The District of Columbia's all-important Democratic Primary will be held on Tuesday, September 14th. The Washington Post has decided to give its nod to the National Organization for Marriage-backed Delano Hunter, who is mailing these gay-baiting adverts to constituents slamming incumbent Harry Thomas, who supported D.C.'s marriage equality bill.
Both Mr. Hunter, a community organizer with Brookland Manor, and Mr. McDuffie, a lawyer who worked in the Justice Department civil rights division, are better alternatives. We give the edge to Mr. Hunter, an engaging newcomer who is running a grass-roots campaign. He has an intimate knowledge of the needs of the ward and has smart ideas on how to tackle issues such as truancy and joblessness. Mr. Hunter is not a supporter of marriage equality, but he is not the homophobe his critics make him out to be, but rather someone who thinks there is a way to provide equality for gays while respecting the beliefs of religious groups. He said he would not seek to change the law.
Delano Huntrer's mailer reads: "Thousands of dollars from homosexual activists outside Ward 5 are attacking Delano Hunter because he supports our right to vote on whether the District legalizes 'gay marriage'" and it illustrates a river of cash flowing from New York City and San Francisco into the Ward 5.
Jeffrey Richardson, President of DC's Gertrude Stein Club, says:
In my mind this endorsement was not only an endorsement of Mr. Hunter, but it was a slap in the face to the DC LGBT community and an endorsement of those who oppose marriage equality and who are actively working to divide our city over the issue. Mr. Hunter cannot take money from the National Organization for Marriage and participate in their campaign organizing efforts; taking the stance that he is fighting the "Gay Agenda and trying to keep San Francisco and New York values out of DC" and not be considered a homophobe.
Joe Sudbay at AMERICABlog: "It's stunning that the Washington Post had the audacity to tell us Hunter 'is not the homophobe his critics make him out to be.' I'm judging Hunter by the company he keeps."