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03/01/2010

What, because Public Option Stifler was too busy to run?

by Jeremy Hooper

During the ongoing healthcare debate, "bill halter" could easily be a nickname applied to Blue Dog Democratic Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR). Now, in a supremely ironic turn of events, it becomes the literal name of the man who hopes to unseat Lincoln:

Blanche Lincoln has a primary opponent: Lt. Gov. Bill Halter [AmericaBlog]

So why should LGBT people care about this? Well, because Lt. Gov. Halter, a progressive, has been a vocal supporter of our community. He opposed Arkansas' marriage amendment in 2004. Then in 2008, he became a strong opponent of the state's hurtful (and eventually passed) Act 1, which was largely designed to keep gay couples from adopting:

Meanwhile, Lincoln only holds a 70% on the HRC's latest Congressional scorecard, and raised major eyebrows recently when she used the term "special rights" when writing to a constituent on the subject of the Employment NonDiscrimination Act.

Primary day is May 18. Two months to tell us how much you love us, Mr. Halter. Two months to explain why, exactly, our basic fairness is subject to far-right code wording, Sen. Lincoln

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