It is 7 PM and Luke is reportedly now in favor of civil unions

Well, I am the suckiest lesbian correspondent ever.  It is five hours post Luke/homo meeting and not a single one of my contacts has, well, contacted me. 

Meanwhile over at The Burgh Report, the Burgher has the scoop … wait for it … Luke now supports civil unions.  Apparently, he was confused by the question.  I'm looking forward to someone looking me in the eye and rationalizing casting a vote for the person who makes that claim.  To be fair, let's take a peak at the actual transcript, courtesy of the Burgher.  This is from the WQED Mayoral Debate.

Michael Bartley: “Mr. Ravenstahl you say you do not support gay marriage…”

Ravenstahl: “Correct.”

Michael Bartley: “…but in big city America, gay unions are certainly an issue.Do you support gay unions?”

Ravenstahl: “I do not.”

Unless he thought a gay union was a labor issue, how could he possibly misunderstand?  It was early in the debate so he wasn't up past his bedtime.  Seriously, how could he misunderstand the most high profile gay issue in the nation?

The Burgher believes that this is a bald face lie.

Supporting Ravenstahl because you think he is going to win — in spite of the fact that DeSantis supports your issues — is a sign of weakness, not strength. Until progressives interest groups figure that out they will never get any respect.

This is especially disheartening in the face of a pending state level legislative battle that will require our unwavering support – the expansion of state level civil protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender presentation.  Southwestern Pennsylvania's Democratic delegation played some very risky legislative games when it came to the anti-gay marriage amendment a few years back.  And that was simply to prevent erosion, not to actively sew new rights and privileges!

Haven't we had enough sleight of hand support from the Democrats we elect?  I know you can't have legislative bodies filled with Frankels and Pedutos, but do we have to continue sucking up to elected officials who want to have their cake and eat it too when it comes to their gay and Catholic/Christian constituencies?

I guess we'll see tomorrow. 


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  • Unbelievable!! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the endorsement from the Steel-City Stonewall Dems, so I came over here to verify.
    I don't buy for one second that he didn't know what civil unions were. He's either lying again, to cover his ass, or unbelievably stupid to have given such a definative answer to a question that he didn't understand.
    Liar, or idiot, take your pick. I pick DeSantis.

  • For the very first time in my life I'm voting for a Republican. Ravenstahl has proven time and time again that he not only doesn't support the LGBT community of Pittsburgh, but he doesn't even support what's good for ALL of Pittsburgh. I haven't felt such digust for a public official since W.
    Down with Luke! And, I'm gonna do my part to try to make it happen.
    Thanks for your coverage, Sue!

  • Steel City Stonewall has NOT endorsed Luke Ravenstahl. Their slate card is very confusing, listing everyone whom they endorsed, those who returned the questionnaire but were not endorsed AND others who are running.
    It is a shame b/c it definitely looks like they are endorsing Luke. I hope they wouldn't intentionally mislead people, but obviously you came away with the wrong impression.
    I was so confused by their website that I gave up trying to interpret it for the blog and just put the links on my site.

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