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.
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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.”