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Mark Schauer, Gov. Snyder: Stark Differences on LGBT Rights

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The democratic candidate for governor, Mark Schauer, says he favors gay marriage and wants to protect the civil rights of gays and lesbians by writing those safeguards into the state's civil rights act.

 

 

If Michigan voters are looking for stark differences in the race for governor on the issue of gay rights, they've found it.

The governor was asked if he favors including gays and lesbians under the state's civil rights law. He did not take a stance, either way. "I'm staying focused on jobs, kids and seniors at this point. I appreciate legislators looking at lots of issues and if they want to address that, that's okay," said Governor Snyder.

 

 

In contrast, the democratic challenger had a one word answer for including gays in the civil rights act. "Absolutely. Absolutely we should not discriminate against a class of people because of their sexual orientation or who they love," said Schauer.

While the governor does favor civil unions for gay couples, he does not embrace gay marriage. His opponent does.

"I would vote yes to allowing same sex marriage in Michigan," said Schauer.

The democratic candidate also has different budget priorities than the governor.

 

 

In the last race for governor, there was one debate with the governor last December. He was willing to consider a debate commission to lay the groundwork for debates next year.

But he isn't ready to form that panel yet. The earlier that process begins, the less mired in election year politics. Yet, they agree to disagree.

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