Conservative Democrat Katrina Swett Comes Out Against Same Sex Marriage
Katrina Swett-- an anti-equality Democrat
Despite the hysterical objections from the Mormon Cult and a corrupt, dysfunctional Roman Catholic Church, mired in pedophile scandals in nearly every country in the world, two months ago the Argentine House of Deputies voted to legalize same sex marriage. Yesterday the Senate followed suit. Although Mexico City legalized same sex marriage-- just the city-- and although Uruguay, legalized civil unions, Argentina will be the first country in Latin America with full on same sex marriage... like New Hampshire. On January 1, 2010 same sex marriage replaced civil unions in that state, the fifth to do so in the U.S. Most New Hampshire voters approve, despite divisiveness on the political right. Although 63% of Independents approve, only about a third of Republicans do. Democrats, of course, are overwhelmingly in favor.
Oh, oh, wait. Maybe I should strike that "of course" in the last sentence. Although some right-wing Republican politicians are using same sex marriage as a wedge issue to appeal to conservative voters, it's actually shocking to find a Democrat doing the same thing. But it isn't surprising that if there is one, it's hopelessly reactionary Katrina Swett, the former chair of Lieberman For President and, currently the Blue Dog-type candidate against progressive activist Ann McLane Kuster, the last of Blue America's primary candidates this year. (The New Hampshire primary, to fill the seat being left open by Paul Hodes, is on September 14.) Exactly two months before the primary Swett let slip, in an interview with the Nashua Telegraph that she doesn't support same sex marriage. Kevin Landrigan, who interviewed her for one of the districts key media outlets write that she "favors civil unions for gay and lesbian couples but not in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide."
When we reached the Swett campaign yesterday she had a spokesperson get back to me to confirm she favors civil unions for the rest of the country, which is consistent with what's she's been telling audiences in the state.
Annie, who makes a point of running a positive campaign and doesn't comment on her opponent, seemed surprised when we told her about Swett's anti-gay position, almost at a loss for words. "I was a vocal supporter for passing marriage equality here in New Hampshire," she told us, "and I'll continue to support marriage equality in Washington. We should have less government interference in our personal lives, at both the state and federal levels." Unless you'd eager to see a female Lieberman in the House who's already announced her intentions of voting against marriage equality, please consider a contribution to Ann Kuster's campaign. Swett is clearly in the wrong party. There's already a party that is against equality and that favors interfering in the most intimate and personal details of everyone's lives; it's called the Republican Party-- and it's clearly where Katrina Swett's heart and soul are.