In Texas: A state representative repeatedly gay-baits her opponent, claiming her challenger is a "lesbian who needs to come out." And they're both Democrats.
Norma Chávez represents parts of El Paso County, which straddles the Mexican border. Chávez repeatedly refers to challenger Naomi Gonzalez as "gay" or "lesbian." Chávez claims Gonzalez’s sexuality is a valid issue and might affect policy decisions such as marriage equality ... which both candidates oppose. "I have not attacked her for being a lesbian gay woman," Chávez said, "drawing groans and some applause from the audience," reports the El Paso Times.
Gay-baiting isn't a new tactic here, reports the El Paso Times. "Former Police Chief Carlos Leon used a similar tactic against former Police Chief Richard Wiles in the 2008 race for El Paso County sheriff. Leon's campaign began floating questions about "family values" against Wiles, who won the race."