Candidate comparison in 2012 North Carolina primary election

Candidate comparison in 2012 North Carolina primary election

Questions 1-3 are from the North Carolina Family Policy Council Voter Guide at http://ncfamily.org/voterresources2012p.html.

  1. Should the State Constitution be amended to provide that: "Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State?"
  2. Should organizations that provide abortions be allowed to receive state funds?
  3. Should it be legal for human embryos to be used for research purposes?
  4. Do you support a personhood amendment to the NC constitution like the Colorado 2012 Right To Life Amendment (http://www.coloradorighttolife.org/2012-wording) protecting each human being whether he or she is inside or outside the womb?

Governor

Candidate Marriage amendment Abortion funding Killing embryos Personhood amendment Email or phone no. Website
Democratic candidates (D) No response or no answers Party platform is anti-personhood
Barbara Howe (L) No No Yes howe4governor@gmail.com Yes
Jim Harney (R) Yes No No1 Yes 910-308-0898 Facebook only
Scott A. Jones (R) No response No reply scott@remulch.com
Jim Mahan (R) Yes No Yes Yes2 jimmahan@bellsouth.net Yes
Pat McCrory (R) Yes No No No reply info@patmccrory.com Yes
Charles Kenneth Moss Yes No No ? 336-963-6061 None found
Paul Wright (R) Yes No No Yes3 919-658-7993 Yes
  1. Harney clarified his previous answer of "Undecided" to Question #3 (#6 on the NCFPC Questionnaire) by saying, "... my answer before related to using a non live embryo."
  2. Mahan has not responded to a request for clarification of the apparent discrepancy between his answers to questions #3 and #4.
  3. Wright is endorsed by American Right to Life.

Lieutenant Governor

Candidate Marriage amendment Abortion funding Killing embryos Personhood amendment Email or phone Website
Linda Coleman (D) No response Party platform is anti-personhood info@lindacoleman.org Yes
Eric Mansfield (D) No response 910-920-8003 Yes
Dale Folwell (R) Yes No No Has other priorities Dale.Folwell@ncleg.net Yes
Dan Forest (R) Yes No No Yes dan@danforest.com Yes
Tony Gurley (R) Yes No No No response tgurley@gmail.com Yes
Grey Mills (R) Yes No No No response grey@votegreymills.com Yes
Arthur Jason Rich (R) Yes Undecided No No response 910-588-4458 Yes

Commissioner of Insurance

Candidate Marriage amendment Abortion funding Killing embryos Personhood amendment Email or phone Website
Wayne Goodwin (R) No Yes No ? wayne@waynegoodwin.org Yes
Mike Causey (R) Yes No No ? GoCausey@aol.com Yes
James McCall (R) Yes No No ? info@jamesmccall.org Yes
Richard Morgan (R) Yes No No ? 910-948-4237 Facebook

In the Durham County Commissioner race, all candidates except Rickey Padgett oppose the NC Marriage Protection Amendment, and no candidates support defunding Planned Parenthood. Padgett's position is currently undeclared. If you vote for one candidate instead of five, that candidate has a greater chance of advancing to the general election.

Personhood note: In recent years the pro-life movement has placed increased emphasis on the personhood of all human beings. Personhood was a crucial issue in Roe v. Wade. Justice Harry Blackmun wrote, “If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the [14th] Amendment.”

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