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    December 20, 2007

    GNW 5: Good week for gay pols

    Posted by: Chris

    Here are the Top 5 most popular stories on Gay News Watch over the last 24 hours. Remember you can also view the most popular stories of the last week or month, as well as the biggest stories of the last 24 hours, week or month.

    1. Gay candidate wins Fort Worth city council runoff"Gay candidate wins Fort Worth city council runoff": QUICK LOOK: Joel Burns defeated Juan Rangel for the District 9 Fort Worth City Council seat. This was the first race for Burns, who becomes the first openly gay Fort Worth City... (MORE)
    2. Edwards vows to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act"Edwards vows to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act": QUICK LOOK: (*WARNING*: anti-gay source): John Edwards said yesterday that if elected president, he would try to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, signed in 1996 by President Clinton,... (MORE)
    3. Lesbian loses to man on Tila Tequila's dating show"Lesbian loses to man on Tila Tequila's dating show": QUICK LOOK: Dani Campbell, a 29-year-old lesbian firefighter for Deerfield Beach, Fla., lost her bid for "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila" last night. Tequila — whose real last... (MORE)
    4. Gay cop targeted in NYPD sting fired, loses pension"Gay cop targeted in NYPD sting fired, loses pension": QUICK LOOK: A gay cop stung by an undercover detective posing as a potential lover was fired after refusing to drop a lawsuit and rejecting a medical board's approval of a disability... (MORE)
    5. Being gay isn't hindering Colo. congressional hopeful"Being gay isn't hindering Colo. congressional hopeful": QUICK LOOK: Jared Polis, campaigning as the first openly gay candidate for Congress from Colorado, can't wait to take his partner to a delegation dinner in Washington, D.C. The Boulder... (MORE)

    The news from Colorado on Jared Polis shows how the media can report the same basic facts -- that Polis isn't facing homophobia but also hasn't locked up all the gay support you'd expect -- and see the glass half-full, as the Denver Post did in its story, or half-empty as the Rocky Mountain News did in its article.

    Still the more I learn about Polis, the less attractive he is as a candidate. Here he is actually "offended" that heterosexual politicians -- like his chief rival former state Senate prez Joan Fitz-Gerald -- are courting the gay vote:

    Polis is annoyed at what he sees as attempts by his opponents to look as gay-friendly as he is.

    "It's insulting when somebody who is not a member of our community feels like they have a great understanding of what it's like to grow up gay in this country," he said. "These are all personal issues for me. I do intend to have kids and have a family."

    It's one thing to make the case that gay candidates represent gay issues in a way even gay-friendly heterosexuals cannot -- which is true, although the converse is as well. It's quite another to be "insulted" by gay-friendly heterosexuals competing for gay votes against a gay opponent.

    And considering Polis actually opposed the gay-only Employment Non-Discrimination Act pushed by Barney Frank, his straight opponent may actually be better than him on gay rights as well.

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    1. Monster Beats Sale on Nov 26, 2011 3:15:11 AM:

      his straight opponent may actually be better than him on gay rights as well.

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