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Education will achieve affirmative action, not law

Q: You oppose affirmative action in job hiring?

A: This basic principle sums this question up readily; nobody is more than or less than another for whatever reason except their actions towards others. Whether public or private organizations, they would lose if they dismiss the 'best' person for the job whether they are a woman or a minority or a male or a Caucasian. Discrimination is discrimination without exception. History has proven at least two realities on this topic; it was without question wrong to institutionally keep women and minorities 'below' the law. Disgraceful. The second is history has proven why it was wrong. Woman and minorities have more than proved themselves more than capable.

Q: So what should the law be?

A: It is education and its exposure of these manifest wrongs that have almost eliminated any ignorant bias towards one gender or racial group, not law. The best person for the job regardless of anything. Law will never change this. Education will.

Source: Follow-up OnTheIssues interview: 2018 Maine Senate candidate , Mar 10, 2018

Government should have no say on same-sex marriage

Q: You support same-sex marriage, not on gay-rights grounds, but because you feel that government should stay out of the marriage business?

A: As with must hot button topics, they are used and manipulated by the two big parties to win the next election. I think it is far more proactive to ask, what authority does the federal government or state government has to decide what marriage is? Seems to me, marriage, was historically, a religious mandate. Therefore, under the concept of the separation between state and religion, marriage should be defined as a voluntary action by two people within the scope of that religion and the contract between two people, voluntarily, as a civil union is acceptable to the state whether marriage or a civil union. In a sense, this is also a gay question and how would I react to 'gay' as an elected representative of the people? The answer is easy. I won't. One way or the other.

Source: Follow-up OnTheIssues interview: 2018 Maine Senate candidate , Mar 10, 2018

Comfortable with same-sex marriage

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Comfortable with same-sex marriage"?

A: support

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Maine Senate candidate , Mar 6, 2018

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