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VOLUME ±9 . ISSUE 9
SEPTEMBER II . 2004-
GOP shows its true colors at '04 convention
GOP gay group livid; VP's lesbian
daughter nowhere to be found
NEW YORK — The big gay story of the
Republican National Convention, held in
New York City Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, was the gay
Log Cabin Republicans’ new get-tough
approach to the Republican Party.
Log Cabin declared that the GOP has been
“hijacked” by “the radical right" and repeat
edly threatened to withhold its endorsement
of George W. Bush’s re-election effort.
The group is upset primarily abput
Bush’s outspoken support for amending the
U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage
and about the GOP platform’s denunciations
of civil unions and domestic-partner benefits.
“For too long we have watched while the
radical right hijacked our party,” said Log
Cabin Executive Director Patrick Guerriero.
“And for too long we have been asked to be
loyal foot soldiers on election day and asked
to remain silent. This party platform is so
outrageous and insulting to some of us, that
some of us have to call our own party on it.
“If we don’t do it, nobody will. And if we
don’t do it now, we’ll be back in four years at
a convention with language that’s even
worse,” he said.
Log Cabin’s strong language — and its
new TV ad featuring Ronald Reagan — drew
heavy media coverage, in the ad, Reagan
says, “Whatever else history may say about
me when I’m gone, I hope it will record that I
appealed to your best hopes, not your worst
CNN refused to air the ad, calling it
“too controversial.” The ad shows
photos of preacher Jerry Falwell,
writer-activist Pat Buchanan and U.S.
Sen. Rick Santorum. and implies they
“divide the American family with the
politics of intolerance and fear that
only lead to hate.” It also shows the
Rev. Fred Phelps holding a “God Hates
Guerriero called it a “fight for the
heart and soul of the Republican
There were at least 26 openly gay
and lesbian delegates to the conven
tion. That compares with 19 in 2000,
six in 1996 and two in 1992. About
255 GLBT delegates attended this
year’s Democratic Convention in
Bush sticks to script
President Bush did nothing to
redeem himself among gay Republicans
when he accepted the party’s nomination the
“Because the union of a man and woman
deserves an honored place in our society, I
support the protection of marriage against
activist judges. And I will cwitinue to appoint
federal judges who know the difference
between personal opinion and the strict
George W. Bush: 'If you voted against the bipartisan
Defense of Marriage Act ... you are not the
candidate of conservative values.'
interpretation of the law,” he said.
“My opponent recently announced that
he’s the candidate of ‘conservative values,’
which must have come as a surprise to a
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Charlie Smith stumps for seat
in S.C. House
Sexual orientation not a factor in campaign thus far
by David Stout
Charleston realtor Charlie Smith is on a mission to get elected to the S.C. House of
Representatives and he’s busting his butt to make it happen. “I’m raising $100,000 and
knocking on 3,500 doors by the Nov. 2 election,” he tells Q-Nofes.
Smith, a 44-year-old Democrat, is vying for the District 119 seat currently held by
Republican John Graham Altman 111.
The district covers about half of the
West Ashley suburb of Charleston,
Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, about
half of Johns Island and the Riverland
Terrace section of James Island. Neither-
candidate was opposed in their respec
Altman, a three-term incumbent,
defeated Smith for the same seat two
, years ago claiming 59 percent of the
vote. Smith says that seeds sown in the
first race are being harvested in this
“One thing I’ve got going in my
favor is the fact that no one who has
ever run against John Graham Altman
Charlie Smith: 'I think voters are fed op with
government by mean-spirited, selfish people.'
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N.C. man sues
Wake County resident Chris Harbinson says
the use of this photo caused him to suffer
Outsports.com is being sued by a North
Carolina man who said the website defamed him
by running his picture in a photo gallery from the
2004 Los Angeles Marathon. Outsports is contest
ing the suit.
• The suit was filed in North Carolina Superior
Court in July by Chris Harbinson, a resident of
Wake County, N.C. The suit is seeking damages in
excess of $10,000, along with punitive damages
and legal fees.
The photo in question was one of 150 photos
from the race and contained no caption or identi
fication. In his suit, Harbinson says he’s not gay
and that the use of the picture was libelous.
On March 7, Harbinson was photographed
stretching prior to the start of the Marathon by
Outsports photographer Brent Mullins, who was
credentialed to shoot the event. On March 22,
Outsports ran Harbinson’s photo as part of a the
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