A Black gay Republican candidate for Washington D.C. Council has protested the candidate rankings released last week by the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance. Ward 1 candidate Marc Morgan has blasted the rankings as a “high school popularity contest” after receiving a significantly lower score than the Democratic incumbent, reports the Washington Post.
In the Ward 1 council race, the GLAA gave openly gay Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) a perfect score of a 10. But Marc Morgan, the GOP candidate in the race, received a score of 3. "He agrees with GLAA on the issues but offered no substance in his questionnaire," GLAA said of its rating of Morgan. "We found only a minimal record."
Morgan sent out a statement today accusing GLAA of engaging in a "high school popularity contest. "As a gay man who has traveled across the country fighting for gay rights, I find it hard to believe that someone such as CM Graham can be three times as supportive of LGBT rights as I am," Morgan said. "I don't understand how any person who answered GLAA's questionnaire could be more supportive of gay rights than a gay man himself, but I suppose that is something the GLAA will have to live with should one of their "favorites" not win this election."
Openly gay challenger Tim Day in Ward 5 also complained after receiving a low ranking. GLAA defends it ratings, saying the GOP candidates have no record on LGBT rights and expect "points because they are openly gay."
There's a lot of that going around.
The issues page of the Marc Morgan for DC Council website does not discuss any LGBT-related platform issues. On his Facebook page, the Black gay Republican describes his family as active in Ohio Republican politics and boasts that his uncle "was an advisor to Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell." You may recall that Blackwell, in addition to helping to disenfranchise Black Ohio voters in the 2004 presidential campaign, has ranted against the "homosexual lifestyle" and once infamously compared gays to "arsonists and kleptomaniacs."