Dennis Kucinich in 2007 Democratic primary debate on GLBT issues


On Civil Rights: Not any issue on which he disagrees with GLBT community

Q: Youíre seemingly for everything the gay community wants. I took a look at your HRC questionnaire. You support, support, support, support, support. So is there anything that the LGBT community that youíre against?

A: (Pause).

Q: Thereís got to be something.

A: All I can say is, keep those contributions coming, youíll have the president that you want.

Q: Iíll take that as a ďno.Ē

A: Thatís a ďno.Ē

Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

On Civil Rights: Real GLBT equality includes the right to marry

Q: Youíre one of just two candidates who fully supports same-sex marriage.

A: Why do you think that is?

A: This is really a question of whether you really believe in equality. When you understand what real equality is, you understand that people who love each other must have the opportunity to be able to express that in a way that is meaningful, and that the state should not be intervening against people, the state should be there on behalf of people, to make sure that that love has a chance to be facilitated.

Q: So what youíre saying is that Senator Obama and Senator Edwards, who sat here just moments ago both espousing equality--are you saying that they donít truly oppose same sex marriage, that theyíre just playing politics?

A: Iím saying that I stand for real equality and that this is really part of an American tradition because when you look at the founding documents, to me this is a foundational principle of who we are as a country.

Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

On Drugs: Medical marijuana should be decided by doctors & patients

Many people with AIDS and HIV, and many people with cancer have benefited from the 11 states with legalized medicinal marijuana. But the federal government have come into California and have raided our medicinal marijuana shops. So do you think we should have this law for the whole country?

A: Four years ago, when there were raids in California, I, as a member of Congress, objected to that. And, of course, itís a matter between doctors and patients. And if doctors want to prescribe medical marijuana to relieve pain, compassion requires that the government support that. And so, as president of the US, I would make sure that our Justice Department was mindful that we should be taking a compassionate approach. I want to go one step further, because this whole issue of drugs in our society is misplaced. I mean, drugs have infected this society, but I think we need to look at it more as a medical and a health issue than as a criminal justice issue.

Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

On Education: Teach sex ed in schools; including AIDS prevention

Q: The kind of AIDS prevention outreach is no longer eligible for Ryan White funding if it includes frank talk about gay people. Will you reinstate AIDS prevention as a category in Ryan White funding?

A: First of all, the answer to your question is yes. This is a very serious health issue. And through our education system, a president must help the country, and help our children, in particular, learn the kind of conduct that promotes health. And that also means sex education. Now, some parents may not want that, and they should have the right to opt out. But the truth of the matter is that we need to have sex education. We also need a president who is ready to embrace people with AIDS in a real, meaningful way that says that, look, we want you to receive all the care that you need by having a not-for-profit health care system.

Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

On Health Care: Medicare For All: all long-term care totally covered

Under my plan for not-for-profit health care, system, single payer, universal, Medicare for all, long-term care is totally covered. People should not be locked into these higher premiums, co-pays and deductibles, which are destroying peopleís economic capabilities. So under the plan that I have, if someone has AIDS, theyíre totally covered. Under the plan that I have, if anyone needs long-term care for any kind of an illnesses, theyíre totally covered. And the fact of the matter is, we already are paying for a universal standard of care; weíre just not getting it.

Other candidates are talking about maintaining this for-profit health care system, and anyone who has ever had a loved one who has needed medical care and couldnít get it because they didnít have the money understands the urgency of having someone not just in the race but in the White House whoís ready to rally the American people in the cause of not-for-profit health care, Medicare for all. And Iím doing that.

Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

On Jobs: Require all government agencies to follow ENDA for GLBT jobs

As president of the United States [I would] issue executive orders that will require all federal contractors, anyone whoís doing business with the federal government any way, every federal agency to have to follow the principles that are written in ENDA [the Employment Non-Discrimination Acts, focusing on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation]. Let the federal government be the agent of change that it should be, and then lead the way as president in bringing about the kind of unity that shows that real unity is to respect each otherís inner equality and real unity is to respect the power of human love. The greatest commandment is love, and I think that if someone embodies that and lives it, then things change in a country. Love has that transformative power, and thatís what I have always tried to bring in to public forums, and thatís what Iíll bring into White House as well.
Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

On Principles & Values: Elected to Congress on 5th try; only on 2nd presidential run

I feel I need to point something out to [my supporters]: although Iím hopeful itís not going to take that long, but I was elected to the Congress on my fifth try. If at first you donít succeed -- it took me five times. So Iím working on the second time here.
Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

On Principles & Values: I am in the center of American peopleís hopes and dreams

I am the candidate right in the center of the aspirations of the American peopleís hopes and dreams. I led the effort in the US House five years ago in challenging the administrationís march towards war against Iraq. The rest of the countryís come in my direction on that. I took the stand when it was really unpopular to do so.

When youíre talking about standing for peopleís rights to be who they are without fear of being attacked for being gay, youíre talking about something that is really essentially American. And so Iím at the center of all of those discussions.

My candidacy for president is not only transforming the race, but it will transform this nation when you have a president who cannot be bought or bossed, who has the willingness to stand up and speak out when others would be silent, who can challenge war, who can challenge corruption. Because my heart is clean, because I have the ability to see and pierce that veil of falsehood which covers so much of our country today.

Source: 2007 HRC/LOGO debate on gay issues Aug 9, 2007

The above quotations are from 2007 Democratic primary debate sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC, a gay-rights group) and the LOGO Network (a gay-oriented cable TV channel), Aug. 9, 2007.
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