Congress candidate Q & A: Gay marriage

October 24, 2010 

The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates in statewide elections their views on a variety of issues. We're posting their responses between now and Election Day. See each candidate's full list of answers by clicking on their mug shot in the right column.

Question: Should marriage be legally defined as between one man and one woman?

U.S. SENATE

Tim Carter

Non-affiliated

www.carterforsenate.org

Yes, but for insurance and benefit purposes same sex couples should be recognized.

Ted Gianoutsos

On ballot by petition as no-party candidate, registered as (founding member) Veterans Party of Alaska

www.tedandfran.com

Marriage has always been culturally defined as between one man and one woman. That is the definition of my marriage with my wife Francoise that has happily lasted for 48 years now. Other homosexual cohabitation arrangements are socially accepted in today's America. These couples should have the blessings of legal civil unions that guarantee their respective civil rights. However, these alternate unions are not marriages in the traditional sense.

Fredrick "David" Haase

Libertarian

www.davidforalaska.com

The Federal Government needs to get away from this issue. States have some say as do counties and cities, but the Feds; no way Jose. Marriages should be up to the church to say who is and who isn't. If you don't like their say, change churches, but leave the Federal Government out of it. The bad guys use issues like this to divide and to distract us. Folks let's stay out of this trap.

Scott McAdams

Democrat

www.scottmcadams.org

I do not believe it is appropriate for the government to tell individuals who they may or may not love, or who they may or may not choose to spend the rest of their lives with. I also do not believe that people should be denied rights and privileges based upon their sexual orientation.

Yes. I support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." I am confident in the judgments of Chairman Adm. Mullen and Secretary Gates that our military is ready to allow gay men and women to serve openly.

Joe Miller

Republican

www.joemiller.us

Yes (marriage should be legally defined as between one man and one woman).

The military's role is to provide for the United States' common defense and, if war comes, to fight and win our nation's wars. The military's leadership should decide what is best for our armed forces without political pressure. The military should not be used for social experiments.

Lisa Murkowski

Republican Write-in

www.lisamurkowski.com

Yes, marriage should be legally defined as between one man and one woman. I have voted in support of efforts in the Senate to enact a Constitutional amendment that would have limited marriage to one man and one woman only.

The Secretary of Defense, with the support of senior military leaders including the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has commissioned a study to guide a congressional decision on whether "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" should be repealed. The study will not be completed until the end of this year or early next year. I welcome the study and intend to carefully study its conclusions in forming a judgment on this question.

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE

Harry Crawford

Democrat

www.harrycrawfordforcongress.com

Our state constitution already defines it that way so we need to find another legal definition for committed same sex couples to share property and address all the other issues that couples must decide.

(On gay men and women in the military) Yes. Anybody that is willing to risk his or her life to protect us should not be denied the opportunity to serve because of their sexual orientation.

Don Young

Republican

www.donyoung2010.com

I voted for and have subsequently voted to protect the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). It defines "marriage" as only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife and "spouse" as only a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or wife.

I believe that the military is not the place for promoting social change. This is why I support the current policy as it focuses on the performance of an individual not their sexual orientation. However, if a person's sexual orientation affects the mission, the military is still able to take action. This is a fair balance between nondiscrimination and allowing the military to function.

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