Wash. Post blasts homophobic State Senate candidate

There’s a special election in Northern Virginia next week to fill a vacant State Senate seat. Today, the Washington Post endorsed the Democrat, Dave Marsden. And, the Post blasted the Republican, Stephen Hunt:

The other candidate, Stephen Hunt, a Republican, served a single term on the Fairfax County School Board; unusually for an incumbent, he failed to win reelection. Although he was hardworking, his tenure is remembered mainly for his being unanimously censured by his colleagues after he sent a letter to high school principals denouncing homosexuality as a “very destructive lifestyle” and urging them to expose students to former gays and lesbians who had rejected homosexuality. He also used the school board’s dais as a platform from which to deliver a broadcast soliloquy about his regrets in losing his virginity before marriage. As the kids might say: Too much information.

Mr. Hunt’s sin wasn’t mouthing the usual platitudes of socially conservative orthodoxy; it’s his consistently bad judgment.

Special elections usually have very low turnout. No doubt, the homophobe Hunt has a following in Fairfax County. If you know anyone who lives in District 37, make sure they vote. The state capitol in Richmond already has enough anti-gay voices, including the new Governor, Bob McDonnell.

Marsden’s website is here.


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