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21-Year-Old Gay 'Conservative Republican' Runs For Idaho State Legislature: VIDEO

GelsominoIdaho's District 18 has a first on its hands. Dom Gelsomino, a Republican candidate for the district's state legislature seat, also happens to be openly gay. However, he hopes that if elected, people will recognize that as a self-described "conservative Republican" he is in the legislature to do a job and to vote, not to tout his personal life.

ABC 6 reports:

With gay rights as one of the hottest issues at the Idaho Statehouse many have viewed the issue as partisan - that “adding the words” went down party lines. Gelsomino says not if he's elected.

“I would support 'Add The Words' where religious institutions, organizations and businesses would be exempt, as would be the federal and state-owned businesses, buildings or organizations," he says.

His opponent, Democrat Representative Phylis King is the co-sponsor of the current 'Add The Words' bill and she tells On Your Side she's not concerned with Gelsomino's sexual orientation.

“I think that's his business,” says King. “What I want him to do if he wins is to be a really good legislator and to work as hard as I do."


"Despite my personal life, it's how I will vote that's going to matter," he says.

What do you think about Gelsomino's ambitions? 

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  1. Bless his little heart.

    Posted by: WildGift | Mar 12, 2014 7:47:24 PM

  2. Just another Uncle Tom.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 12, 2014 7:48:16 PM

  3. Just another Uncle Tom.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 12, 2014 7:48:16 PM

  4. Why would you support a candidate who is for "add the words" but wants to provide so many exemptions that just about anyone who wanted equality in the state could be refused that very equality? I understand exemptions for religious institutions, but certainly not the ones he espouses for businesses and all levels of state government. That's almost worse than Arizona's "Jim Crowe" law in its breadth and scope. Sorry, but I hope Phylis King wins, if that is truly his position on the issue.

    Posted by: Keith | Mar 12, 2014 7:49:28 PM

  5. So he would vote against himself like the Hawaii lesbian senator? Just another self-loathing Uncle Tom. He has a bright future as Paula Deen's publicist.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Mar 12, 2014 7:55:11 PM

  6. He's a Vichy gay.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Mar 12, 2014 7:58:59 PM

  7. SAD

    Posted by: eno | Mar 12, 2014 7:59:42 PM

  8. There is a difference between being gay and just parroting what your parents teach you.

    Posted by: snork | Mar 12, 2014 8:00:52 PM

  9. Being gay isn't your "personal life". Ugh, what a maroon.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Mar 12, 2014 8:02:50 PM

  10. Get bent. Worthless, spineless, testicularly challenged Uncle Tom.

    Posted by: whitneyisadude | Mar 12, 2014 8:05:59 PM

  11. Prime example of why you never vote identity politics.

    'Add the words' (SO/GI) would be utterly useless with all that he has exempted.

    The disconnect. Proud to be a conservative. Supporting anti-discrimination inclusion that is meaningless. Who does he credit with making it possible for him to be a proud openly gay man?

    Posted by: BOOM! | Mar 12, 2014 8:09:05 PM

  12. what is more heinous: the republican economic policies or their hatred of gays? close call.

    Posted by: freak | Mar 12, 2014 8:14:07 PM

  13. Two words:

    S T O C K H O L M
    S Y N D R O M E

    Posted by: Tuned | Mar 12, 2014 8:20:44 PM

  14. He is what you call one of them self-hating gays.

    Posted by: Tone | Mar 12, 2014 8:25:09 PM

  15. He's only 21.. probably lives at home and still doesn't understand why those "4 words" are important. No state has those kinds of exemptions to their non-discrimination statutes...partly because selecting gay people for those types of exemptions (especially exempting state agencies) would be unconstitutional. Hopefully with experience and time this kid comes to understand what kind of real impact laws have and what kind of party his conservative brethren really have

    Posted by: Dana | Mar 12, 2014 8:27:26 PM

  16. Let it never be said all minorities will learn to vote in their own self interest. The political system is never kind to the the smaller voices, but then to have those voices work against their own progress is idiocy.

    Posted by: epic | Mar 12, 2014 8:28:23 PM

  17. Gay Republicans and conservatives are psychos. I know, I hated one. NUTS.

    Posted by: Kenny | Mar 12, 2014 8:37:44 PM

  18. Dated

    Posted by: Kenny | Mar 12, 2014 8:37:53 PM

  19. Quisling. I would never vote for a Conservative, Republican, Democrat, gay or otherwise.

    Posted by: Bob R | Mar 12, 2014 8:41:35 PM

  20. Young, unworldly, naive and DELUSIONAL!

    Posted by: ToThePoint | Mar 12, 2014 8:44:29 PM

  21. He will support "Add the Words" law as long as absolutely NO ONE will be required to abide by it.

    What a typical, self-loathing Republican punk.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 12, 2014 8:46:05 PM

  22. He does not speak for youth! I know what gay youth stand for because I am young! Even though I am approaching middle age and I now completely shave my head in order to conceal my advanced male pattern baldness!

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 12, 2014 8:46:54 PM

  23. I live in the adjacent district, 17. This block of districts (16-19) is an island of democrats in a sea of Republicans. Hopefully that will be enough to spank his ass and send him home.

    Posted by: Adam | Mar 12, 2014 8:49:05 PM

  24. So despite being a gay white man, he'll vote like a straight white man. Awesome. One day he'll wake up.

    Posted by: Robert | Mar 12, 2014 8:58:12 PM

  25. Wait--is there any category that DOESN'T get an exemption? Private AND public AND religious organizations.... what's left?

    Posted by: rdm | Mar 12, 2014 8:59:01 PM

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