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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Interview with Bob Hill - Running for DFL Endorsement Against Michele Bachmann in MN 06

I interviewed Bob Hill last week. We talked on the phone after the Democratic Youtube debates. I interviewed him about legislation before the house that especially affects the gay community. Others have interviewed him about the war.

Here are Hill's positions:

Federal Marriage Amendment - he opposes this amendment. I asked him whether he would also support repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act that was in statute. He was not aware of the distinction between DOMA and the FMA, so I explained it. He also said he supports full equality in the way gay relationships are treated and believes gays should be able to be included in the civil institution of marriage.

Openly serving in the military. Hill says he would sign on to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and allow gays to serve openly.

Immigration Issues for Gay Partners. Hill says he would support the Permanent Partner Immigration Act, that would allow a gay citizen to sponsor their partner as an immigrant.

Cross posted at Dump Michele Bachmann.