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Critics of 2 Colo. Legislators’ Anti-Civil Union Votes Note Their Gay Sons

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Friday Jun 15, 2012
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Two Republican Colorado representatives say they will vote against a civil unions bill even though they both have a gay son, New York Daily News reported.

Rep. Marsha Looper, 53, a GOP incumbent in the Colorado legislature, was upset and surprised when the public learned that her son is gay. The lawmaker can thank her campaign for the information leak, as someone on her team forwarded an email to supporters that mentioned her son’s sexuality.

"God is truly to be praised for Marsha Looper because she also has a homosexual son," the email said.

The legislator claims she does not know who wrote the original email but did admit that her campaign manager was responsible for forwarding it.

"I’m very, very disappointed," Looper said in regards to the email. "These are very intimate issues. I love my son. I always will. He has said, ’Mom, I want my privacy.’"

The article notes that Looper has never "explicitly kept her son’s sexual orientation a secret and has reportedly answered about it honestly when asked."

Looper voted against the civil unions bill in committee last month but it died on the House floor.

"I am disappointed that my campaign manager forwarded an e-mail that would include any member of my family in policy discussions," Looper said in a statement. "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."

Looper’s situation mirrors that of Republican Colorado Rep. Don Coram, who also says he’ll vote down the civil unions bill despite having a gay son.

"I am the very proud father of one son, who happens to be gay," Coarm said last month before the he voted "no."

After the law died, the representative’s son, Dee Coram, received a substantial amount media attention. He told Colorado’s NBC 9News that if the bill got to the House floor his father would vote against it but that he did support the bill moving to the floor.

Rep. Don Coram said in an interview that he is against gay marriage and is more likely to support civil unions. He went on to say that he interpreted the bill as legalizing marriage because it used the word "spouse."

"I wouldn’t have had a problem with this, not at all, if this bill didn’t use the word ’spouse,’" he said. "I’ve asked the questions many times in my district: Do you support civil unions? The answer is yes. Then I ask if they support gay marriage. The answer is overwhelmingly no. This was a same-sex-marriage bill."

Back during the 2004 presidential election Dick and Lynne Cheney, who did not support marriage equality at the time, said they were outraged that John Kerry mentioned that their daughter Mary is a lesbian, Slate points out.

After the debate, Lynne called it a "cheap and tawdry political trick" but the vice president did not comment on the subject.

"That suggests to me that Cheney wasn’t outraged at all. (When John Edwards had mentioned Mary in the much nastier vice presidential debate, Cheney had thanked him ’for the kind words he said about my family and our daughter.’)," Slate writer Timothy Noah wrote.

The next morning the New York Times reported that three undecided Iowan voters said it was "unfair" that Kerry used Cheney’s daughter’s sexual orientation in the debate. That afternoon, Cheney then said he was a "pretty angry father" and said that it proved Kerry would "say and do anything in order to get elected."

Comments

  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 05:00:12

    It’s a damn good thing I’m not the significant other of either of the sons in question... Because I’d certainly be telling the un-laws what they could shove where. Then, I’d dig up the best skeleton in their pre-political past and leak it to the press.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 11:20:39

    I know that sounds harsh and spiteful, but our loved ones should stand up for us and our happiness. This is especially important when a parent is in a position of power that can initiate change to improve their children’s lives. The End.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 11:36:56

    They should be ashamed of themselves. I can kind of understand it when a person has not been around an out gay person. I cannot understand it if its my own mother! Shame on her!!!


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 11:52:16

    I’m glad my mother isnt a dumb cunt like that bitch.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 11:57:40

    The woman sights that her son "wants privacy" I guess her son also wants never to be in a recognized relationship with any legal provisions. Hmm, which one is worse, the ignorant woman who is embarassed to have a gay son, or the son who pretends to want privacy?


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 12:22:19

    So many reasons to want privacy. Sometimes the best of many options is similar to what those two individuals decided. Hopefully, it’s their choice, not one made to them.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 13:27:06

    These politicians seem to focus on their careers versus supporting their own family. Are these the type of people we want to represent us?


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 16:09:50

    No I don’t want them represent me and my Partner... Shame on both of these parents. If you can’t standup for your child... U aren’t a real parent or shouldn’t be called ones. Im speaking as a parent of to lovely daughter,Son-In-Laws and my 3 adorable grandchildren that I worship and Love with all my Heart. Even if these 2 daughter aren’t biologically mine their still my children and I helped raise them into beautiful young adults with their own family’s now....Shame on these 2 so-called parents.... SHAME ON U BOTH


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-15 18:52:15

    Well, I suppose the odds are good these sons aren’t strangers to t.v. dinners and taking a back seat to parents self-absorbed, career priorities.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-16 11:09:19

    Another El Paso County Ignoramus


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-16 11:53:47

    What a horrible mother! He must be ashamed of that nasty cruel bitch!


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-16 12:26:14

    Not surprised by these idiots. 39 now. Hoping to have equal rights before my partner and I (12 years now) make it to the nursing home.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-16 21:32:17

    It’s not religion. I am a Christian and a lesbian. I have always loved God and He loves all of us, even the ones who cannot see the evil in their hatred.


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-18 21:08:59

    I cannot understand those who pretend to love their Lesbian and Gay children, but would oppose their right to enter into a loving, faithful same-sex relationship. Are they saying they would prefer their children to live a more promiscuous life?


  • Anonymous, 2012-06-19 11:14:49

    Well, there is where the irony lies... The Christian lunatics like spouting off about how promiscuous, wanton and depraved gay people are, but they don’t won’t to allow any progress to show that we are just like them. (At least in regards to wanting the happily ever after with the white picket fence.)


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