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Michael D. Higgins’ policies on social issues



Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Voting recordPro-choice

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, but allow churches the right to refuse same-sex ceremonies

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseNo

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Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, preventing women from serving in combat roles is discriminatory

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, but only if their hormone levels are equivalent to those in the gender category in which they compete

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, we should respect all cultural traditions