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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Steve Sarvi on GLBT Issues

Here's the questions I asked of DFLer Steve Sarvi, who is a DFLer challenging John Kline.

What is his position on the Federal Marriage Amendment?

What about efforts to court strip (John Kline is author of these bills) on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)?

In general, what is his opinion about separation of powers? Should the courts be able to determine the constitutionality of statutes passed by congress?

Sarvi served in the military. What is his take on Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Would he support repeal:
H. R. 1059

To amend title 10, United States Code, to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as `Don't Ask, Don't Tell', with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

Would he be willing to sign on to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell (this is popular).

There may or may not be a bill on this issue - but where does Sarvi stand on the ability for gay couples to be able to sponsor their

Sarvi's answer via campaign manager Bridget Cusick:

Some try to make these issues are more complicated than they are. The fact is they boil down to questions of basic principle: should all Americans have equal rights, or are some more deserving than others? Do some people deserve to be treated with dignity and others not?

In response to the specific questions you posed, Steve believes:

Judicial review is one of the building blocks of our democracy. We wade into very dangerous territory when we start singling out certain groups or issues as undeserving of full examination within our judicial system.

Marriage is a state issue and should remain a state issue. For those interested in less government in our lives: getting the federal government involved in marriage is NOT the way to accomplish this. And, if we’re truly interested in protecting marriage, then we should be doing more about the issues that really threaten marriage, such as low wages and long hours keeping people apart and poor healthcare coverage leading to huge medical bills and bankruptcy. These are the “kitchen table” issues that occupy people’s lives day in and day out.

The military’s position of “don’t ask don’t tell” is in need of review. Obviously, our men and women in uniform, including our military leadership, have a lot on their plates right now, and when not pushed, most people will maintain the status quo. Thus we must challenge our civilian leaders, in close cooperation with our military leaders, to move beyond “don’t ask, don’t tell” to a position that enables all our nation’s citizens to dedicate their time and talents to service if they so desire.

Immigration is a big issue for this country and has been since our earliest days. It’s almost uncanny: public comments about immigration from decades long past sound surprisingly familiar to much of what we hear today. The way the United States deals with immigration is in need of reform – from the processes of obtaining permission to enter our country legally to how we treat individuals and their family members who have entered without permission. But despite it being a hot topic last election and being put on the table in Washington afterwards, what happened? When it came time sit down at the table and hammer out what would be done, House Republicans refused to negotiate. It makes one wonder if conservatives in Congress really want to fix the problem, or if they just want the issue.