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09/23/2010

WV Senate hopeful: Name pronounced like 'racy', equality views pronounced like 'shitty'

by Jeremy Hooper

RaeseIn statements given to the Family Policy Council of West Virginia, John Raese, a GOP nominee to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated upon late Senator Robert Byrd's death, has come out in favor of continued bias in the military as well as writing further discrimination into the U.S. Constitution:

Does Mr. Raese support repealing the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy?

Answer: “No. Those decision need to be made by the military and not by Congress.” I was also told that with the reports of how allowing open homosexuality in the military could hurt morale amongst troops, Mr. Raese thinks it unwise to repeal DADT.
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Does Mr. Raese support a Constitutional Marriage Amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman?

Answer: “Yes. He does support a Constitutional Amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman.”

BREAKING: WV Senate Candidate Reacts to DADT, Abortion Vote [WV Family Policy Council]

So he doesn't think it's right for Congress, working with the armed forces, should reconsider a policy that WAS. PUT. IN. PLACE. BY. CONGRESS?! And Raese wants to take this nation -- with its five marriage equality states plus the District of Columbia, as well as a pro-equality federal court decision that is making its way to the Supreme Court -- back to the Bush era FMA wars, something that Dubya's own wife, V.P., and RNC chair (and key 2004 election strategist) now rejects?!?

Mr. Raese may have branded his campaign around a "West Virginia common sense" motto. We just wish he wasn't using the GOP's common scapegoat to completely bely it.

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*Now, to be fair: Raese's Democratic opponent, WV Governor Joe Manchin, is not a marriage equality supporter either, and doesn't seem to have yet weighed in on DADT. However, Manchin is on record saying that he thinks a state-level constitutional marriage ban would be unnecessary, so it's at least somewhat reasonable to assume he'd be an FMA "no" vote.

We're seeking comment from Team Manchin.

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