Stonewall should stay neutral in D. 1

Stonewall Democrats’ recent endorsement of Delia Jasso over Scott Griggs in the District 1 Dallas City Council race must be based in something other than the candidates’ commitment to gay rights.  Just like the last election where veteran Angela Hunt was rejected for James Nowlin, this election presented the group with not one, but two vocal champions to our causes, and one got a slap in the face.

Forty percent of Griggs’ appointees to boards and commissions are openly gay. By choosing out citizens to represent him, Griggs lets other parts of the city know that his district is a place where gays and lesbians have a voice and a seat at the table in matters that impact us all. His is a real record we all should be proud of and he is a real friend who doesn’t deserve such disregard.

When presented with two candidates that support the gay community so wholeheartedly, perhaps the Stonewall Democrats should explore a third option and remain neutral — if only for their own good. Continuing to offend such fervent supporters of our community is wrong and threatens the group’s continued relevance.
Michael Amonett
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 15, 2013.