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Sunday, December 11, 2005

Governor Candidates on GLBT Issues

Tim Pawlenty: Supported 1993 human rights act amendment to include gays. When he ran for governor in 2002, he stated publicly that's the vote he regreted most in his political career. Tim Pawlenty supports the constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage and "legal equivalents", which could mean civil unions and domestic partner benefits (Bachmann amendment).

Mike Hatch: In 1994, attacked primary opponent John Marty for supporting domestic partner benefits. He has no position on the Bachmann amendment. Recently in the Pioneer Press he said Tim Pawlenty and he had identical positions on gay marriage.

"As far as I know, we have identical positions on gay marriage. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman," he said. But he declined to support a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that Pawlenty backs.

St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
November 14, 2005
Author: Bill Salisbury, Pioneer Press

Steve Kelley:

On DOMA and the Bachmann amendment according to Kelley communications director, Jessica Null:

Sen. Kelley did vote against DOMA in 1997 and is against the Bachmann amendment. He will lead the fight to keep the amendment off the ballot in 2006.

If the legislature were to repeal DOMA, he would sign the bill should it come to his desk as governor.

This is a human rights issue; a society is not truly free if people are oppressed. He believes hard-working Minnesotans deserve every opportunity for happiness. That includes gay people. We must distinguish the civic aspect from the sacred aspect of marrige. He does not want to interfere with what religion does; he's talking about the civic issues. Gays should have all the civic rights and responsibilities that go with marriage.

Steve Kelley has a 100% voting record with OutFront Minnesota.

Becky Lourey: Becky opposes the Bachmann amendment and the Defense of Marriage Act legislation. When I talked with her at a recent Minnesota Women's Political Caucus event she wanted me to understand that she has a long history of supporting the gay community from a rural district. Becky Lourey has a 100% voting record with OutFront Minnesota.

Kelly Doran:

I do not support same-sex marriage, and I also do not believe our government should be involved in changing what I consider the holy and religious sacrament of marriage between one man and one woman.

Because we already have existing state and federal laws defining marriage as between a man and a woman, neither of which has been challenged in any court of law, I see no need for further legislation or constitutional amendments.

I do, however, support allowing Americans in committed same-sex relationships to have the same private protections, rights and responsibilities. Some examples of those rights are dependent health care coverage and decision making rights, inheritance rights, hospital visitation rights, workers compensation rights, and survivor pension benefits rights.

Many of the major private employers in our state already provide these same rights to their employees who are part of a committed same sex relationship. I see no reason why a democratic society based upon freedom should not do the same thing.

We are all in this together, and our campaign is about uniting not dividing.

Kudos to Kelly Doran for putting his position on this issue on his website.

Peter Hutchinson has no information on his website at the present time.