Monday, December 21, 2009

Houston's new mayor a Stall High School grad

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 11:01 AM

The Houston Chronicle profiled new Houston Mayor Annise Parker today. Her election made Houston the biggest U.S. city with an openly gay mayor.

Among the biographical tidbits is a note about her time in Charleston as a teenager struggling to understand her sexuality.


As a senior at R.B. Stall High School in Charleston, S.C., she was a high jumper and long jumper on the women's track team and a member of the school's Ecology Club, National Honor Society and Christian Youth Fellowship. She graduated in 1974, won a coveted National Merit Scholarship and enrolled at Rice University, the only college she had ever wanted to attend.

Teaser art by flickr user davidortez


Monday, December 14, 2009

DeMint cringes at thought of a gay president

Posted by Greg Hambrick on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Sen. Jim DeMint's "Back-to-Basics" approach for saving conservatism apparently puts a lot of stock into homophobia.

In a Bloomberg interview, DeMint didn't just stop at opposition to gay marriage like most right-wingers, he went all the way.

The comments came under the subhead, "Time of Terrorism" (let us hope that was artistic license by the columnist and not by DeMint's design).

He takes a hard line on social issues, passionately anti- abortion and pro-guns. He has been most outspoken as an opponent of any form of gay marriage.

“Marriage is a religious institution. The federal government has no business redefining what it is,” DeMint says. This is one issue where he doesn’t support states’ rights; state government shouldn’t have the right to permit gay marriage: “Governments should not be in the business of promoting a behavior that’s proven to be destructive to our society.”

He cringes at the notion of a gay or lesbian president: “It would be bothersome to me just personally because I consider it immoral.

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