The (Myrtle Beach) Sun News did a terrific article a few weeks back on 2008 Congressional candidate Linda Ketner and the struggle one Christian voter faced over how to not only vote for a lesbian, but actually canvas the community in support of her campaign.
h/t to Linda's blog.
We'll be providing more coverage next week, but I wanted to pass on a heads up that "Outrage," the controversial documentary by Kirby Dick ("This Film is Not Yet Rated") that names a few names in Washington's closet, will be opening at the Terrace Theater on June 19.
A few blogs and at least one regional LGBT website have claimed this week that Democrat Linda Ketner "outed" three big-name GOPers in South Carolina politics.
But the simple fact is that she did not "out" these people. Outing requires a rather large threshold. Namely, the person doing the outing has to have some sort of intimate access. In Ketner's case, she's a Democrat with no more access to these three Republicans than anyone else.
It was evident to us that she was passing on cocktail chatter in supposed confidence and she said as much in a blog post on her website.
I’ve always been resolute about never outing anyone, believing strongly that every person gets to decide when or if he or she comes out.
I let myself and others down in a recent off-the-record chat with a reporter. I obviously don’t have knowledge of the sexual orientation of any individuals mentioned. What I do have is respect and appreciation for their service to this state.
My sincerest apologies to any of you rightfully upset with me.
For the record, one of our most popular stories online to date is from 2007, when Sen. Lindsey Graham was targeted for outing after the Larry Craig scandal. We note very early in the story that Graham has plainly proclaimed his heterosexuality. And we retired that Glenn McConnell/Hunley seamen joke a long, long time ago.
College of Charleston student Nick Shalosky, who was elected to the downtown area constituent school board in November, is one of the LGBT political movers and shakers spotlighted in The Advocate's 40 Under 40 feature.
Nick got a critic's pick in our Best of Charleston issue in March for "Best Display of Gumption by a 20-something."
Pictured: A local gay rights rally last fall.
Sen. Jim DeMint’s office has reasserted his commitment to a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. In a Wall Street Journal op ed this week, DeMint argues states should determine their own policies on a host of issues, not the federal government. At one point in the piece DeMint mentions the continuing debate over gay marriage, but his office confirmed today that he still feels the pressing need for federal intervention on that issue.
In the piece, DeMint charts a course for the Republican Party by suggesting the GOP brand “freedom.” The word means different things to different people, DeMint says, but there are core principles the party can rally around.
“Republicans can welcome a vigorous debate about legalized abortion or same-sex marriage; but we should be able to agree that social policies should be set through a democratic process, not by unelected judges,” he writes.
Likely meant to be a reference to the oft-mentioned “activist judges” that have ruled against marriage bans in a handful of states, DeMint’s rhetoric doesn’t match the realities on the ground. State legislators in Vermont recently became the first elected leaders to approve gay marriage without a court mandate. New Hampshire and New York could soon be next.
Considering the op ed was meant to encourage state and local control on issues like education, health care, and energy, it led us to wonder whether DeMint was now supporting a state’s right to determine whether gays could wed. Not so, says spokesman Wesley Denton.
Speaking to us briefly on Tuesday, Denton says the senator continues to support the federal government stepping in through a constitutional amendment. He says this does not run counter to DeMint’s anti-federalist argument and that it’s “the most democratic process” because each state must weigh ratification (amendments require the support of legislatures in three-fourths of the states).
DeMint has largely found support in libertarian (lower case “l”) circles in recent months, but his federal solution to the marriage issue doesn’t mesh with that of Congressman Ron Paul and other libertarian leaders. Paul is opposed to a federal amendment, saying the issue should be left to states or that the government’s role in recognizing unions should be eliminated all together.
DeMint’s strong support for states rights, while also seeking federal involvement on gay marriage may be indicative of a larger struggle between the religious and libertarian elements of the Republican Party as it rebrands itself.