Democrat who opposed same-sex marriage beaten by gay drag queen in landslide primary victory
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Same-sex marriage is legal in America and these days 63% of all Americans support the idea. Ten years ago, it was still a controversial issue among Democrats, but in 2019, 79% say they support same-sex marriage.

The issue played a big role in the Democratic primary for the Delaware's House of Representatives 27th district race. On September 15, Eric Morrison defeated incumbent Earl Jacques in a landslide and gay rights was a central issue.

In 2013, Jaques voted against same-sex marriage and refused to vote yes or no on banning gay conversion therapy in the state. On the other hand, Morrison is a gay drag queen who performs under the name Anita Mann and is very progressive on LGBTQ issues.


The difference between the Democrats' views came to a head last October when Jacques attacked Morrison for holding a fundraiser while in drag.

"You wonder what the point is. You can have fundraisers, I don't care about that. But dressing in drag? Really?" Jaques said.

"I'm not sure he represents the people who attend those places of religion [in the area]. If he's actually having a fundraiser in drag, I don't think those churches would endorse that," he continued.

Here's Morrison off stage:



Jaques was criticized by fellow Democrats for his comments by House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, and House Majority Whip Larry Mitchell in a joint statement.

"We have spoken with Rep. Jaques and expressed our disagreement with what he said," the statement read. "We appreciate that he has apologized for his comments."

Jaques apologized saying, "It is wrong to attempt to pass judgment or impose one person's belief structure onto others. My job as a state representative is to represent all constituents of the 27th District, regardless of gender, race, creed, orientation or identity, period."

Morrison responded by saying that he "very much" appreciated the apology but took the opportunity to highlight Jaque's history of being anti-LGBT rights.

"Unfortunately, this does not change the fact that Rep. Jaques voted against same-sex marriage in 2013, and refused to vote yes or no on banning the barbaric practice of conversion therapy for Delaware's LGBT minors in 2013," Morrison said, those votes trouble me today and will always trouble me

On Tuesday, voters came out in droves for Morrison, who defeated the incumbent 61% to 39%

Early Wednesday morning, after his victory was confirmed, Morrison tweeted: "Last night, we won our primary election with a spread of over 22%! Thank you to everyone who supported our campaign in any way, big or small."

Now, Morrison is turning his eyes to his competition on November 3.

"This isn't over! Before we know it, the general election will be here on November 3, and we face two candidates—a Republican and a libertarian," he Tweeted. "But for today, we celebrate and we THANK YOU for your support. I look forward to taking every remaining step of this exciting journey with you."

This article originally appeared on 01.09.18


Why should a superintendent get a raise while teachers in the same district struggling to make ends meet see their paychecks flatline — year after year after year?

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave begged the question. Minutes later, she was handcuffed and placed in the backseat of a cop car.

The scene was captured below by YouTube user Chris Rosa, who attended a board meeting for Vermilion Parish Schools in Louisiana.

You can watch Hargrave begin speaking about 33 seconds in. The situation starts becoming contentious around 6:35 minutes. Hargrave is arrested at 8:35, and then walked outside in handcuffs and placed in the back of police vehicle. (Story continues below.)



"We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries that we have," Hargrave, who teaches middle school language arts, said during a public comment portion of the meeting, stating that she's seen classroom sizes balloon during her time at the school with no increased compensation. "We're meeting those goals, while someone in that position of leadership [the superintendent] is getting raise? It's a sad, sad day to be a teacher in Vermilion Parish."

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