Senator Michael 'Mike' Lee's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Michael 'Mike' Lee
Current Office: U.S. Senate - Jr, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010
Last Elected: 11/02/2010
Next Election: 2016
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sharon; 3 Children
Birth Date: 06/04/1971
Birth Place: Mesa, AZ
Home City: Alpine, UT
Religion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
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Mike Lee refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • Cross, Karen. National Right to Life Political Action Committee: Primaries, Runoffs, and Special Elections Foreshadow Changes in Congress. "A June 22 runoff between pro-life candidates Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater will determine the Republican nominee. The winner will meet Sam Granato (D)." (www.nrlpac.org)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded SUPPORT to the question: "Do you support or oppose a government regulation to ban partial birth abortions?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. Issue Position: Sanctity of Life. "Governments exist for the purpose of protecting life, liberty, and property. Few could dispute that, among these essential interests, the need to protect life is paramount. The Constitution says nothing that can plausibly be read to suggest--as the Supreme Court concluded in Roe v. Wade--that States are essentially powerless to protect unborn human life. This power to protect the most vulnerable members of society needs to be returned to the States." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Lee. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: Utah Candidate Survey. Responded YES to the question: "Indicate the tax cuts you are willing to vote for: Estate Tax Cut" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Michael Lee. U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Lee Continues to Call for Tax Reform. 5 August 2010. "Lee, a proponent of tax reform through a flat tax, fair tax, or other simplified system stated, "with 50% of wage earners paying little or no taxes, there is little reason for them to question new or expanding government programs. Until we reform the tax code to give all Americans a stake in their government (through a simplified tax system), Congress will continue to adopt new entitlements, new bailouts, and new relief programs."" (www.mikelee2010.com)
  • Roche, Lisa Riley. 2010. Deseret News: Senate candidates Tim Bridgewater, Mike Lee find common ground in KSL debate. 30 May 2010. "The candidates [Lee, Bridgewater], who defeated Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, at the state GOP convention earlier this month, expressed similar opinions on a wide range of issues, including support for replacing the federal income tax with what amounts to a national sales tax. Both said the so-called "fair tax" would be just that, more fair to taxpayers. As an alternative, both also agreed a flat income tax rate would be preferable to the current system." (www.deseretnews.com)

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  • Biele, Katharine. 2009. Salt Lake City Weekly: Republicans Against Bob Bennett Page all Conservatives ride America's wave of outrage hoping to take down Utah Sen. Bob Bennett. 16 December 2009. "Bridgewater's arguments are not unlike those of Lee's, whose cottage meetings tend to denigrate Bennett's support of TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Program, in which the government bought assets from financial institutions in 2008, ostensibly to shore them up." (www.cityweekly.net)
  • Jeff Robinson, Mike Lee, Tim Bridgewater. 2010. KCPW: Tim Bridgewater & Mike Lee Debate on Politics Up Close (Radio debate). 4 June 2010. "I've come to believe that the federal government's too big and too expensive?We have to remember that the federal government was created against the backdrop of the American Revolution. The American Revolution had a lot to do with the fact that there was a previous time when we were subject to a large national government that taxed the people too much and regulated the people too much and it was so distant from the people that it was often slow to respond to their needs? so not surprisingly our founding fathers put together a national government under the auspices of the Constitution. That document gave decidedly, intentionally limited powers to our national government. Our national government was supposed to be in charge of just a few basic things, including things like national defense, immigration, regulation of interstate and foreign trade, and protecting trademarks, copyrights, and patents. It was never supposed to be all things to all people. It was never supposed to be everyone's health care provider of first and last resort or lender of first and last resort. The government is not a business. Governments and businesses are two very different things because the government, you see, can't create wealth so it can't create real, meaningful, lasting jobs that will expand our economy. Only individuals can create wealth and they will whenever government stays out of their way." (kcpw.org)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded "We don't need another dose of regulation. We don't need another helping of deficit spending. We don't need more decisions made in Washington that affect homes and businesses far from the beltway..." to the question: "Why are you running for office, what do you hope to accomplish if elected and why do you feel you deserve the vote and confidence of We the People?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded OPPOSE to the question: "Do you support or oppose The TARP or Stimulus Bill?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Deseret News Candidate Questionnaire. Responded: "We must redesign our tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and far less onerous. With 50% of wage earners paying little or no taxes, too many voters have no stake in government-and no reason to question new government programs that are funded by actual taxpayers. Until we reform the tax code to give all Americans a stake in their government (through the fair or flat tax), Congress will continue to adopt new entitlements, new bailouts, and new relief programs to appease their constituents. We should immediately reduce and ultimately dissolve the capital gains tax to spur investment. This action combined with slashing federal spending will be the engine for future economic growth. I trust the American business community to find new avenues for economic growth and prosperity. Deficit spending facilitates the continuing growth of the federal government. It is far too tempting to shift the cost of today's federal expansion to future generations. Until we require Congress to operate under a balanced budget, that expansion will continue. A balanced budget amendment is essential to restoring the original, proper role of the federal government." to the question: "What action should Congress be taking to deal with the continued effects of the recession? What steps should be taken to alleviate the national debt?" (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Micheal Lee. Issue Position: 5 Steps to a Return to Limited Government. "The answer to an economic downturn is not a government stimulus, but a reduction in government regulation and bureaucracy to allow the natural forces of our private enterprise system to rebound without undue interference." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Lee. 2010. Deseret News Candidate Questionnaire. Responded: "Three entitlement programs-Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid-are on a course that is as disturbing as it is unsustainable. Through these programs, Congress has promised to provide roughly $50 trillion in "unfunded" benefits to Americans who are alive today-that is, benefits for which Congress lacks the financial means to pay. This approach is irresponsible. While current Social Security beneficiaries must be held harmless, there needs to be a systemic overhaul to these programs, lest they bankrupt the country. To do so, people will need to realize that the benefits those older generations have had, may be significantly reduced in the future. But to not overhaul these programs cannot be postponed or overlooked any longer as if the problem is going to go away." to the question: "How would you reform entitlement spending? Specifically, would your plans include eliminating and/or cutting Social Security? Would it eliminate or cut Medicare?" . (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Warren, Michael. 2010. Weekly Standard: Will Mike Lee or Tim Bridgewater Be Utah's Next Senator?. 18 June 2010. "Lee considers himself the true conservative in the race, and he sounds like New Jersey governor Chris Christie when he talks about the need to confront the problems with entitlement programs like Social Security. "Those retiring in, say, the next ten to twenty years need to be told right now we're gonna have to start making some difficult adjustments," Lee says. "Including raising the retirement age, including reindexing the payout of benefits based on inflation rather than cost of living." (www.weeklystandard.com)
  • Gehrke, Robert. 2010. Salt Lake Tribune: Senate candidates take stands on Social Security reform. 7 June 2010. "Utah's Republican Senate candidates have outlined a vision for reforming Social Security that includes raising retirement ages, private accounts and, in Mike Lee's case, taking the retirement safety net away from the federal government and letting states run it. "Somewhere down the road, we need to ask, 'Is the federal government the right government to be administering this?'" Lee asked. "You don't find a retirement system in [the Constitution]. That, with the 10th Amendment, says it's a program best administered by the states." Lee's proposal would mark a historic shift in the 75-year-old program, which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in three cases in 1937 is a constitutional exercise of federal power...Lee also proposed significant hikes in the retirement age for younger workers, suggesting that for workers 20 years from retirement, the age at which they would qualify for benefits should be raised by one year every other year." (sltrib.com)
  • Michael Lee. Issue Position: Entitlements. "Three entitlement programs--Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid--are on a course that is as disturbing as it is unsustainable. Through these programs, Congress has promised to provide roughly $50 trillion in "unfunded" benefits to Americans who are alive today--that is, benefits for which Congress lacks the financial means to pay. This is irresponsible. While current Social Security beneficiaries must be held harmless, there needs to be a systemic overhaul to these programs, lest they bankrupt the country. To do so, people will need to realize that the benefits those older generations have had, may not be available in the future. But to not overhaul these programs cannot be postponed or overlooked any longer like the problem is going to go away." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded OPPOSE to the question: "Do you support or oppose federal legislation and/or mandates that determine curriculum or policies in local schools?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. Issue Position: Education. "Our nation's public education system functions best when critical decisions regarding our schools are made by parents, teachers, and other experts at the local level. Outside of the District of Columbia, U.S. Territories, and certain federal enclaves, Congress has no business regulating our nation's public education system, and has created problems whenever it has attempted to do so." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded SUPPORT to the question: "Do you support or oppose drilling for oil on American controlled lands and waters?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: Utah Candidate Survey. Responded YES to the question: "Will you oppose so-called "Cap and Trade" legislation?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded OPPOSE to the question: "Do you support or oppose federal government regulations and restriction upon states and citizens in response to global warming?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee signed Americans For Prosperity: No Climate Tax pledge: "I, Mike Lee, pledge to the taxpayers of the state of Arizona and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (www.noclimatetax.com)

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  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded OPPOSE to the question: "Do you support or oppose government restrictions on a law abiding citizen's right to keep and bear arms?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: Utah Candidate Survey. Responded YES to the question: "Will you vote to oppose any legislation that allows the federal government to prohibit the sale, use, or carrying of firearms?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Michael Lee. Mikelee2010. 28 June 2010. "Applaud the Supreme Court Decision which defends individuals 2nd Amendment Rights!" (twitter.com)
  • Michael Lee. Issue Position: Second Amendment Rights. "The second amendment protects the individual right to bear arms. I will vigorously oppose any effort to undermine this right." (votesmart.org)

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  • Geraci Charles. 2010. Herald Journal News: Lee vs. Bridgewater: Who's who. "Lee views the Obama health care legislation as unconstitutional and vows to work to repeal it if elected to the Senate. "Nothing in the Constitution gives Congress the power to compel Americans that they have to buy a specific product, and that if they don't buy that specific product - that very type of product that Congress in its infinite wisdom deems acceptable - that they're going to face penalties under federal law," Lee said. "First of all, it's completely unprecedented in our 220-year history operating under the Constitution. Congress has never done something like that. And even under the most expansive interpretation of the commerce clause, it's not defensible." Though Lee believes repeal of the "Obamacare" legislation could pass in a Republican-controlled Congress - which he thinks will occur after this year's election cycle - he noted that Obama would veto the repeal, and there likely would not be enough Republican votes to override a veto. Still, Lee contends that even after a veto, Republicans could "defund its implementation." "That's a way of sort of freezing the legislation in time until we can get someone else elected as president in 2012," Lee said. "And then we'll repeal it, and we'll get the repeal signed."" (news.hjnews.com)
  • Jeff Robinson, Mike Lee, Tim Bridgewater. 2010. KCPW: Tim Bridgewater & Mike Lee Debate on Politics Up Close (Radio debate). 4 June 2010. "I've come to believe that the federal government's too big and too expensive?We have to remember that the federal government was created against the backdrop of the American Revolution. The American Revolution had a lot to do with the fact that there was a previous time when we were subject to a large national government that taxed the people too much and regulated the people too much and it was so distant from the people that it was often slow to respond to their needs? so not surprisingly our founding fathers put together a national government under the auspices of the Constitution. That document gave decidedly, intentionally limited powers to our national government. Our national government was supposed to be in charge of just a few basic things, including things like national defense, immigration, regulation of interstate and foreign trade, and protecting trademarks, copyrights, and patents. It was never supposed to be all things to all people. It was never supposed to be everyone's health care provider of first and last resort..." (kcpw.org)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded OPPOSE to the question: "Do you support or oppose taxpayer funded healthcare mandated and run by the Federal Government?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Campaign For Liberty: Utah Candidate Survey. Responded YES to the question: "Will you oppose any attempt to nationalize our health care system, including any sort of public option for insurance?" (www.campaignforliberty.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Deseret News Candidate Questionnaire. Responded: "First and foremost, we must work to defund and repeal the Obama health care plan. Every possible means must be applied within Congress as well as through the application of the Constitution and the law to stop full implementation of this legislation. We must also support meaningful solutions to health care reform which increase the portability of insurance for individuals, allow individuals and small businesses to fully claim the same tax deductions large corporations currently enjoy, ease limitations on health savings accounts (HSAs), put an end to outrageous malpractice damage awards, and allow for communities and groups to unite in associated health plans. Enabling free market forces to work by allowing insurance companies to sell policies across state lines will also help drive down costs through positive price competition. Health care reform must never give government the authority to force Americans to buy health insurance, redistribute wealth to satisfy government mandates, or overburden small businesses which would contribute to job losses. The real solution to our current health care challenge is found in less government involvement in the process -- not more." to the question: "What is your position on federal health care reform?" (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Michael Lee. Issue Position: Healthcare. "First and foremost, we must work to defund and repeal Obamacare. Every possible means must be applied within Congress as well as through the application of the Constitution and the law to stop full implementation of this legislation. We must also support meaningful solutions to health care reform which increase the portability of insurance for individuals, allow individuals and small businesses to fully claim the same tax deductions large corporations currently enjoy, ease limitations on health savings accounts (HSAs), put an end to outrageous malpractice damage awards, and allow for communities and groups to unite in associated health plans." (votesmart.org)

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  • Canham, Matt. 2010. Salt Lake Tribune: Granato, Lee clash over fate of illegal immigrants. 22 July 2010. "The top candidates for Utah's open Senate seat sound fairly similar when they start talking about immigration - that is, until they discuss what should happen to the millions of people now in the country illegally. Simply put, Democrat Sam Granato sees a place in this nation for the millions of undocumented workers among us, while Republican Mike Lee wants each one to return to their homelands and apply through existing legal channels... The Democrat, who owns three Italian restaurants and shops in Utah, supports President Barack Obama's outline for immigration reform, which would require undocumented immigrants to pay back taxes, learn English and pay a fine before being allowed to apply for legal status. Lee, an attorney, considers that amnesty. "That argument has its appeal," he said, "and yet all you are doing is requiring them to pay a fine that really is still a reward." Lee believes Congress would make the fine largely symbolic, because any substantial sum would reward wealthy illegal immigrants over the poor. He does not back any effort that would lead to a path to citizenship or legal status." Instead, Lee argues, Congress should focus on beefing up enforcement of laws barring companies from hiring undocumented workers. He sees that as the fastest and easiest way to reduce the incentive for people to cross the border illegally or overstay a visa. "They are here because of a job," he said, "and if their job dries up, if there are no jobs available for illegal immigrants, then the overwhelming majority of those who are here illegally will go home." Lee said families with children who have no memories of their home country would have tough decisions to make, but "will have to struggle with that individually." (www.sltrib.com)
  • Geraci, Charles. 2010. Herald Journal News: Lee vs. Bridgewater: Who's who. "[On immigration] Lee is calling for more border enforcement, personnel, equipment and surveillance. "And we need to eliminate the magnets that bring illegal immigrants to the country and keep them here, including jobs and entitlements," said Lee. "I think a good way of reversing the magnet on jobs is to start enforcing more aggressively laws that have been on the books already for decades that tell employers that they can't hire a known illegal immigrant, and if they do they're going to be punished under federal law. If we enforce that more consistently and more aggressively, people would stop hiring them. Those who are already here would go home, and illegal immigrants would stop flooding into the country."" (news.hjnews.com)
  • Mckitrick, Cathy. 2010. Salt Lake Tribune: Senate candidates urge end to automatic citizenship. 22 May 2010. "Both Bridgewater and Lee agree that children born to parents who are in the country illegally should not get instant citizenship, even though the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution - ratified in 1868 as part of post-Civil War reconstruction - says as much. "Just because you were born here, you are not automatically a citizen," said Lee, an attorney who campaigns on the theme of returning the country to its constitutional roots. "For someone to be entitled to that citizenship they need to be born to citizens or lawful residents or aliens involved in active U.S. military service," Lee said. He voiced support for HR 1868, proposed federal legislation that seeks to alter the current interpretation of the 14th Amendment... Both candidates [Bridgewater, Lee] also railed against the federal government for failing to address the immigration issue. They supported Arizona's right to pass its recent controversial immigration legislation, though they stopped short of saying Utah should follow suit." (sltrib.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Deseret News Candidate Questionnaire. Responded: "The federal government is charged with protecting our borders and maintaining and enforcing immigration laws. It is doing neither. States such as Arizona are left without help as they face overwhelming costs and problems stemming from illegal immigration within their state. We can't blame them for acting unilaterally when the federal government fails to act. Ultimately, states cannot curb the illegal immigration problems alone. Congress needs to fix this problem by: 1. Investing in the technology, personnel, and physical infrastructure necessary to secure the southern border 2. Enforcing existing immigration laws 3. Improving and promoting the use of E-Verify-a nationwide immigration-status verification system designed to enable employers to ascertain quickly and accurately whether would-be employees are authorized to work in the United States; 4. Mandating and enforcing the denial of federal and state welfare benefits to illegal immigrants; 5. Clarify the original intent of the citizenship clause through legislation specifying that children born to illegal-alien parents in the United States are not entitled to automatic citizenship; and 6. Making clear that illegal aliens will not receive amnesty in any form, and must return to their own countries before applying for a visa; illegal aliens should receive no benefit from having entered the United States illegally, and should not be granted guest-worker visas or the opportunity to "purchase" lawful immigration status." to the question: "Do you support or oppose Utah lawmakers who are considering passing anti-illegal immigration laws, including one similar to Arizona's, because they don't want to wait any longer for the federal government to act? Why or why not?" (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Roche, Lisa Riley. 2010. Deseret News: Senate candidates Tim Bridgewater, Mike Lee find common ground in KSL debate. 30 May 2010. "Bridgewater and Lee criticized the federal government for not taking action to curb illegal immigration. However, they stopped short of saying Utah needs to emulate Arizona's controversial new immigration law." (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Michael Lee. Issue Position: Illegal Immigration. "The Constitution makes clear that the federal government is responsible for making and enforcing laws governing immigration. The federal government has dropped the ball in this area, allowing--and in some instances even encouraging--tens of millions of people to enter our borders illegally. Congress needs to fix this problem by: 1. Investing in the technology, personnel, and physical infrastructure necessary to secure the southern border 2. Enforcing existing immigration laws 3. Improving and promoting the use of E-Verify--a nationwide immigration-status verification system designed to enable employers to ascertain quickly and accurately whether would-be employees are authorized to work in the United States; 4. Mandating and enforcing the denial of federal and state welfare benefits to illegal immigrants; 5. Clarify the original intent of the citizenship clause through legislation specifying that children born to illegal-alien parents in the United States are not entitled to automatic citizenship; and 6. Making clear that illegal aliens will not receive amnesty in any form, and must return to their own countries before applying for a visa; illegal aliens should receive no benefit from having entered the United States illegally, and should not be granted guest-worker visas or the opportunity to "purchase" lawful immigration status." (votesmart.org)

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  • Jeff Robinson, Mike Lee, Tim Bridgewater. 2010. KCPW: Tim Bridgewater & Mike Lee Debate on Politics Up Close (Radio debate). 4 June 2010. JR: "Mike Lee your position on the war in Afghanistan: Is there a clear mission and if so do you support it? ML: "I think that to the extent we're there, providing to protect American national security, which I think is the primary mission. Yeah we do have a clear military objective there. And I think that always has to be our focus whenever we send troops into harms way is focusing on whether and to what extent they're there combating a threat to American national security. I respect our troops and I think we owe it to them and we owe it to those they protect here at home to give them all the equipment they need to get the job done, to give them rules of engagement that will give them enough flexibility to accomplish their military objectives and then we owe it to them to bring them safely home once that job is done. As to whether or not it's a war that we can get out of any time soon with a clear victory, time will tell. But I think our efforts there have been successful and we've rooted out a lot of evil. We need to stay there as long as it takes-and no longer-but certainly as long as it takes to eliminate threats to our national security, to arm and train the Afghan national army to the degree sufficient to enable that country to protect itself form further incursion by Taliban or Al Qaeda forces." (kcpw.org)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Points of clarification about question 34 "Do you support or oppose the war on terror as an important component of National Security?": "The war on terror as an important component of National Security: Although I support the cause of fighting Islamic fascist terrorism-both at home and abroad-I am against preemptive wars, and believe that many mistakes have been made by the United States in connection with the war on terror. I also believe that Congress has the exclusive power to declare war, and should neither fund nor authorize any war without formally and constitutionally declaring war." (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded SUPPORT to the question: "Do you support or oppose the war on terror as an important component of National Security?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. Issue Position: Afghanistan. "My policy on Afghanistan is simple: our troops are there to take out military targets--i.e., things that present a clear and present threat to our national security--and should be brought home as soon as possible after all such targets have been destroyed or neutralized and the Afghan National Army has been trained sufficiently to protect their own land from further Taliban incursion. Our duty to those who protect us, and to those they protect, requires nothing less." (votesmart.org)

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  • Michael Lee. 2010. Abigail Adams Project: Candidate Questionnaire. Responded SUPPORT to the question: "Do you support or oppose constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman?" (sites.google.com)
  • Michael Lee. 2010. Deseret News Candidate Questionnaire. Responded: "We should not reverse a current policy that works. I do not support gay marriage." to the question: "What action, if any, should the Senate take on such gay rights issues as the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy or moves to allow gay marriage?" (www.deseretnews.com)
  • Yellin, Jessica. 2010. CNN: Crucial Weekend For Oil Leak; Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional; Extending Unemployment Benefits; LeBron James Decision; UAE Vuvuzelas Banning. 9 July 2010. Yellin: "OK. You've also across the board as we've just heard been a fierce supporter of states rights. You said everything from abortion rights to legalizing marijuana should be left to the states, but you do want a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Why does the issue of same-sex marriage merit federal intervention?" Lee: "Actually, what I've said on that is I support the defense of marriage act, which was an appropriate act by Congress under the full faith and credit clause that leaves this issue squarely in the hands of the states, and should that be upheld, I wouldn't advocate on behalf of anything else at the federal level because I think this is an issue for the states." (archives.cnn.com)

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