Anti-gay Virginia politics have once again reached the national media — this time in the form of a shout-out from ThinkProgress. The progressive news outlet recently featured Senator George Allen as the sixth in a series on anti-LGBTQ Senate candidates.
Teeing off with a reminder of Allen’s 2006 racist folly regarding an Indian-American campaign tracker, ThinkProgress author Josh Israel reminds us that Allen has never once supported nor respected queer folks. In fact, he sees rather happy to announce that bigoted anti-gay policy is a cornerstone of his Senatorial campaign. After all, under the “Virginia Values” section of his webpage ‘marriage’ is listed before headings on education, the 10th amendment and federalism, 2nd amendment rights, as well as economic freedoms.
Indeed, Allen publicly announced in 1994 that Virginia’s Crimes Against Nature law should remain in effect — an ordinance which criminalized same-sex relations.
Since then, Allen campaigned against civil unions, including protections for LGBTQ folks in hate crimes legislation, as well as the right of queer partners to adopt and raise children. He opposed repealing “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” as well as the ability of the Virginia Housing Development Authority to offer low-income home loans to LGBTQ couples.
Allen’s political biography reads as a comprehensive example to aspiring anti-gay politicians. His opposition to legislation which recognizes the basic humanity of queer people is extensive, well-documented, and prided within his campaign. The consistency which he defends the purity of his beliefs would almost appear commendable — that is, if it wasn’t based on a primal and irrational opposition to equal treatment under the law.
As we approach this November’s crucial Virginia Senate race, I challenge our own Log Cabin Republicans to offer an argument for Allen’s election. It seems to me as though the only ways to support Allen as a queer Virginian would be to a) never research his stance on LGBTQ people or b) blissfully ignore Allen’s hateful rhetoric in favor of his stance on other policy areas in the hope of eventual tolerance [not, mind you, respect].