Former San Diego councilman Carl DeMaio, now a Republican candidate for Congress, is making headlines for a brief segment of a new campaign ad which features his partner, Johnathan Hale, as the couple marches in a Gay Pride parade, the Wall Street Journal reports:
Several GOP campaign officials and Elizabeth Wilner, who tracks campaign ads for the nonpartisan firm Kantar Media, said it was the first time they knew of a candidate of either party airing an ad featuring a gay partner. The implications are deep for a Republican Party whose platform defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman at a time when same-sex marriage is becoming more broadly accepted.
"This is who I am," Mr. DeMaio said in an interview. "It's something that's important to me. I want to embrace equality, and feel like the party should, too."
NOM is a foe of DeMaio and plans to run ads against him before the June 3 primary.
The WSJ adds:
He is one of the party's top challengers this year as it tries to unseat Democratic Rep. Scott Peters. Although other Republicans are running for the seat, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) has given Mr. DeMaio $10,000, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) contributed $5,000. Conservative Georgia Rep. Tom Price kicked in $1,000.
Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...
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Dale Hansen, the weeknight sports anchor on Dallas-Fort Worth's WFAA, had something to say to the anonymous NFL execs that were quoted in Sports Ilustrated's shamefully-executed follow-up to the Michael Sam news.
Said Hansen in a special 'unplugged' commentary:
You beat a woman and drag her down a flight of stairs, pulling her hair out by the roots? You're the fourth guy taken in the NFL draft.
You kill people while driving drunk? That guy's welcome.
Players caught in hotel rooms with illegal drugs and prostitutes? We know they're welcome.
Players accused of rape and pay the woman to go away?
You lie to police trying to cover up a murder? We're comfortable with that.
You love another man? Well, now you've gone too far!
Watch Hansen let 'em have it, AFTER THE JUMP...
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U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia heard arguments this morning in San Antonio in a lawsuit challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage but did not immediately rule, Lone Star Q reports:
“Counselors have made some excellent arguments on both sides,” Garcia said inside a packed courtroom at the federal courthouse in San Antonio at the conclusion of the hearing.
Outside the courthouse moments later, the two same-sex couples who are plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit challenging the marriage bans — Cleopatra DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Mark Phariss and Victor Holmes — addressed the media.
“I think it’s interesting that the state points out that the voters approved a constitutional ban in 2005,” Phariss said. “The voters also throughout the entire nation approved approved a constitutional amendment, the 14th, in 1868, that provides for equal protection under the law. And that provision in the U.S. Constitution trumps anything that Texas does.”
Garcia said a ruling "will be forthcoming at some time."
John Wright at Lone Star Q plans to have some analysis of the arguments up later.