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Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie Says Support for Marriage Equality Cost Him His Reelection Bid

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who recently lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary to state Sen. David Ige, told reporters this week that it was his decision to call a special session last year to legalize marriage equality that ultimately led to his re-election bid defeat. 

The AP reports:

Abercrombie"Republicans crossed over en masse to vote in the Democratic primary, and then the religious factor came in," Abercrombie said. "Doctrinally I was outside the circle and paid for it." He argued that voters were urged to choose his opponent by their religious leaders.

Abercrombie, who spoke to reporters in his office, lost to Ige by a stunning 2-1 margin, the first time a Democratic governor has been unseated in a Hawaii primary.

But Abercrombie said losing was worth it to pass a law legalizing gay marriage.

"There's no way I could live with myself if I thought I was diminishing another human being's ability to reach their full capacity," Abercrombie said.

Executive director of the Hawaii Catholic Conference Walter Yoshimitsu said that he was unaware of any religious leaders urging voters to cross party lines and vote against Abercrombie in the primary. He did add though that many people were upset with Abercrombie's special session last year. 

"We couldn't have figured out what the urgency was," Yoshimitsu said. "If he had dealt with it in the regular session, there would have been more time."

Sometimes it's hard for the heterosexual Christians to see the "urgency" in the push for equal rights, ya know?


Evangelical Hatemonger Scott Lively Qualifies For November Ballot As Independent: VIDEO

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The Boston Globe is reporting that evangelical hatemonger Scott Lively has gathered the necessary signatures to qualify for the November ballot as an independent candidate for governor. 

The Secretary of the Commonwealth's office confirmed Wednesday that Lively's campaign submitted 11,494 valid signatures, far above the 10,000 needed to secure ballot access as an independent this fall.

Lively joins the future Republican and Democratic nominees as well as independent candidate Evan Falchuk as candidates certified for the November ballot.

Back in March, Britain's Channel 4 looked at Lively's involvement with Uganda's anti-gay law and his long-shot candidacy in Massachusetts. You can check out that video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Neil Abercrombie, Hawaiian Governor Who Led State's Marriage Equality Push, Loses Reelection Bid

AbercrombieNeil Abercrombie, the Hawaiian governor who successfully led his state's efforts to pass marriage equality legislation last year, has lost his bid for a second term, the AP reports.

State Sen. David Ige, once seen as an underdog, cruised to a decisive 35 percentage point win in Saturday's primary after being dramatically outspent by Abercrombie, who also had high-profile endorsements including President Barack Obama. Ige said his win "proves that people power can be money power, especially in Hawaii." [...]

Abercrombie is the first Hawaii governor to lose to a primary challenger and only the second not to win re-election. His defeat comes after Obama last month cut a radio ad for Abercrombie, invoking the Hawaiian word for family to tell voters in his native state that Abercrombie is "like ohana to me."

The AP adds that Abercrombie's confrontational style and proposal to raise taxes last year contributed to his defeat.

Ige voted in favor of the marriage equality bill last year. 


Stacey Campfield, Tennessee Lawmaker Behind 'Don't Say Gay' Bill, Defeated in Reelection Bid

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Stacey Campfield, the virulently anti-gay Tennessee state senator who authored the "Don't Say Gay" bill forbidding discussion of homosexuality in schools, has been defeated in his bid for a second term. 

The Tennessean reports:

Campfield, a mainstay at the legislature since being elected to the House in 2004, finished with 5,824 votes, just 28 percent of the overall vote, compared to 13,977 votes, 67 percent, for Richard Briggs, a Knox County commissioner. [...]

Memorable comments and moments included: unsuccessfully attempting to join the Tennessee legislature's Black Caucus; blaming AIDS on a gay airline pilot having sex with monkeys and saying the disease is "virtually impossible" to contract during heterosexual intercourse; and, most recently, posting on his blog that "Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for 'train rides' for Jews in the 40s."


Anti-Gay Activist Gary Glenn Wins GOP Primary in Michigan House Race

GlennGary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, has won a GOP primary for a seat in the Michigan state House this week, Right Wing Watch reports:

Glenn was a prominent supporter of Michigan’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and was a big backer of his “very special friend” Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential bid. As the head of the American Family Association’s Michigan affiliate, Glenn has pushed any number of extreme anti-gay positions.

Among those anti-gay positions:

  • Wants states to be able to recriminalize homosexuality: “[W]e believe that states should be free to regulate and prohibit behavior that’s a violation of community standards and a proven threat to public health and safety — including, as most of the United States did throughout its history, homosexual behavior.”
  • Warned that companies should be wary of hiring LGBT people.
  • Wanted public schools to ban Gay Straight Alliances because they promote “homosexual propaganda” and “risky behavior.”
  • Called anti-bullying measures the “Trojan horse” of “homosexual activists.”
  • Was a plaintiff in a lawsuit to stop the 2009 federal hate crimes law by falsely claiming it would criminalize the Bible.

Glenn will face off against Democrat Joan Brausch in November for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Jim Stamas (R). 


Demon-Obsessed Anti-Gay Nut Gordon Klingenschmitt Wins GOP Primary in Colorado House Race

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Gordon Klingenschmitt, the former Navy chaplain who has made a career out of exposing (and exorcising) the “demonic” forces behind gay marriage and LGBT rights in general, has won the GOP primary in the race for Colorado’s heavily-Republican House District 15.

The Denver Post reports Klingenschmitt beat opposing candidate Dave Williams 52.6%-47.3% in the GOP race for the seat held by retiring Rep. Mark Waller.

Wrote Klinginschmitt on Facebook:

We won! Thanks to 35 volunteers knocking on doors and YOUR grassroots donations, I am now the Republican nominee for State Rep in Colorado Springs HD15. [...]

However, we have some debt from the primary race. I just got a bill for $4,138 in printing costs and we have a few more bills outstanding, due this week.

Can you please contribute to help us repay our primary debt for this election victory? Then we can start from a clean slate to run against a common-core anti-gun Democrat in Nov.

Klingenschmitt wins. Colorado loses. 


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