Tim Pawlenty on Gay Marriage

Last Updated : Aug 04, 2011

Summary

Governor Pawlenty believes in the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman. He has stated that all domestic partnerships are not the same and that marriage should be elevated in our society to a special level.

In 2010, Governor Pawlenty vetoed SF341. This legislation would have extended the right to determine the remains of someone or pursue wrongful death lawsuits to a domestic partner. When asked about his veto, Governor Pawlenty stated that the rights sought through the legislation were already available to anyone seeking to establish those protections and that the move was mostly an attempt to insert "domestic partner" into as many laws as possible to establish an equivalency to marriage.

When President Obama announced that he was instructing the Justice Department not to protect the Defense of Marriage Act, Governor Pawlenty issued a statement noting his belief that President Obama was abdicating his responsibility as Presdient for political gain.

In a 2011 interview, Governor Pawlenty stated that a marital relationship between a man and a woman is unique and has had and should continue to have an elevated place and position in our society for obvious reasons. He stated that all domestic relationships are not equal to traditional marriage and that he wanted to preserve traditional marriage as an elevated arrangement in our culture and in our laws.

In the 2011 Presidential debate in New Hampshire, Governor Pawlenty stated that he supported a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

 

NewsWeek Interview

In December of 2009, Governor Pawlenty was interviewed by NewsWeek and asked about gay marriage and other issues related to the subject.

 

Veto of SF 341

In 2010, Governor Pawlenty vetoed SF341. This legislation would have inserted the term "or domestic partner" into laws extending the right to determine the remains of someone or pursue wrongful death lawsuits.

 

Meet the Press Across America Interview

In May of 2010, Governor Pawlenty was interviewed by Meet the Press Across America. He was asked about his veto of SF 341 to grant benefits to domestic partners in some cases.

 

Defense of Marriage Act

On his presidential campaign website, Governor Pawlenty discusses his support for the Defense of Marriage Act and his opposition to President Obama's decision not to enforce the law.

 

Fox News Interview

In March of 2011, Governor Pawlenty was interviewed by Greta Van Susteran for Fox News and discussed gay marriage. He notes that he supports traditional marriage.

 

New Hampshire Debate

During the New Hampshire Presidential debate in June of 2011, Governor Pawlenty stated that he would support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

 

CNN Interview

In July of 2011, Governor Pawlenty was interviewed by Candy Crowley. He is asked in-depth about gay marriage and civil unions and states that it defies common sense that all unions of two people are the same.

 

Miami Herald Interview

In August of 2011, Governor Pawlenty was interviewed by the Miami Herald and asked about gay marriage and notes his support for traditional marriage.

References

[1] Website: Newsweek Article: Tim Pawlenty Gets No Respect Author: Howard Fineman Accessed on: 05/11/2011

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