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Tony Knowles on Civil Rights

Democratic Challenger for Senate (AK; previously served as Governor)


Marriage definition should be by states, not US Constitution

News-Miner: Do you think it is discriminatory to deny same-sex couples access to marriage?

Knowles: I believe marriage is a union between a man and a woman and while I was governor, Alaskans voted to define marriage as such. I oppose amending the U.S. Constitution along these lines since federal amendments should guarantee our rights, not limit them. Additionally, the 10th Amendment clearly gives states the responsibility to decide such matters and Alaskans have spoken.

Source: Q&A by Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Aug 1, 2004

Oppose the Patriot Act-it undermines freedoms

Knowles believes that, unfortunately, the PATRIOT Act is being used to undermine the very freedoms it was designed to protect. Knowles strongly believes that we need to control the federal government from investigating individuals without notice or proper cause. Knowles agrees with the Alaska state legislature's resolution "enforcing the protection of individual liberties for all Alaskans in the face of intrusive federal actions taken since 9/11."
Source: Campaign website, TonyKnowles.com Jun 30, 2004

Support principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment.

Knowles adopted the National Governors Association policy:

In 1976 the National Governors Association expressed support for ratification and implementation of the Equal Rights Amendment, which would constitutionally guarantee full citizenship rights and opportunities for women. In 1982 the drive for ratification fell short, and efforts to initiate the amendatory process were taken.

The National Governors Association reaffirms its support for the principles embodied in the Equal Rights Amendment, i.e., that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on the basis of gender.

Source: NGA Executive Committee Policy EC-14: Equal Rights Policy 01-NGA1 on Feb 15, 2001

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