Oh Mary!: LCR Demand Apology Over Gay Slur
Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) are calling on a Democratic congressman to remove and apologize for an opinion piece on his campaign website that used the term "Mary" in reference to his gay opponent, Republican Carl DeMaio.
In a piece written by Scott Peters, originally posted on AmericaBlog denouncing DeMaio for crying foul for the lack of support his campaign has received from LGBT groups, Peters said:
San Diego’s gay Republican city council member, Carl DeMaio, can’t figure out why the religious right, who he tacitly sides with on the culture wars, is more supportive of him than gays, whose civil rights he refuses to promote in office.
DeMaio is now running for Congress.
"I’ve found more tolerance, acceptance and inclusion from social conservative groups who have to reconcile that I’m a Republican who happens to be gay... versus the intolerance the LGBT leaders see me as a gay man who happens to be a Republican," DeMaio said.
Oh Mary, it’s so hard to be you.
"There is no doubt that if the roles were reversed and a straight Republican congressman promoted content on his website calling his gay Democratic opponent a ’Mary,’ there would be no end to the outrage from the left," said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo. "Of course, when a Democrat does it, no one raises an eyebrow-but we’re not going to let this slide."
A statement released by LCR Tuesdays states:
Peters was one of the co-sponsors of the Student Non-Discrimination Act "to protect against bullying or discrimination based on sexual orientation," reads a June 20, 2013 op-ed he penned in the U-T San Diego. Yet Peters himself is acting as a bully in promoting an article using pejorative gay slurs on his website’s front page.
"All we’re asking for is consistency," Angelo added. "For someone who allegedly is concerned about equality and fair treatment of all, it’s hypocritical that Peters is participating in the behavior that he claims to despise. The wild inaccuracies and untruths about Carl DeMaio in the story Congressman Peters featured on his campaign homepage are bad enough, but giving tacit approval to using words like ’Mary’ to refer to gay people in political discourse is beyond the pale."
The Daily Beast points out that DeMaio’s friction with California LGBT groups dates back to 2008 when during his failed candidacy for mayor, he refused to take a public position on Proposition 8.
"I was working on the Prop 8 campaign and called Carl to ask him to publicly oppose Prop 8. He told me he wouldn’t do that because it would hurt him in his city council race," said Fred Sainz, Vice President of Communications and Marketing at the Human Rights Campaign.
Sainz said DeMaio’s refusal to vocally oppose Prop 8 "speaks to his character and judgment... It was not a principled moment for him, which makes you wonder how many tradeoffs he makes every day if a position is not in his best political interest."
The Daily Beast further reports that a June 2013 10News poll showed DeMaio leading Rep. Peters by nearly ten points. To help close the gap, DeMaio is employing an unusual tactic: the openly gay candidate is trumpeting how much the LGBT groups hate him.
For now, LCR is calling on the Peters campaign for an apology.
"Congressman Peters needs to remove this story from his website at once, and issue a formal apology to Mr. DeMaio." Angelo stated. "If not, he needs to stand by the language he is promoting and tell voters in California’s 52nd District if he believes all gay men are ’Marys.’"