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Senate District 59 Special Election Candidate Endorsement Questionnaire Responses

Senate District 59 Special Election Candidate Endorsement Questionnaire Responses

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Question 1 — Marriage Equality
Do you believe the civil institution of marriage (with absolutely no requirements imposed on religious institutions)should be made legally available in Minnesota to two committed adults, regardless of sex or gender?Dziedzic: SupportFrey: SupportNoor: SupportOstrow: SupportWagenius: Support
Question 2 — Marriage Equality
Do you support a repeal of MINN. STAT. §517.01, thereby allowing Minnesota to recognize another state’s legalrecognition of same-sex and same-gender couples and families?Dziedzic: SupportFrey: SupportNoor: SupportOstrow: SupportWagenius: Support
Question 3 — Comprehensive Civil Rights
 The 1993 Human Rights Amendment protects people from discrimination in employment, housing, publicaccommodations, public services, education, and other areas based on the following characteristics: race, color,creed, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation (including gender identity/ expression), status with regard to public assistance, and familial status. There are exemptions from the sexualorientation section of the law for religious organizations and schools, non-public youth-serving organizations andfraternal organizations, and those who rent out rooms in owner-occupied homes and duplexes. Since its passage,opponents of human rights for GLBT Minnesotans have attempted to repeal segments of the 1993 Human Rights Amendment and such attempts are likely again in the future.Do you support or oppose maintaining the 1993 Human Rights Amendment prohibiting discrimination againstGLBT people in its entirety?Dziedzic: SupportFrey: SupportNoor: SupportOstrow: SupportWagenius: Support
Question 4 — Healthy Communities
 The Transgender community, in particular, lacks access to competent health care. Would you support legislationrequiring state-funded health insurance programs to cover transgender health care, including transition relatedcare, when medically necessary?Dziedzic: SupportFrey: SupportNoor: SupportOstrow: SupportWagenius: Support
 
Question 5 — Safe Schools for All
93% of Minnesota school districts do not prohibit harassment based on sexual orientation. At least 80% of districts do not prohibit harassment based on disability or national origin. A 2009 state school climate surveyconducted by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), reported that 90% of GLBT students havebeen verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. A 2008 GLSEN and Harris Interactivesurvey found that three in four junior high/middle school principals and nearly half of high school principals andelementary principals believe that bullying is a serious issue.Do you support or oppose legislation that enhances current statutes barring harassment, intimidation andbullying based on actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, disability,socioeconomic status, sexual orientation (gender identity and expression), age, physical characteristics, andassociation with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in Minnesotapublic schools?Dziedzic: SupportFrey: SupportNoor: SupportOstrow: SupportWagenius: Support
Question 6 — Comprehensive Sexuality Education
In 2008, the University of Minnesota conducted a survey of Minnesota parents that found 89% support medicallyaccurate, age appropriate sexuality education in public schools. Such programs incorporate a discussion of abstinence, healthy relationships, and prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections,including HIV.Do you support or oppose sexuality education offered by public schools that is medically accurate, age-appropriate, and inclusive of GLBT issues?Dziedzic: SupportFrey: SupportNoor: SupportOstrow: SupportWagenius: Support
Question 7 — HIV Prevention and Services
HIV rates are on the rise. Minnesota saw a 13% increase in 2009 alone. HIV disproportionately impacts gay andbisexual men of all races and women of color in Minnesota. Investments in public health approaches to HIVprevention and services for people living with HIV save public dollars in the future and slow the progression of thedisease.Do you support or oppose the use of state funds for evidence-based HIV prevention programs and services forpeople living with HIV?Dziedzic: SupportFrey: SupportNoor: SupportOstrow: SupportWagenius: Support

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