Name of Candidate: Kevin McCarthy
Office Sought: Pennsylvania Superior Court
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Because same-sex marriage is illegal in Pennsylvania, same sex partners are denied many spousal rights. Do you believe that same sex partners should be granted the rights of consent and consultation regarding the health care of their partners? If yes, would you be an advocate for change?
Yes, I personally believe same sex partners should be granted the rights of consent and consultation regarding the healthcare of their partners. However, as an elected judge, I would be prohibited from advocating for any change in the law.
Do you believe same-sex couples should be entitled to the same adoption rights as opposite sex couples? If yes, explain your understanding of this issue.
Yes. I believe that every adopted child should, where possible, have the love of two nurturing parents. Where two committed persons, regardless of sexual orientation, willingly assume the responsibility of parenthood, the law should recognize that commitment.
In matters of divorce, do you feel an openly gay parent should have the same rights to visitation and custody as a heterosexual parent?
The courts today traditionally rule in a gender preferenced way with regard to Mother's rights. Do you believe Mothers are predisposed to be better parents?
Children born or adopted into families headed by partners who are of the same sex usually have only one biologic or adoptivelegal parent. The other partner in a parental role is called the "coparent" or "second parent." Many feel these families andchildren need the permanence and security that are provided by having 2 fully sanctioned and legally defined parents. In what way do you support the legal adoption of children by coparents or second parents?
I believe that if same sex partners adopt a child jointly, each assumes the obligations for that child equally.
Do you believe that gender protections under the law also apply to transgendered people who may or may not have had reassignment procedures?
I strongly oppose discrimination in all of its forms and against all persons regardless of their sexual orientation. I make no distinctions based on what medical procedures may or may not have been performed.
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