Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire: Gay Rights
Detroit Free Press,
July 2, 2002
321 W. Lafayette Blvd., Detroit MI 48231
Please Answer YES, NO or NR (no response)
Do you support the Michigan law restricting state-sanctioned marriage to
Bonior: Yes, but I believe in civil unions.
In the absence of legal same sex marriage, should Michigan recognize
domestic partner relationships?
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.
Should Michiganís Elliott-Larsen anti-discrimination law be expanded to
prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation?
Posthumus: I support the current law as it is written.
Should a crime motivated by animus toward gays and lesbians carry an
enhanced penalty (i.e. be treated as a "hate crime")?
Bonior: Yes. All hate crimes deserve enhanced penalties.
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.
Would you seek to extend state employee benefits, principally health care
coverage (as some of Michiganís major public universities do) to domestic
Do you believe Michigan law prohibits joint adoption by unmarried couples?
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?
Granholm: We should not have laws that invade the privacy of consenting
Posthumus: I support the current law.
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