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Anthony Kennedy on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • By rule of stare decisis, we uphold Roe v. Wade. (Jun 1992)
  • Constitutional analysis of Roe: abortion is a right. (Jun 1992)
  • Uphold Roe v. Wade: woman's right to choose. (Jun 1992)
Anthony Kennedy on Budget & Economy
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Anthony Kennedy on Civil Rights
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  • Right to define one's own concept of existence, even if gay. (Nov 2010)
  • Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class. (Dec 2003)
  • Canít outlaw flag burning. (Dec 2000)
  • Disallow all sodomy laws against same-sex activity. (Jun 2003)
  • 1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets. (Mar 2011)
  • Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias. (Jun 2011)
  • State laws can protect gay rights. (May 1996)
  • Hate crimes should allow racial intent to affect sentencing. (Jun 2000)
  • Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights. (Jun 2000)
  • Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters. (Jun 2000)
Anthony Kennedy on Corporations
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  • Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies. (Apr 2003)
  • Can only sue for direct results of corporate negligence. (Jun 2011)
Anthony Kennedy on Crime
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  • Death penalty for rape is cruel & unusual punishment. (Nov 2010)
  • Government is not responsible for abuses in private prisons. (Jul 2009)
  • Live witness not required for all scientific testing. (Jun 2011)
  • International Court not grounds for stay of execution. (Jul 2011)
  • Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search. (Jan 2000)
  • Death penalty OK if no mitigating evidence. (Apr 2000)
  • OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively. (Mar 2000)
  • Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence. (Jun 2000)
Anthony Kennedy on Drugs
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  • Sentencing rules change allows crack sentence reductions. (Jun 2011)
  • No tactile inspection by police for drugs. (Apr 2000)
  • No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs. (Nov 2000)
Anthony Kennedy on Education
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  • Vouchers ok if neutral with respect to religion. (Jun 2002)
  • Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students. (Feb 2004)
  • Taxpayers can't fight AZ tax credit for religious schools. (Apr 2011)
  • Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials. (Jun 2000)
Anthony Kennedy on Energy & Oil
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  • Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force. (Jun 2004)
  • Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions. (Jun 2011)
Anthony Kennedy on Environment
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  • EPA, not Congress, determines when cost-benefit applies. (Jul 2009)
  • Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters. (Jan 2001)
  • Eminent domain applies to social & economic development. (Jun 2005)
  • Clean Water Act applies only to navigable wetlands. (Jun 2006)
  • States can request that EPA regulate CO2 greenhouse gases. (Apr 2007)
  • OK to sue polluters for past pollution. (Jan 2000)
  • Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways. (Jan 2001)
Anthony Kennedy on Families & Children
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  • 1st Amendment protects videogame violence as "speech". (Jun 2011)
  • Balance visitation rights between parent & child interests. (Jun 2000)
  • Rape victims cannot sue their alleged attackers. (May 2000)
Anthony Kennedy on Foreign Policy
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  • Using foreign law is inevitable with an interconnected world. (Sep 2005)
  • Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts. (Mar 2008)
Anthony Kennedy on Free Trade
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Anthony Kennedy on Government Reform
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  • Constitution design: Branches of government SHOULD converse. (Nov 2011)
  • Federalism secures freedom, as Framers planned. (Jun 2011)
  • Key to 2000 Bush v. Gore: don't change FL law. (Nov 2010)
  • Favors statesí rights, usually. (Dec 2000)
  • Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending. (Jun 2011)
Anthony Kennedy on Gun Control
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  • Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective. (Jun 2008)
Anthony Kennedy on Health Care
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  • ObamaCare not ok under Commerce Clause, but ok as tax. (Jun 2012)
  • ObamaCare should be justified by other Constitutional powers. (Mar 2011)
  • States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools. (Jun 2001)
  • States have no authority to protect patient rights. (Jun 2002)
  • Federal government decides insurance issues, not states. (Jun 2006)
  • Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning. (Jun 2011)
Anthony Kennedy on Homeland Security
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  • Congress must enable habeas rights at Guantanamo. (Jun 2008)
  • All-male military schools like VMI must admit women. (Dec 2003)
  • Congress authorized detaining US citizens as enemy soldiers. (Jun 2004)
  • Habeas writ for terrorists in indefinite custody. (Jun 2004)
Anthony Kennedy on Immigration
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  • No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants. (Jun 2001)
  • No automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes. (Jun 2001)
  • INS may hold deportation suspects without bail. (Apr 2003)
  • AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens. (May 2011)
Anthony Kennedy on Jobs
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  • No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing. (Mar 2002)
  • Public agencies can make unilateral rules for comp time. (May 2000)
Anthony Kennedy on Principles & Values
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  • 1987: No unitary theory of interpreting Constitution. (Oct 2010)
Anthony Kennedy on Social Security
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    No issue stance yet recorded by OnTheIssues.org.
Anthony Kennedy on Tax Reform
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  • Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users. (Feb 2011)
Anthony Kennedy on Technology
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  • Newspapers may not electronically reprint without permission. (Aug 2009)
Anthony Kennedy on War & Peace
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Anthony Kennedy on Welfare & Poverty
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VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+5 points on Social scale)
By rule of stare decisis, we uphold Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Constitutional analysis of Roe: abortion is a right: Strongly Favors topic 1
Uphold Roe v. Wade: woman's right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
All-male military schools like VMI must admit women: Favors topic 2
Sociological analysis insufficient to prove gender bias: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Hate crimes should allow racial intent to affect sentencing: Favors topic 2
Rape victims cannot sue their alleged attackers: Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Right to define one's own concept of existence, even if gay: Strongly Favors topic 3
Recognize GLBT as a constitutionally-protected class: Strongly Favors topic 3
Disallow all sodomy laws against same-sex activity: Favors topic 3
1st Amendment protects church's anti-gay funeral pickets: Opposes topic 3
State laws can protect gay rights: Strongly Favors topic 3
Boy Scouts may exclude gay scoutmasters: Opposes topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(0 points on Social scale)
Ok to deny scholarships to divinity students: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Taxpayers can't fight AZ tax credit for religious schools: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
ObamaCare not ok under Commerce Clause, but ok as tax: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare should be justified by other Constitutional powers: Neutral on topic 5
States cannot ban cigarette ads near schools: Opposes topic 5
States have no authority to protect patient rights: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Federal government decides insurance issues, not states: Favors topic 5
Federal law pre-empts state laws on generic drug warning: Strongly Opposes topic 5
No opinion on topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Vouchers ok if neutral with respect to religion: Favors topic 7
Taxpayer funding OK for parochial school materials: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-3 points on Social scale)
Migratory birds don't extend CWA to isolated waters: Strongly Favors topic 8
Eminent domain applies to social & economic development: Opposes topic 8
Clean Water Act applies only to navigable wetlands: Favors topic 8
OK to sue polluters for past pollution: Opposes topic 8
Favors topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(-3 points on Social scale)
Death penalty for rape is cruel & unusual punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Live witness not required for all scientific testing: Strongly Favors topic 9
International Court not grounds for stay of execution: Strongly Favors topic 9
Fleeing the police is reasonable grounds for a search: Favors topic 9
Death penalty OK if no mitigating evidence: Favors topic 9
OK to lengthen prison sentences retroactively: Favors topic 9
Uphold "Miranda", informing people being arrested of rights: Opposes topic 9
Life-sentence alternative doesn't affect death sentence: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Right to gun ownership is individual, not collective: Strongly Favors topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Railroads can sue for tax exemptions on other diesel users: Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
No judicial limit on detaining illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
No automatic deportation for aliens convicted of crimes: Strongly Favors topic 12
No back pay to illegal alien fired for union organizing: Strongly Opposes topic 12
INS may hold deportation suspects without bail: Strongly Opposes topic 12
AZ may revoke licenses for hiring unauthorized aliens: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Sovereign immunity only applies to foreign-owned companies: Opposes topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+2 points on Social scale)
Using foreign law is inevitable with an interconnected world: Opposes topic 14
Congress authorized detaining US citizens as enemy soldiers: Strongly Favors topic 14
Habeas writ for terrorists in indefinite custody: Opposes topic 14
Vienna Convention treaty not binding on US courts: Strongly Favors topic 14
No opinion on topic 15:
Expand the military
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Public campaign finance can't be based on opponent spending: Strongly Opposes topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Let courts decide what's secret in Cheney energy task force: Opposes topic 18
States can request that EPA regulate CO2 greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Clean Air Act displaced federal common law on CO2 emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Limit CWA restrictions to navigable waterways: Opposes topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
Sentencing rules change allows crack sentence reductions: Opposes topic 19
No tactile inspection by police for drugs: Opposes topic 19
No roadblocks with drug-sniffing dogs: Opposes topic 19
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)

Anthony Kennedy is a Moderate Libertarian Conservative.
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