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Rebekah Kennedy on Civil Rights

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Suspending Habeas Corpus is unconstitutional & intolerable

With the active support of my opponent, Mark Pryor, Congress has passed a number of intolerable and unconstitutional acts to curtail our liberties. The worst example of Un-American legislation is the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Mark Pryor voted for this act, which unconstitutionally suspends the writ of Habeas Corpus, & creates a scheme by which anyone the President deems an "enemy alien" can be subjected to a secret trial. The Act contains no standard for determining who is an enemy, and no meaningful review mechanism to prevent errors or abuses of this tremendous power. America has always prided itself on being a nation ruled by laws, not by men. Yet, without the Writ of Habeas Corpus, all of our laws mean nothing. Any one of us can lose our liberty or our lives for any reason or no reason, with no opportunity to defend ourselves. As your Senator I will fight to repeal the Military Commissions Act and restore Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law.
Source: Campaign website, www.kennedy2008.org, "Issues" Jun 1, 2008

The freedom to marry is a fundamental right, even for gays

The freedom to marry is a fundamental right of all human beings. It is not a right that the state grants, rather it is a right that state and federal governments have a duty to recognize and protect. The marriages of same sex partners should be legally recognized and treated with the same dignity and respect accorded to heterosexual marriages. Their families should be protected by allowing both parents to assume legal rights and responsibilities towards their children. Rather than debating constitutional amendments designed to punish and degrade these families, the federal government should show leadership in according them the equal protection of the law as required by the fourteenth amendment.
Source: Campaign website, www.kennedy2008.org, "Issues" Jun 1, 2008

Supports government and corporate affirmative action plans

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Require companies to hire more women and minorities?"

A: Do support. I support strong enforcement of anti-discrimination laws against private and public employers. I support affirmative action plans for all public employers and government contractors. I support affirmative action plans for large private employers who have been found to have repeated, systemic violations of anti-discrimination laws.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org May 20, 2008

Equal means equal, for sexual orientation

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Sexual orientation should be protected by civil rights law?"

A: Do Support. Equal means equal.

Source: Email interview on 2008 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org May 20, 2008

Other candidates on Civil Rights: Rebekah Kennedy on other issues:
AR Gubernatorial:
Mike Beebe
AR Senatorial:
Blanche Lambert Lincoln
Mark Pryor


2008 Senate retirements:

Wayne Allard(R,CO)
Larry Craig(R,ID)
Pete Domenici(R,NM)
Chuck Hagel(R,NE)
Trent Lott(R,MS)
Craig Thomas(R,WY)
John Warner(R,VA)

Incoming Obama Administration:

Pres.Barack Obama
V.P.Joe Biden
State:Hillary Clinton
HHS:Tom Daschle
Staff:Rahm Emanuel
DHS:Janet Napolitano
DOC:Bill Richardson
DoD:Robert Gates
A.G.:Eric Holder
Treas.:Tim Geithner
Winners of 2008 Senate Races:
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AK:*Begich over Stevens
AL:Sessions
AR:Pryor
CO:*Udall
DE:Biden and Kaufman
GA:Chambliss v.Martin (Dec. 2 runoff)
IA:Harkin
ID:*Risch
IL:Durbin
KS:Roberts
KY:McConnell
LA:Landrieu
MA:Kerry
ME:Collins
MI:Levin
MN:Coleman v.Franken (recounting as of Dec.1)
MS4:Wicker
MS6:Cochran
MT:Baucus
NC:*Hagan over Dole
NE:*Johanns
NH:*Shaheen over Sununu
NJ:Lautenberg
NM:*Udall
OK:Inhofe
OR:*Merkley over Smith
RI:Reed
SC:Graham
SD:Johnson
TN:Alexander
TX:Cornyn
VA:*Warner
WV:Rockefeller
WY4:Barrasso
WY6:Enzi
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