Heather Johnson on Civil Rights



Let the market change bigots, not affirmative action

Q: Do you support or oppose the policy, "Legally require hiring women & minorities"?

A: How does this type of legislation change the hearts and minds of bigots? It doesn't, it breeds resentment from the misuse of government for a social ill, which is better changed through direct social human exchanges. For businesses that discriminate the market and consumer power can regulate it better than government and the penalty is worse, because the business may fail whereas these types of laws protect bigoted businesses from the consequence of failure at the same time they force them to hire a few women and minorities, which is a false representation of equality. Equality would be everyone hired upon their own merits by businesses that wish to attain the best for their businesses, which is really what women and minorities want, recognition for what we can do.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2014

Marriage is a private matter, same-sex or not

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Comfortable with same-sex marriage"?

A: Yes, marriage should not even be a government-defined contract. It is a private matter.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2014

LGBT persons are created with inalienable right to marry

Q: Why do you think that you have a better chance than past third party candidates?

A: We are at a point in history where a lot of different groups are seeing their personal rights violated. People from different sexual orientations, all different ethnicities, they're all fighting some aspect of the system. Everyone is feeling government infringement of their rights in some way. It's definitely a time to challenge that in politics.

Q: Same-sex marriage appears to be heading toward legalization in most states.

A: I believe that government has no place in marriage, period. It is a contract between two people. The government should only get involved when there is a dispute, fraud, or coercion.

Q: If elected, how will you ensure that the LGBTQ community will gain equal rights?

A: I would oppose legislation that infringes on rights and I would support legislation that recognizes those rights. I believe that those rights are already provided; we're all created with inalienable rights.

Source: News Examiner Q&A on 2014 Minnesota Senate race , Aug 11, 2014

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