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Mike Rounds on Civil Rights

Republican SD Governor

 


Legal contracts for gay couples, but not marriage

Both Howie and Rounds oppose allowing same-sex couples to legally marry. "I think it's silly not to allow those kind of things," Howie said of letting same-sex couples file taxes jointly, have hospital visitation rights and other privileges currently limited to married couples.

Rounds, like Howie, said he believes "marriage is between a man and a woman." Beyond that, Rounds said romantic partners can enter into contracts to do things that already are legal but opposes changing the law to allow same-sex couples privileges currently reserved for married couples.

"If two individuals, or 3 or 4 or 12 individuals, want to contract with one another, as long as those contracts are legal, I have no problem with those folks contracting with one another to do what is a lawful activity," Rounds said. As to what constitutes a lawful contract, Rounds said the courts, not lawmakers, will decide. "We'll have opportunities in the future to address questions of what are legal contracts," Rounds said.

Source: Argus-Leader on 2014 South Dakota Senate race , Aug 16, 2014

Marriage should be between a man and a woman

On Amendment “C” Define Marriage: “Personally, I will vote YES because I just simply believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman.”
Source: 2006 Gubernatorial website, roundsforgov.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

No affirmative action in state contracts nor colleges

Q: Affirmative Action: Should race, ethnicity, or gender be taken into account in state agencies’ decisions on:

Q: College and university admissions

A: No.

Q: Public employment

A: No.

Q: State contracting

A: No.

Source: 1998 SD State Legislative National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1998

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