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Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire: Gay Rights

Detroit Free Press, July 2, 2002
321 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit MI 48231
Fax: 313-222-6774
Email: letters@freepress.com
http://www.freep.com/news/politics/pm9931_20020702.htm

Please Answer YES, NO or NR (no response)

Do you support the Michigan law restricting state-sanctioned marriage to heterosexual couples?

Blanchard: Yes
Bonior: Yes, but I believe in civil unions.
Granholm: Yes
Posthumus: Yes
Schwarz: Yes

In the absence of legal same sex marriage, should Michigan recognize domestic partner relationships?

Blanchard: Yes
Bonior: Yes, I believe in civil unions.
Granholm: Yes, people who make a lifetime commitment to each other should have access, if they choose, to the legal benefits of married couples.
Posthumus: No
Schwarz: Yes

Should Michiganís Elliott-Larsen anti-discrimination law be expanded to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation?

Blanchard: Yes
Bonior: Yes
Granholm: Yes
Posthumus: I support the current law as it is written.
Schwarz: Yes

Should a crime motivated by animus toward gays and lesbians carry an enhanced penalty (i.e. be treated as a "hate crime")?

Blanchard: Yes
Bonior: Yes. All hate crimes deserve enhanced penalties.
Granholm: Yes
Posthumus: No.I believe in aggressively going after all crime, and making sure people get punished for their crime. As Senate Majority Leader I led the passage of over 300 new anti-crime measures that put violent criminals behind bars and kept them there. Hate crime legislation is nothing more than an attempt to punish thoughtónot criminal actions. I do not support the criminalizing of ideas, no matter how ugly and offensive they may be.
Schwarz: Yes

Would you seek to extend state employee benefits, principally health care coverage (as some of Michiganís major public universities do) to domestic partners?

Blanchard: Yes
Bonior: Yes
Granholm: Yes
Posthumus: No
Schwarz: Yes

Do you believe Michigan law prohibits joint adoption by unmarried couples?

Blanchard: NR
Bonior: No
Granholm: No, there is no child who is better off in temporary or unsuitable placement than in a stable home with parents who love him or her.
Posthumus: Yes, the Michigan adoption law does not permit joint adoption by unmarried couples. It does allow for married couples or single individuals to adopt a child.
Schwarz: At issue in courts (Washtenaw County) as I write. Allow the courts, probably an appellate court to answer.

Should Michigan repeal the criminal prohibition on sodomy?

Blanchard: Yes
Bonior: Yes
Granholm: We should not have laws that invade the privacy of consenting adults.
Posthumus: I support the current law.
Schwarz: No


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