Yeah, Daniel Mongiardo is still a homophobe. We will not be letting this go. And no, voting against a gay marriage is not the same as creating and sponsoring a bill to legislate against it.
If you’re not familiar with it, here’s Mongiardo’s fancy piece of anti-gay legislation from 2004:
SB 245 (BR 2286) – V. McGaha, G. Tapp, C. Borders, E. Harris, R. Jones II, D. Mongiardo, V. Moore, A. Robinson, R. Roeding, D. Seum, K. Stine, D. Thayer, E. Tori, J. Westwood
AN ACT proposing an amendment of the Constitution of Kentucky by creating a Section 3A relating to marriage.
Propose amendment of the Constitution of Kentucky to create a Section 3A to by law provide that only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized a a marriage in Kentucky; provide that a legal status identical to or substantially similar to that for marriage shall not be valid or recognized; submit amendment to the voters for approval or rejection.
Like Joe says, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. It launched Mongiardo’s bigoted grabs at power in the years following which led to embarrassing “pledges” he tried to coerce fellow state legislators into signing. And it opened the doors for some of the most awful, contentious battles in the House and Senate over civil rights that we’ve ever seen.
Mongiardo’s “friends” can keep on with their self-destructing, bigoted, redneck (which is much different than being country or hillfolk) behavior, can keep on trashing things up. It works well for them. Watching them simmer in a pot of denial is pure entertainment.
The rest of the world– including Kentucky Republicans– has tossed the wedge issue of homophobia to the side and is no longer screwing around with it. Civilized society is not wasting its time. It speaks volumes that the goddamn Democrats in Kentucky could support homophobia while the RPK has trudged ahead, leaving behind such hateful and backwater notions.
And as one in denial supporter of bigotry notes, there are more problems on Daniel Mongiardo’s plate than a serious case of gay panic. His now-defunct political action committee and everything involving the PAC’s manager, Ryen Greer, will come full circle and turn into a campaign finance nightmare. So stay tuned. Because you’ve never seen anything like you’re about to witness in a Democratic primary.
P.S. To Lee Murphy: Stop trying to give everyone standing up against Mongiardo “10 free minutes with him in Frankfort.” It’s not doing your cause any justice. You and the redneck coalition of one need to realize causing a split within the Democratic Party, as you’re currently doing, only serves to harm you and your cause or trying to justify ignorance– not us.