State of Rhode Island Archives: on Civil Rights

Stephen Laffey: Find a way to wiretap al-Qaeda members calling into the US

Q: What is the proper oversight role of Congress and its judiciary? A: All executives try to extend as much influence as they can and all legislative bodies try to extend as much influence as they can, judiciary weighs in. I personally want to find a way and I think the American people want to find a way that we can listen into a member of al-Qaeda calling into this country. We have to be able to do that. A federal judge has ruled that it’s not legal. But in the end, we’ll have to find a way.
Source: 2006 R.I. Republican Senate Primary debate on WPRI Aug 24, 2006

Carl Sheeler: Recognize civil unions; supports same-sex marriage

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

A: Yes.

Q: Should Rhode Island restrict marriage to a union only between a man and a woman?

A: No. Furthermore, the issue of religion obfuscates the rights and freedom of choice between consenting adults in violation of church and state. Property rights need to be equitable for all.

Source: 2004 R.I. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

Carl Sheeler: Women & minorities are underrepresented in business

Source: 2004 R.I. Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 7, 2004

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