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Monday, September 18, 2006

Candidate Questionaire Sent to 6th District Candidates

Hello candidates:

I am going to do a story on the 6th district and issues of concern to
the Gay community on Lloydletta's Nooz.

1. I'd like to know whether if elected, you would sign on to the bi-partisan bill introduced by Congressman Meehan to allow gay service members to serve openly. Jim Kolbe, Christopher Shays and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen have signed on to this bill.

2. Would you support or oppose the Federal Marriage Amendment (which bans both gay marriage and also civil unions, and could undermine domestic partner benefits in the public sector or public Universities, such as the University of Minnesota)?

3. Would you support or oppose a court stripping bill, introduced by John Hostetler from Indiana? This bill would remove jurisdiction of the courts to rule on the Defense of Marriage Act.

The court stripping issue gets into a candidate's general views on how the separation of powers should work. Court stripping legislation is designed to remove courts from reviewing legislation. Do you think legislation passed by congress should be imune from being found unconstitutional in the courts? Was Marbury v Madison wrongly decided?

4. Will your campaign be making any efforts to do outreach to gays in your district?

I will be sending similar questionaires to all Minnesota Congressional districts. This was sent to Patty Wetterling, Michele Bachmann and John Binkowski. The results will be published on Lloydletta's Nooz.

U. S. House 6th District
Michele Bachmann (R)

Patty Wetterling (D)
Thursday, September 21st, 7:00 p.m.
Woodbury, Woodbury Amphitheater

I encourage readers to bring these questions with you to debates and get all candidates on the record on these issues in a public forum.