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Inez Tenenbaum on Civil Rights


DeMint apologized for debating gays, must apologize to gays

DEMINT: DeMint was taken to task for comments he made that homosexuals and unmarried, pregnant women should not teach in public schools. "I answered as a dad with my heart and I did not answer as a Senate candidate. I apologize for making the remark because it distracted from the debate," he said.

TENENBAUM: "If this is what is in your heart, this is how you are going to vote. So you still need to apologize to the people you offended and not apologize for changing the debate," Tenenbaum said.

Source: [Xref DeMint] SC Senate Debate analysis on Carolina Channel Oct 25, 2004

Openly gay public school teachers ok

In a moment - in a single statement - DeMint may have transformed himself from "innovative conservative" to "homophobic kook." He announced that he supports banning every openly gay teacher from South Carolina public schools. Tenenbaum immediately jumped on the comment as "un-American" and bizarre, the story flew across the nation on the internet and DeMint has single-handedly revived the old notion that South Carolina's democracy is only slightly more advanced than Afghanistan's.

DeMint supporters grumpily blame the South Carolina Republican Party for this mess. If the party didn't have this goofy "gay teacher" ban in its platform, the question would have never been asked at the debate.

Source: [Xref DeMint] SC Senate debate in Charleston City Paper Oct 22, 2004

Expand opportunities for African Americans

Addressing racial inequalities is personal for Inez Tenenbaum. She saw the impact of desegregation firsthand, attending an integrated school as a child. She has long enjoyed a strong relationship with the African-American community, working to bridge the educational achievement gap, and is committed to providing equal opportunity for all Americans.

As State Superintendent of Education, Inez has demanded changes to help improve achievement among African-American students. As a result of her efforts, African-American students have improved their performance in mathematics.

Inez will work to help create jobs across South Carolina by supporting the Small Business Administration's programs to link minority firms with federal contracting, and to make business loans more readily available.

Recognizing that home ownership is the key to the middle class and wealth creation, Inez will support efforts to help minority families buy homes more easily.

Source: Campaign website, www.Inez2004.com, "On The Issues" Oct 14, 2004

Supports Gay Marriage Amendment

Democratic US Senate hopeful Inez Tenenbaum says she opposes gay marriage. Tenenbaum says she could support a Constitutional amendment proposed by President Bush to define marriage. Her position puts her in line with the Republican candidates also seeking the seat of retiring Democratic US Senator Ernest Hollings. Experts say Tenenbaum's position reflects that of the majority of South Carolinians. Many of the black voters who make up a key portion of the state's Democrats are against gay marriages
Source: ABC News on WCIV.com Feb 26, 2004

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