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2007 Democratic primary debate sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC, a gay-rights group) and the LOGO Network (a gay-oriented cable TV channel), Aug. 9, 2007

 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Civil Rights
    Barack Obama: Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands?
    Barack Obama: We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions.
    Barack Obama: Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church.
    Barack Obama: Disentangle gay rights from the word ďmarriageĒ.
    Barack Obama: Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights.
    Barack Obama: Gay rights movement is somewhat like civil rights movement.
    Bill Richardson: Focus on achievable civil unions as a path to full inclusion.
    Bill Richardson: Voted for DOMA, but now regrets vote; repeal it.
    Bill Richardson: Included transgender in hate-crimes law.
    Bill Richardson: Apologizes for ďmariconĒ comment; but look at the record.
    Bill Richardson: The country isnít there yet on gay marriage.
    Bill Richardson: Homosexuality is a choice, but itís not an issue of science.
    Chris Dodd: Apply Family & Medical Leave Act to same sex couples.
    Dennis Kucinich: Not any issue on which he disagrees with GLBT community.
    Dennis Kucinich: Real GLBT equality includes the right to marry.
    Hillary Clinton: Positive about civil unions, with full equality of benefits.
    Hillary Clinton: Let states decide gay marriage; theyíre ahead of feds.
    Hillary Clinton: GLBT progress since 2000, when I marched in gay pride parade.
    John Edwards: Get rid of DOMA; get rid of donít-ask-donít-tell.
    John Edwards: Support transgendered people publicly while transitioning.
    John Edwards: Mistake to say my faith makes me oppose same-sex marriage.
    John Edwards: On journey about same-sex marriage, but does not support it.
    Mike Gravel: Alaskan gay supporters in Harvey Milk Club.
    Mike Gravel: Marriage preceded religion; itís not a religious term.
    Mike Gravel: Mainstream politicians play it safe on gay marriage.
    Mike Gravel: First accomplishment: creating AK Human Rights Commission.
    Mike Gravel: Straight older men are dead wrong to oppose gay marriage.
    Mike Gravel: By next election, gay marriage could win a popular vote.
    Mike Gravel: Civil union establish second-class citizenship for gays.
    Mike Gravel: We must assert our rights; nobody will give them to you.
    Dennis Kucinich: Medical marijuana should be decided by doctors & patients.
    Mike Gravel: Allow buying marijuana at liquor stores.
    Mike Gravel: Decriminalize hard drugs so we can treat addicts.
    Mike Gravel: Drug War failing now, like Prohibition failed in 1920s.
    Dennis Kucinich: Teach sex ed in schools; including AIDS prevention.
    Joe Biden: Teach sex ed in schools; including prevention methods.
    John Edwards: Teach in public school that we embrace same-sex parents.
Families & Children
    Chris Dodd: Authored the Family Medical Leave Act.
    Chris Dodd: Allow same sex couples to adopt & immigrate.
Government Reform
    Mike Gravel: When you use political capital, more capital flows your way.
Health Care
    Barack Obama: We need condom distribution to deal with the scourge of AIDS.
    Dennis Kucinich: Medicare For All: all long-term care totally covered.
    John Edwards: Exactly the same healthcare rights for same-sex couples.
    Mike Gravel: Need to do better job on treating Americans with HIV.
Homeland Security
    Bill Richardson: Voted against donít-ask-donít-tell; get rid of it now.
    Chris Dodd: Supports repealing Donít-Ask-Donít-Tell.
    Hillary Clinton: Wants to repeal donít-ask-donít-tell, but not until 2009.
    Hillary Clinton: Should have criticized JCC for calling homosexuality immoral.
    Joe Biden: Donít Ask Donít Tell is antiquated & unworkable.
    John Edwards: Donít-ask-donít-tell is discriminatory & bad for military.
    Mike Gravel: US has nothing to fear; fear sustains the military complex.
    Bill Richardson: Include same-sex couples in binational marriage sponsorship.
    Barack Obama: Chief co-sponsor of IL ENDA, against gay job discrimination.
    Dennis Kucinich: Require all government agencies to follow ENDA for GLBT jobs.
    Joe Biden: No job discrimination by sexual orientation.
    John Edwards: Change law so people canít be fired legally for being gay.
Principles & Values
    Bill Richardson: I have the most experience and I represent change.
    Dennis Kucinich: Elected to Congress on 5th try; only on 2nd presidential run.
    Dennis Kucinich: I am in the center of American peopleís hopes and dreams.
    John Edwards: Stand up to hate-mongering by Republicans.
    Mike Gravel: Leadership brings society to civic maturity on tough issues.
    Mike Gravel: Leaders are seen as mavericks, and only later as courageous.
War & Peace
    Mike Gravel: Bush canít go into Iran today because I filibustered draft.

The above quotations are from 2007 Democratic primary debate sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC, a gay-rights group) and the LOGO Network (a gay-oriented cable TV channel), Aug. 9, 2007.

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