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Thomas Kean Jr. on Civil Rights

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Replace civil unions with same-sex marriage

Excerpts from legislation: The "Marriage Equality and Religious Exemption Act" would recognize same-sex marriage. Same-sex civil unions would no longer be permitted, and all previously sanctioned civil unions would be deemed to be marriages. Religious organizations are not required to solemnize or provide goods or services for any marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.

Excerpts from veto message: Neither the US Constitution nor the NJ State Constitution contain a right to same-sex marriage. In 2006, the NJ Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples must be afforded the same rights and benefits as their heterosexual counterparts. Civil unions grant all the same rights and benefits. I encourage that the Legislature trust the people of NJ to vote on the question of same-sex marriage, and then amend the State Constitution.

Legislative outcome: Kean voted YEA; bill passed House 42-33-4; bill passed Senate 24-16-0; Governor vetoed.

Source: New Jersey legislative voting records: S1&A1 , Feb 13, 2012

Support merit-based initiatives, not affirmative action

Q: Should the government should take greater account of affirmative action considerations in awarding its contracts?

KEAN: I support merit-based initiatives that recognize the value of diversity and believe we need to ban pay-to-play, which discriminates against minority access to government programs.

MENENDEZ: The federal government has a responsibility to ensure that all businesses have an equal opportunity to compete for contracts - including small, minority and women-owned businesses.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate , Sep 24, 2006

Supports Amendment banning flag-burning, a sacred symbol

Q: Do you support a constitutional amendment to prevent the burning of the American flag?

KEAN: I believe our flag is a sacred symbol, a monument to freedom and I support a Constitutional Amendment banning the desecration of the American flag.

MENENDEZ: I voted for the flag burning amendment because I believe the flag, as a uniting symbol of our country, should be protected.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate , Sep 24, 2006

Supports 1-man-1-woman marriage, but no Amendment

Q: Do you believe that same sex marriages should be legal?

KEAN: I believe marriage is between one man and one woman but do not support a federal constitutional amendment.

MENENDEZ: I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, but oppose a federal constitutional amendment. The constitution shouldn’t be amended to take away rights.

Source: Hall Institute N.J. Senate Virtual Debate , Sep 24, 2006

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CA-37: Karen Bass (D) running for mayor of Los Angeles
FL-10: Val Demings (D) running for FL Senator
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SC-7: Tom Rice (R) Incumbent lost renomination
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Special Elections 2021:
LA-2: Troy Carter (R, April 2021)
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NM-1: Melanie Stansbury (D, June 2021)
OH-11: Shontel Brown (D, Nov. 2021)
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TX-6: Jake Ellzey (R, July 2021)
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GA-7: Carolyn Bourdeaux (D) lost redistricting race to Lucy McBath (D)
GA-10: Vernon Jones(R) vs. Paul Broun (R,lost May 24 primary) to replace Jody Hice (R) running for Secretary of GA
ME-2: Bruce Poliquin (R) rematch against Jared Golden (D)
MI-10: John James (R) - running for newly redistricted seat
MI-11: Andy Levin (D) redistricted to face Haley Stevens (D)
MT 1: Ryan Zinke (R) - running for newly created seat
MT-2: Al Olszewski(R) vs. Sam Rankin(Libertarian) vs. Matt Rosendale(R)
NJ-7: Thomas Kean Jr. (R) challenging Tom Malinowski (R)
NY-10: Bill de Blasio (D) challenging Mondaire Jones (D)
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NY 12: Carolyn Maloney (D) redistricted to face Jerry Nadler (D)
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TX-34: Mayra Flores (R) - Elected SPEL June 2022; general election Nov. 2022 against Vicente Gonzalez (D)
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