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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-28-08 11:24 AM
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98. Further evidence shows that the "gay baiting" charge was a completely bogus
charge against Kaine when he ran against the homophobic Kilgore who ran extensive ads against Kaine's "pro-gay" stands. Kaine took out the most homophobic politician in Virginia.

From the Washington Blade

Gay Groups Cheer VA Elections

Lt. Gov. Tim Kaine, a Democrat, solidly defeated Republican Jerry Kilgore 52 to 46 percent. Both candidates oppose gay marriage and civil unions, but Kaine backs workplace protection for gays and opposed the Marriage Affirmation Act, one of the countrys most strident laws stripping gay couples of legal protections.

Jerry Kilgore ran a campaign that included gay bashing, immigrant bashing, and bashing Tim Kaine for his religious beliefs as a Catholic, said Josh Israel, president of the Virginia Partisans Gay & Lesbian Democratic Club. His defeat is a sign that the politics of division are not the way to go.


During the campaign, the Kilgore campaign ran ads saying that Kaine supported gay adoption. Kaines position is that the current law which says the best interest of the child is the primary consideration, and allows single people and married couples to adopt strikes the right balance, of the Kaine campaign.

As state attorney general, Kilgore said the Fairfax School Board did not have the authority to include sexual orientation discrimination in its non-discrimination policy.

But Kilgores supporters said it was Kaines campaign that engaged in gay-baiting, running a radio ad called Weak that suggested Kilgore is too weak to lead Virginia and says, Jerry Kilgore is not being straight.

This ad came on the heels of an anti-Kilgore Web site that encouraged visitors to listen to an audio clip and hear Jerry quack. Some believe that this is an attempt to draw attention to Kilgores voice, which was described as gay-sounding.

A highly publicized discussion of whether Kaine is making fun of Kilgores rural accent, is actually about whether Kaine is making fun of Kilgores effeminate voice, Kilgore backers claimed.

An election eve appearance by President Bush seems not to have energized voters for Kilgore and may have instead motivated Kaines supporters.

Israel said that for the last three years, Kilgore has been the single biggest obstacle to gay and lesbian equality in Virginia.

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