Ugh! This is so awful!
While praising a Republican Colorado lawmaker for voting against civil unions, a campaign manager outted the politician's gay son in an email forwarded to her supporters.
Although State Rep. Marsha Looper's campaign manager, Lana Fore-Warkocz, did not write the email, she still didn't bother to think that maybe her boss' family shouldn't be discussed.
The message was forwarded to supporters in an effort to highlight her opposition to a civil union bill during a May 8 committee vote. In reference to her vote against the bill, the email read, "God is truly to be praised for Marsha Looper because she also has a homosexual son."
After receiving the email that repeatedly writes, "Praise God!" Looper told sources she was "very, very disappointed" that her son's sexuality was mentioned. "I love my son," she said. "I always will. He has said, 'Mom, I want my privacy.'"
In an official statement, she explained the inappropriateness of the email by saying:
"I am disappointed that my campaign manager forwarded an email that would include any member of my family in policy discussions. My opinions, financials and policies are appropriate discussions for the campaign, however my family members' personal lives are not a legitimate avenue for my campaign, or any other campaign to discuss."
While it's certainly sad to see the mother of a gay child not support equality for the LGBT community, it's even sadder to see her campaign team use his sexuality to make a political statement.
We're also disappointed to see how many times a particular set of religious beliefs was referenced when discussing political policy for the ENTIRE state. We wish separation of church and state would be upheld in the political arena because we're getting pretty tired of politicians citing their personal religious beliefs as a reason to oppress others who don't share the same view.
If somebody can't differentiate between religion and politics, then they shouldn't be involved in either.
Just like the state can't tell you what religion to follow or God to believe in, the state
can't SHOULDN'T be able to tell you who you can or can't marry based on religious principles. It's that simple, folks. Freedom of religion should also mean we're free from regulation inspired by ANY religion.