President Obama Responds to Candidate Scorecard
BY Michelle Garcia
March 07 2012 1:02 AM ET
Barack Obama: No: Obama was a supporter of repealing the ban on gays in the military, and signed the bill into law.
Mitt Romney: No: “I was not comfortable making the change during a period of conflict, due to the complicating features of a new program in the middle of two wars going on, but those wars are winding down, and moving in that direction at this stage no longer presents that problem.”
Rick Santorum: Yes: At a GOP debate, Santorum said lifting the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military was "playing social experimentation.” He has pledged to reinstate the policy.
Newt Gingrich: Yes: He has promised to launch a review of whether DADT should be reinstated and contends that generals have been hiding their opposition to the repeal out of deference to President Obama.
Ron Paul: No: Paul voted in favor of repealing "don't ask, don't tell" in 2010, and said, "Everybody has the same rights as everybody else, so homosexuals in the military isn't a problem. It's only if they're doing things they shouldn't be, if they're disruptive. But there's ... men and women getting into trouble with each other too. And there's a lot more heterosexuals in the military, so logically they're causing more trouble than gays. So yes, you just have the same rules for everybody and treat them all the same."
Fred Karger: No
Gary Johnson: No
Do you support age-appropriate, LGBT-inclusive sexual education in schools?
Barack Obama: Endorsed age-appropriate sexual education in schools in 2007.
Mitt Romney: Attacked Obama in 2007 for advocating age-appropriate sexual education, but told Planned Parenthood that he supported such lesson plans in 2002.
Rick Santorum: No: Supports faith-based initiatives to encourage abstinence and marriage, and has condemned President Obama's support of comprehensive sexual education.
Newt Gingrich: No: In his 1994 Contract With America, Gingrich endorsed funding abstinence-only education.
Ron Paul: No: Paul said he supports abstinence-only education at a 2007 Values Voter Presidential Debate.
Fred Karger: Yes. He's also indicated that public schools should have no religious influences.
Gary Johnson: No: “While basic constitutional protections must of course be enforced in public schools, I fundamentally oppose placing federal mandates on states and local education authorities. Illegal practices and behaviors are illegal — whether they occur in a school or elsewhere. Unfortunately, when the federal government attempts to reclassify or ‘recriminalize’ behaviors that are already illegal, the result is too often unintended, and counterproductive, consequences.”
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