State of South Dakota secondary Archives: on Civil Rights


Jay Williams: Far too often, Native Americans are forgotten & ignored

Far too often, Native American South Dakotans are forgotten and ignored. With Jay, that will change. He will maintain an open dialogue with Native Americans across South Dakota. He will work to ensure that IHS facilities are high quality, accessible, and equipped to handle as many patients as possible. While Jay has ideas about how he can best serve Native Americans in South Dakota, he knows that the best answers will come from listening to what Native American South Dakotans have to say. The most important thing that he can do is to listen to those who are Native American, and then translate their ideas into policy.
Source: 2016 South Dakota Senate campaign web JayWilliams2016.org Apr 1, 2016

Gordon Howie: Government shouldn't redefine marriage

Question topic: Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.

Howie: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Gordon Howie: Gays and lesbians choose to live outside the laws of God

Gordon Howie believes gays and lesbians "choose to live outside the laws of God" and "vehemently" disagrees with their "lifestyle," but the independent candidate for U.S. Senate has a position he admits might surprise some people: he supports giving same-sex couples legal rights, "as long as we don't call it marriage."

Howie is running on a socially conservative platform to bring God back into public life, and believes homosexuality is immoral. But the candidate who regularly bashes Republican nominee Mike Rounds for being insufficiently conservative is actually to Rounds' left on one particular question of gay rights.

Howie supports civil unions for same-sex couples, while Rounds said he doesn't.

Source: Argus-Leader on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Aug 16, 2014

Gordon Howie: Civil unions and equal rights for gays, but not marriage

Both Howie & Rounds oppose allowing same-sex couples to legally marry. The other two candidates in the race, Democrat Rick Weiland and independent Larry Pressler, support gay marriage.

"I think it's silly not to allow those kind of things," Howie said of letting same-sex couples file taxes jointly, have hospital visitation rights and other privileges currently limited to married couples.

Rounds, like Howie, said he believes "marriage is between a man and a woman." Beyond that, Rounds said romantic partners can enter into contracts to do things that already are legal but opposes changing the law to allow same-sex couples privileges currently reserved for married couples.

[One pundit noted], "Very conservative people could come to endorse civil unions by breaking it up and looking at the legal elements of it and saying, okay, we're not going to discriminate against them, and this is a different status, but that doesn't mean they're married."

Source: Argus-Leader on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Aug 16, 2014

Larry Pressler: Filed legal brief to overturn S.D.'s gay marriage ban

Both Howie and Rounds oppose allowing same-sex couples to legally marry. The other two candidates in the race, Democrat Rick Weiland and independent Larry Pressler, support gay marriage.

South Dakota law restricts marriage to opposite-sex couples, but that law is being challenged in federal court by several same-sex couples. Pressler filed a brief supporting that lawsuit trying to overturn South Dakota's gay marriage ban. "This court should protect the fundamental right of civil marriage in South Dakota by ensuring that it is available to same-sex couples," Pressler wrote.

Weiland also supports same-sex marriage, though his campaign has focused on fiscal policy and government reform.

[One pundit noted], "Very conservative people could come to endorse civil unions by breaking it up and looking at the legal elements of it and saying, okay, we're not going to discriminate against them, and this is a different status, but that doesn't mean they're married."

Source: Argus-Leader on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Aug 16, 2014

Mike Rounds: Legal contracts for gay couples, but not marriage

Both Howie and Rounds oppose allowing same-sex couples to legally marry. "I think it's silly not to allow those kind of things," Howie said of letting same-sex couples file taxes jointly, have hospital visitation rights and other privileges currently limited to married couples.

Rounds, like Howie, said he believes "marriage is between a man and a woman." Beyond that, Rounds said romantic partners can enter into contracts to do things that already are legal but opposes changing the law to allow same-sex couples privileges currently reserved for married couples.

"If two individuals, or 3 or 4 or 12 individuals, want to contract with one another, as long as those contracts are legal, I have no problem with those folks contracting with one another to do what is a lawful activity," Rounds said. As to what constitutes a lawful contract, Rounds said the courts, not lawmakers, will decide. "We'll have opportunities in the future to address questions of what are legal contracts," Rounds said.

Source: Argus-Leader on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Aug 16, 2014

Larry Pressler: Supports gay marriage

Pressler has declared his support for the president's health care law and frequently invites the president to visit the state to lecture on the law. He had previously endorsed Obama for president and talked up his support for gay marriage. He recently highlighted his support for raising taxes on estates worth more than $10 million and offering a five-year path to citizenship for immigrants who enter the country illegally. "This is my last campaign and I'm saying exactly what I believe," Pressler said.
Source: Rollcall e-zine on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Jul 24, 2014

Larry Pressler: I was wrong to support 1996 Defense of Marriage Act

Pressler voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, but he now supports gay marriage. "I was wrong, and I have corrected that big time," he said.
Source: Politico.com on 2014 South Dakota Senate race Nov 14, 2013

Rick Weiland: Favors same-sex marriage

Here in South Dakota, the only declared Democratic candidate so far is Rick Weiland, a small-business owner who has said he would fight corporate interests. Weiland also favors same-sex marriage and universal background checks for guns, and he is concerned about the weakening of Social Security and Medicare.

Weiland has the support of his onetime boss, Tom Daschle, the former Senate majority leader (also a South Dakota Democrat), and of the party's more liberal base. But his candidacy has upset some in the Democratic establishment. Many South Dakota Democrats are hoping for a centrist to compete in a state where the number of registered independents has increased over the past five years. Daschle said he believed that Weiland would be able to earn the establishment's support. "I've been through this hundreds of times--a candidate has to prove himself or herself before they get support of the [Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee]. I believe Rick will be able to do that."

Source: New York Times on 2014 South Dakota Senate debate May 28, 2013

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