Questions involving pornography, gays and abortion are part of a survey the political arm of Focus on the Family sent to all the candidates seeking office in the April 5 election.
Other questions involved Memorial Health System, FREX and the newly revived Human Relations Commission.
Each of the nine men running for mayor answered the survey, revealing more about where they stand on social issues.
For example, the candidates were asked whether they would support a proclamation in support of PrideFest, which Mayor Lionel Rivera has declined to do.
Only two of the candidates – Dave Munger and Richard Skorman – said they would.
“Traditional marriage and families are the cornerstone of society,” wrote Brian Bahr, who wouldn’t issue such a proclamation if elected mayor. “If we are to survive as a society, we must strengthen marriages & families.”
Mitch Christiansen called “any gay exhibition” a “detriment” to the city.
“My wife and myself made many trips to (San Francisco) in past years. Due to vulgar display of homosexual behavior we have not nor will we return for a visit,” he wrote. “Our friends come to visit us as we will not travel there.”
Although the question was whether or not the mayor should issue such a proclamation, the candidates running for City Council got the same question, too.
“Sodomy should not be ‘celebrated’ by public officials speaking on behalf of the city,” wrote Douglas Bruce, who is running as part of a slate. “The city must avoid pushing controversial issues that endorse or force on us distasteful, unhealthy, and aberrant behavior know as the ‘gay agenda.’”
All the candidates were also asked if they supported health benefits that included the same-sex domestic partners of city employees.
Of those running for mayor, only Munger said he did.
The rest said no, including Skorman, a former councilman who supported the idea in the past.
“I supported originally, but I actually favor an employee plus one benefit if it can be cost neutral,” wrote Skorman, a former board member of the Gill Foundation.
“That would allow any true partner of an (employee) to buy into the city’s insurance as long as they shared a bank account and a lease or mortgage,” he wrote.