Below are the questions asked of all candidates for state legislature in FACT’s 2010 Tennessee Voter Guide, followed by links to brief background material on select questions. Use these links to better understand the issue as well as a candidate’s answers.

Question
Support
Oppose
1. Abstinence Education: Do you support or oppose prohibiting local school systems from teaching “abstinence only” sex education?
2. Voluntary Pre-K: Do you support or oppose keeping enrollment in and attendance of pre-kindergarten classes voluntary?
3. Abortion Amendment: Do you support or oppose allowing the people to vote on an amendment to the state Constitution identical to the proposed amendment regarding abortion that is found in Senate Joint Resolution 127, as adopted by the 106th General Assembly?

(Background on Question 3)

4. Academic Freedom: Do you support or oppose allowing teachers to help students analyze, evaluate, and critique all the strengths and weakness of scientific evidence supporting scientific explanations for such topics as the origin of life and common ancestry?

(Background on Question 4)

5. Sex Education: Do you support or oppose the use of anatomically correct reproductions of male and female sexual organs to visually demonstrate various sexual acts to high school students?

(VIDEO: Background on Question 5)

6. Parental Rights: Do you support or oppose requiring high schools to make available to parents of students information about the purposes of, requirements for membership in, and educational materials used by approved student clubs and organizations?
7. Obscenity on TV: Do you support or oppose a state law mirroring federal law that would make the distribution, broadcast, or transmission of obscene material via satellite or cable television a criminal offense?

(Background on Question 7)

8. Medicinal Marijuana: Do you support or oppose allowing individuals to grow their own marijuana if it is for medicinal purposes?
9. Domestic Partner Benefits: Do you support or oppose prohibiting local governments from requiring, as a condition of providing goods or services to local government, that employers provide domestic partner benefits to unmarried heterosexual couples or to homosexual couples?
10. Elected Judges: Do you support or oppose eliminating the current process by which the Governor appoints members to the Tennessee Supreme Court who are later subject to an uncontested retention referenda and returning to contested popular elections as were held prior to 1994?

(Background on Question 10)

11. Appointed Judges: Do you support or oppose allowing the people to vote on an amendment to the state Constitution that would expressly allow the Judges of the state Supreme Court to be appointed by the Governor, subject to a subsequent retention election?

(Background on Question 11)

12. Sexual Orientation: Do you support or oppose including sexual orientation or preference under Tennessee’s equivalent of the federal civil rights laws?
13. Gender Identity: Do you support or oppose including gender identity under Tennessee’s equivalent of the federal civil rights laws?
14. Income Tax Ban: Do you support or oppose allowing the people to vote on an amendment to the state Constitution that would ban a tax on earned income (“income tax”)?
15. School Policies on Bullying: Do you support or oppose a state law requiring that school policies against bullying place the emphasis on the actions of bullies and not single out specific kinds of victims or the characteristics of such victims?

(Background on Question 15)