Candidate comparison in North Carolina runoff (second primary) election on July 17, 2012

Candidate comparison in North Carolina runoff (second primary) election on July 17, 2012

Questions 1–6 are from the North Carolina Family Policy Council Voter Guide at http://ncfamily.org/voterguide2012.

  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 parents who educate their children in non-public schools be eligible for a tax credit, voucher, or tax deduction from the state?
  3. Should organizations that provide abortions be allowed to receive state funds?
  4. Should it be legal for human embryos to be used for research purposes?
  5. Should it be legal for a medical professional to assist another person in ending their life?
  6. Should homosexuals as a group receive the same special legal protections against discrimination in areas like employment and housing as those given to other groups based on characteristics such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or disability?
  7. 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?
  8. Do you support continuing the office of NC Superintendent of Public Instruction as an elected office rather than making it an appointed office?

Democratic candidates for NC Commissioner of Labor

Candidate Marriage amendment School vouchers Abortion funding Embryo research Assist ending life Homosexual legal prot. Personhood amendment Email address or phone number
Marlowe Foster No answers to questions; see each candidate's response at
ncfamily.org/voterguide2012/nc-council/council.php?raceInput=NC%20Commissioner%20of%20Labor
Party platform is anti-personhood Press@MarloweFoster.com
John C. Brooks 919-828-4251 919-417-6046

Republican candidates for NC Lieutenant Governor

Candidate Marriage amendment School vouchers Abortion funding Embryo research Assist ending life Homosexual legal prot. Personhood amendment Email address
Dan Forest Yes Yes No No No No Yes dan@danforest.com
Tony Gurley Yes Yes No No No No See footnote1 tgurley@gmail.com
  1. Instead of Yes/No/Undecided, Gurley responded, "I am very pro-life. As a Wake County Commissioner I have a proven conservative voting record on the issue. We removed paid abortions from the county health plan during my time as chairman."

Republican candidates for NC Commissioner of Insurance

Candidate Marriage amendment School vouchers Abortion funding Embryo research Assist ending life Homosexual legal prot. Personhood amendment Email address
Richard Morgan Yes Yes No No No No See footnote1 richard@richardtmorgan.com
Mike Causey Yes Yes No No No No Yes2 GoCausey@aol.com
  1. Instead of Yes/No/Undecided, Morgan wrote, "I am Pro-Life. I believe life begins at conception and a fetus has the same right to life as you or me."
  2. Causey answered yes to all seven questions in the American Right to Life (ARTL) 2012 Pro-life Candidate Survey and is endorsed by ARTL.

Republican candidates for NC Secretary of State

Candidate Marriage amendment School vouchers Abortion funding Embryo research Assist ending life Homosexual legal prot. Personhood amendment Email or phone
Kenn Gardner Yes No No No Undecided Undecided See footnote1 citizens4kenn@earthlink.net
Ed Goodwin Yes Yes No No No No Yes ed@goodwin2012.com
  1. Instead of Yes/No/Undecided, Gardner responded, "I am pro-life. I am vice-chair of the deaconate at Forest Hills Baptist Church, Raleigh."

Republican candidates for NC Superintendent of Public Instruction

Candidate Marriage amendment School vouchers Abortion funding Embryo research Assist ending life Homosexual legal prot. Personhood amendment Supt. elected Email or phone
John Tedesco Yes Yes No Undecided1 Undecided2 Undecided3 Yes Yes Tedesco4kids@gmail.com
Richard Alexander Yes Yes No No No No Yes No4 ralex762@live.com
  1. Tedesco later clarified that the only human embryonic research that should be legal involves already dead embryos, not killing living embryos.
  2. Tedesco later clarified that such assistance should be legal only in cases involving removing artificial life support, not assisted suicide.
  3. He later clarified that he believes in equal protection of the laws for all persons, including homosexuals, but no special protection for homosexuals.
  4. Alexander proposes local control, replacing the state uperintendent with a secretary of education who has no policy-making authority.

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.” The Republican Party Platform's abortion plank is a personhood plank, but many Republican politicians do not support that plank.
Terms: The medical community has redefined conception to refer to implantation. The term fetus does not apply to a human embryo.

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