're 18 doesn't give you the right to vote

Automatic voter registration has recently emerged a key tool in increasing the United States' anemic voter turnout. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a Republican, has joined the opposition. Asked a question about automatic voter registration, Merrill declared that the practice "cheapen[s] the work" of civil rights heroes and that "just because you turned 18 doesn't give you the right" to vote.
Source: Slate.com on 2020 Alabama Senate race , Nov 2, 2016

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