State of Minnesota Archives: on Civil Rights

Heather Johnson: LGBT persons are created with inalienable right to marry

Q: Why do you think that you have a better chance than past third party candidates?

A: We are at a point in history where a lot of different groups are seeing their personal rights violated. People from different sexual orientations, all different ethnicities, they're all fighting some aspect of the system. Everyone is feeling government infringement of their rights in some way. It's definitely a time to challenge that in politics.

Q: Same-sex marriage appears to be heading toward legalization in most states.

A: I believe that government has no place in marriage, period. It is a contract between two people. The government should only get involved when there is a dispute, fraud, or coercion.

Q: If elected, how will you ensure that the LGBTQ community will gain equal rights?

A: I would oppose legislation that infringes on rights and I would support legislation that recognizes those rights. I believe that those rights are already provided; we're all created with inalienable rights.

Source: News Examiner Q&A on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Aug 11, 2014

Jim Abeler: 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.

Abeler: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Mike McFadden: Gay marriage ok; but I'm personally for traditional marriage

McFadden wants to talk about fiscal issues much more than he wants to discuss social issues. He said, "I don't know why we're fixated on these issues when people want a job that's going to pay them more."

McFadden said while he personally believes that marriage is "a sacrament" between a man and a woman, he is "fine" with Minnesota's decision to legalize gay marriage. On abortion, McFadden said he is "pro-life, but my focus is on getting kids educated."

Source: Washington Post on 2014 Minnesota Senate race Feb 5, 2014

Jim Abeler: No state authorization of same-sex marriage

Jim Abeler voted Nay on passage of HF.1054. Legislative outcome: Bill Passed House, 75-59.

Legislative summary: An act relating to marriage; providing for civil marriage between two persons (replacing the current definition of "a man and a woman"); providing for exemptions and protections based on religious association.

Source: Minnesota House voting records(Votesmart 2013-2014 synopses) May 9, 2013

Tom Emmer: No same-sex marriage; no civil unions

Q: Should Minnesota recognize civil unions between same-sex couples?

A: No.

Q: Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?

A: No.

Q: Should Minnesota provide state-level spousal rights to same-sex couples?

A: No.

Source: Minnesota Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Tom Emmer: Affirmative action yes; but not in state contracting

Q: Should the state government consider race and gender in state government contracting and hiring decisions?

A: No.

Q: Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?

A: Yes.

Q: Should Minnesota continue affirmative action programs?

A: Yes.

Source: Minnesota Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

Mark Dayton: Supports federal funding of arts organizations

Arts Funding: Dayton and Gibson voiced their support for federal funding of arts organizations, including public radio. Grams said he is concerned about whether the government should be financing the National Endowment for the Arts, and presently supports funding it at a reduced level.
Source: By Bob Collins, Minnesota Public Radio on-line Nov 6, 2000

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