Thursday, July 15, 2010

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.

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At 7:26 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

As posted in Blue Hampshire (

A Game of Telephone
As children we all played the game of telephone to see how much a story would change from one person to the next. The issue of Katrina Swett's position of Marriage equality is the telephone game all over again.
I am now a supporter of Katrina's, but before I "signed on", I had conversations with her about all of the salient issues, including equality. I remain satisfied that her position on equality is the same as Ann's and mine.

Unfortunately Howie Klein and BH have taken the Nashua Telegraph's sidebar comment without an understanding of Katrina's position on equality. The focus of the Telegraph article was on congressional pay, not social issues. We do not know where the sidebar information came from or what specifically was said. Sidebars are a ccompilation and may or may not reflect the candidates true beliefs, as is the case here.

As a candidate for this seat, I sat beside Katrina night after night in town after town, where she called for a repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and a full repeal of DOMA. That continues to be Katrina's stance on marriage equality.

The Swett campaign issued a statement today on equality to clarify the Telegraph's misstatements. This was sent to Howie Klein, which he chose not to include in his blog.

Swett statement on equality 7/15/2010:

As it often does, NH led the country by being the first in the nation to proactively enact marriage equality through the legislative process. In so doing, NH stood up for the proposition that all members of our community should be treated with respect and deserve an equal place at the table. I support federal civil union legislation that will extend the full range of federal benefits and legal protections to all families in our country, especially those who live in states that don't yet provide marriage equality.
Unfortunately papers do not always get it right. We owe it to our candidates to ensure our understanding of their positions. This is the only way we achieve a full understanding of the issues and the candidates positions on the issues.

"Never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can change the's all that ever has."
~Margaret Mead


by: johndejoie @ Thu Jul 15, 2010 at 22:24:10 PM EDT

At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what's your response Howie?

I'm from New Hampshire and I don't like Katrina Lantos-Swett as much as you do. But this created quite a stir and it turns out you were wrong all along. Next time please confirm before posting.

At 7:35 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

As posted on WMUR (Channel 9)
Choose an Issue: Same-Sex Marriage

Ann McLane Kuster (D): I support marriage equality and believe the government should stay out of our personal lives.

Katrina Swett (D): It is important that the legal protections and benefits that the federal government offers be available to all families no matter where they live. I will work for the passage of federal civil unions legislation which will guarantee these rights for everyone.

At 6:43 AM, Blogger Levana said...

Thanks for your post on this. Here's a post from Open Left getting the word out:

At 6:46 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

As a proud progressive, I always believed facts mattered. Apparently to Howie, Levana and many other "progressives" bashing candidates you do not agree with is more important than facts. How Rush Limbaugh of you!

At 9:55 PM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

As soon as I read the Nashua Telegraph story I called Swett's office and she sent me a written note confirming that she opposes same sex marriage, claiming to favor "civil unions." Civil unions would be a giant step backwards for New Hampshire's gay community. Swett's response was extremely political inasmuch as she was trying to differentiate herself from the "wild extremists" who favor strange ideas like equality. I know a homophobe when I see one. Just look at the difference between Swett's parsed and half-assed statements and that of anyone-- like Ann Kuster-- who actually stands with the gay community.

At 5:21 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Why don't you post her statement so people can read it for themselves!


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