WATCH: CNN on Sally Kern vs. Brittany Novotny

—  John Wright

Brittany Novotny fires back at Sally Kern

Brittany Novotny, the transgender candidate who’s challenging anti-gay Republican State Rep. Sally Kern in Oklahoma, has issued a statement responding to an attack last week from a Kern supporter who called Novotny a “confused it.” In the statement titled “How do we move Oklahoma forward?” Novotny notes that Kern issued a statement Sunday attempting to distance herself from the attack:

In a statement released today, Rep. Kern claims that she has “repeatedly asked [her] supporters not to use any degrading or insulting comments toward [me].” Unfortunately, the evidence indicates this is not the case. In a speech on August 7, 2010, Rep. Kern told supporters:

“And this year, in 2010 election, I have a very interesting race, I have an individual who was born a man, has had a sex change operation, and now considers themselves to be a woman. So, if you live in my district or know anyone who does, please get the word out. Because if I say anything about it, it’s gonna look like I’m smearing, and I’m not, it’s just a fact. And ‘they’ talk about it themselves. (Emphasis added).”

Does this rhetoric sound like someone asking her supporters not to use any degrading comments? Does this rhetoric sound like someone who is trying to keep the campaign about the issues facing Oklahomans?

When I announced my intention to run for this seat, Rep. Kern said she planned to keep this campaign focused on issues. As you are now aware, she has failed to keep her word on that count.

Novotny also posted the above video ad, accusing Kern of ignoring real issues to promote “her narrow social agenda” and “her own extremist interpretation of the Bible.” Ya think?

—  David Taffet

Sally Kern: We’ve had 3 major terrorist attacks, but we’re bombarded with homosexuality daily

Sally Kern

It’s been more than two years since Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern made the statement that homosexuals are a bigger threat to national security than terrorists. And Kern is still trying to explain why.

From an interview with Fox 25 in Oklahoma City, which reported recently on Kern’s race against Democratic challenger Brittany Novotny, who happens to be transgender:

When you mention the name Sally Kern, most people think of the now-infamous speech she gave two years ago, declaring homosexuals more dangerous to America than terrorists. But that is the first of many misconceptions Kern says she wants to clear up.

“Here in America we’ve had what maybe three known real big terrorist attacks on our nation,” Kern said. “But every day our young people especially, all of us, but our young people especially are in a sense bombarded with the message that homosexuality is normal and natural.”

—  David Taffet

Novotny takes on Kern’s attack on liberals

Brittany Novotny

Brittany Novotny, a transgender attorney, is challenging incumbent Sally Kern for her seat in the Oklahoma legislature. The district is in Oklahoma City.

She sent Dallas Voice a letter today taking issue with Kern’s appearance at “Wake Up, America” where Kern took a stand against liberals.

Novotny challenged Kern to deal with the state’s real issues. In the past Kern has said that gays and lesbians were a bigger threat to the country than terrorists.

Other speakers at the conference included “Rev.” Noah Hutchings, known for anti-Catholic rhetoric including calling Pope John Paul II the anti-christ. He predicted the world would end in 1987-88. It didn’t.

Another “Wake Up, America” speaker, Baptist minister Rick Scarborough, spoke “In defense of mixing church and state.”

Open Letter to Rep. Sally Kern: How About Taking on Oklahoma’s Real Problems?

Dear Rep. Kern:

One of my supporters forwarded me a speaking schedule for a conference that took place this past weekend called “Wake Up, America!”  According to the speaker schedule, on Saturday you were to present on the topic of “Taking a Stand Against Liberals.”

This led me to ponder a question.  What exactly do you see as your job as a state legislator?  Is this just a game to you?  Oklahoma is facing real issues that will affect the everyday lives of teachers, police officers, firefighters, construction workers, small business owners, and most important of all our children.

Instead of spending your weekends and your time in the legislature “taking a stand against liberals,” why aren’t you finding solutions to our budget dilemma that will keep teachers in the classroom, police officers and firefighters on the street, construction workers improving our roads and bridges, and small businesses afloat?

Legislating should not be a political game.  Real lives are affected by what goes on in the legislature.  But if you’re too busy “taking a stand against liberals” (of which there are maybe 5 in the 101 seats of the state legislature) to find real funding solutions, then apparently you believe that legislating is just a game.  As long as you’re taking a brave stand against “liberals,” then people shouldn’t worry about the fact that Putnam City Schools just laid of 40 teachers.

After examining your legislative record of the past six years, it appears that your main goal has been to institute a big brother government that looks into the private bedrooms and physician exam rooms of Oklahomans, while doing nothing to address the issues facing Oklahoma’s public schools (which you have stated are “failing our children”) or our crumbling infrastructure.  Targeted tax incentives are great for economic development; across the board tax cuts that bankrupt our public schools and deplete resources that go to public health and safety will not make Oklahoma a more attractive place to do business.

The Journal Record has already taken you to task for “damaging [Oklahoma’s] credibility and inhibiting our state’s ability to conduct business.”

This is OUR future that you’re playing with.  I’m not willing to just stand by and let your crusade against liberals ruin the future of my home, Oklahoma.  That’s why I decided to challenge you, because Oklahomans deserve legislators that are going to work in the Capitol to try and solve our budget crisis.  Oklahomans deserve legislators looking for ways to help our small businesses create jobs.  Oklahomans deserve legislators looking for innovative education solutions to ensure that all children have the tools they need to succeed.  Oklahomans deserve legislators that understand that economic development requires investment in our transportation infrastructure.

In order to solve these problems, I’m willing to work with all of my fellow legislators and fellow Oklahomans. I’ll work with conservatives and liberals, Democrats and Republicans to find solutions that will help us create a brighter future for all Oklahomans. It’s OUR future, let’s stop the divisiveness and start building something better.

Sincerely,

Brittany M. Novotny

—  David Taffet

Is Oklahoma outshining Texas on gay rights?

Tulsa's new city hall
Tulsa’s new city hall

While DART decides whether to gut LGBT protections, Oklahoma is surging ahead in gay rights.

According to Tulsa World, the Tulsa city council approved an ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation for city employees. The new law passed by a vote of 6-3.

One city council member pointed out that the ordinance protects everyone, according to a report by Tulsa’s CBS affiliate.

“The policy does not just apply to homosexuals; everybody has a sexual orientation,” said Councilor GT Bynum, who introduced the measure. “If a straight city employee has a gay supervisor, this would protect him just the same.”

And in the state’s other big city, Brittany Novotny, a transgender candidate for the Legislature, reports a record fundraising week for her campaign. There are also two openly gay candidates for the Oklahoma Legislature, Tom Kovach in Norman and incumbent Al McAffrey in Oklahoma City.

Meanwhile, Texas has no out members of its Legislature and only one openly LGBT candidate, Pete Schulte, running this year.

—  David Taffet