CORRECTION: All major candidates for Dallas mayor vied for LGBT vote in 2002

In my cover story for this week’s paper, I made a minor mistake. Actually it was fairly major. The opening paragraph of the story, as originally written, stated that 2011 marks the first time in history that all major candidates for Dallas mayor have actively courted the LGBT vote.

As former DV staff writer David Webb pointed out in the comments to the story, that’s not true. In 2002, Laura Miller, Tom Dunning and Domingo Garcia — the three major candidates for mayor — all courted the LGBT vote.

From The Dallas Mornings News on Jan. 15, 2002:

Dallas gays and lesbians, who used to hope that they could just find a candidate who wouldn’t be hostile to their interests, find themselves for the first time being wooed from all directions in what boils down to a three-way citywide race – and disagreeing about whom to support.

“It’s the first time I haven’t had to go vote for the lesser of two evils,” said Deb Elder, a Laura Miller supporter and political organizer. “Nothing has piqued my passion like this mayoral vote.”

Put another way, with major candidates Ms. Miller, Tom Dunning, and Domingo Garcia all touting their support for including gays in a nondiscrimination ordinance, a sector of voters that was shunned not long ago can’t lose this time around.

“It’s historic. I knew it would happen, but I didn’t know it would be this soon,” said Michael Milliken, one of the city’s first publicly identified gay appointees. “The gay community is in a unique position this year.”

I had based my report on statements by openly gay former City Councilman Ed Oakley, who called the 2011 mayoral election “a watershed moment for the community” and “unprecedented.”

While that may be true in some other respects, this isn’t the first time all major mayoral candidates have sought the LGBT vote, and I apologize for the error.

—  John Wright

We have to apologize to NH’s Cornerstone Policy Research

Twice now, we’ve told you that New Hampshire’s chief lobby group for repealing marriage equality in the state, Cornerstone Policy Research (a major NOM affiliate), is pushing four different groups that are seeking to “cure” or “change” or gays. But now, we have a little bit of egg on our face, and need to send a sincere “sorry” to CPR.

So we’re just gonna rip off the Band-Aid and come right out and admit it: Our information was, in fact, wrong. Because ya see, It turns out that CPR is not pushing four groups that focus on stopping parts of gays’ bodies other than their ring fingers. No, no — they are actually PUSHING FIVE OF THEM:

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CPR’s “Helpful Links” page

We brain farted on Courage, not realizing this was that Catholic group based in Connecticut that tells gays they should develop “an interior life of chastity” so that “one can move beyond the confines of the homosexual identity to a more complete one in Christ.” In short: This group tells gays they should forgo love and affection, since they were born too broken to ever really experience it in a way the Catholic Church will accept. Here’s Courage Director Fr. Paul Check with more on his work:

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[SOURCE: Catholic Answers Live, 12/3/10]

*Listen to full interview here.

“Who you are” is either active and wrong, or de-sexualized and okay with the church. In a nutshell, that’s Courage (big c).

So yeah, please accept our apologizes, Cornerstone folks. It turns out you, the group that’s leading the charge to rollback *CIVIL* marriage equality in the “Live Free Or Die State,” are actually using a whopping five different faith-based groups to support not only your marriage cause, but also the much deeper, much more science-flouting drive to tell gay people they are junk in need of repair. We promise not to again misrepresent your stance.




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Groups Demand DeMint Apologize

Jim DeMint x390 (getty) | ADVOCATE.COMSeveral women’s and gay rights groups called on U.S. senator Jim DeMint to
apologize for his reassertion last week that gay people and unmarried
pregnant women should not be allowed to teach in schools.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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Saxby Chambliss Calls Blogger To Apologize For Freshly Fired Staffer’s Anti-Gay Comment

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This is a pleasant surprise: Sen. Saxby Chambliss personally called blogger Joe Jervis to apologize for an anti-gay message one of his staffers left on his site, Joe My God.

Though Joe wasn't taping the conversation, he offered this paraphrase of the Senator's remarks:

Joe, I don't know if you're Republican or Democrat, liberal or conservative, but none of that should matter. Because what was said on your blog by someone from my office is just not acceptable, no matter who is saying it and who it's being said to. I just want to offer my sincerest apologies.

The Republican Senator from Georgia also insisted that the delay in finding the culprit was simply a matter of due diligence, but assured Jervis the staffer has been sacked. 

Chambliss' office also sent out a press release on the matter, which I've included AFTER THE JUMP

"The office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms has concluded its investigation, and I responded to that report immediately with the removal of a member of my staff. I commend the Sergeant at Arms, Terrance Gainer, and his staff for their very thorough and professional work.

"I have called Mr. Jervis, the blog’s author, and apologized to him personally, and I am sorry for the hurt this incident has caused. Regardless of one’s position on issues and policies, such comments are simply unacceptable, are not befitting those who work in the U.S. Senate, and I will not tolerate them from my staff."


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—  John Wright

Dan Hampton Will Apologize Over Brokeback Comment to Keep Advertisers From Fleeing Football Show

Pro Football Weekly host Dan Hampton will apologize for his Brokeback Mountain comment about the Dallas Cowboys, which follows Monday's apology over his Hurricane Katrina comment about the New Orleans Saints. Then God will apologize for letting this guy on television.

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