Teahadist Susan Stimpson Attacks “liberal interest group Equality Virginia,” “mixed-sex bathrooms”

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    The following screed (see blockquote below), by Tea Partier Susan Stimpson (running against House Speaker and corporate/polluter shill Bill “ALEC” Howell for Virginia House of Delegates) is not just ugly and bigoted, it’s also flat-out wrong on two major points, demagogic on another. First, Stimpson is flat-out wrong in her claim that Equality Virginia is a “liberal interest groups.” In fact, there IS a Democratic LGBT equality group in Virginia, known as the LGBT Democrats of Virginia (formerly called the “Virginia Partisans”). At least when it comes to that group, Stimpson could have semi-plausibly claimed that they are a “liberal interest group,” although how fighting for EQUAL rights is an “interest group” is a bit beyond me. As for Equality Virginia, that is a NON-partisan group, a ” 501(c)(3) charitable organization” which “believes in a truly inclusive Commonwealth where all are equally welcomed and valued, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” I know, that’s soooo radical — equality for every Virginian and every American, per our Constitution. Yet Teahadist Susan Stimpson attacks this group for pushing an “extreme, liberal social agenda in our schools.” WTF?

    Oh, and what is that supposedly “extreme, liberal social agenda?” For more on that, see Video: Courageous Stafford County Parent Gives Impassioned Plea for Respect of Transgender Student. Oh, and by the way, Stimpson is being demagogic when she claims that Equality Virginia is pushing for “mixed-sex bathrooms.” In fact, we’re talking about one student, a fourth grader who is transgender and who identifies as a girl. That’s it for the “mixed-sex bathrooms.” Now, back to Stimpson’s pathetic, disgraceful attempt to ratchet up the hysteria and do whatever she can to win an election.

    P.S. Stimpson is also wrong/misleading that Equality Virginia is “allied” in any way to Bill Howell. True, they donated money to Howell’s PAC, for what reason I’ll never understand, but the last time they did that was back in 2012, and that certainly doesn’t make them “allies.” Whatever.

    The group pushing mixed-gender bathrooms in our schools gave money to Bill Howell for 7 years in a row. Yes, it’s true.

    Liberal special interest group Equality Virginia is pushing for unisex bathrooms in Stafford County’s public schools – so why did Bill Howell take their campaign contributions for seven years?

    Instead of standing on principle and sending the money back, Howell was more than content to keep cashing the checks.

    Earlier this month, parents in Stafford County were horrified to learn that left-coast style mixed-gender bathrooms might be coming to schools in Stafford County.

    Predictably, a liberal special interest group, Equality Virginia, wasted no time in lobbying our School Board to accept its extreme, liberal social agenda in our schools.

    On Tuesday night, common sense prevailed when the Stafford County School Board stood with local parents to protect our children from mixed-sex bathrooms in elementary schools.

    Equality Virginia needs to stop trying to exploit our children to advance their liberal agenda and respect the wishes of local parents who are understandably concerned about boys in the girls’ room.

    Equality Virginia is a seven year repeat donor to Delegate Bill Howell, who has received more money from this radical left-wing interest group than liberal Attorney General Mark Herring.

    I hope Delegate Bill Howell will tell his friends at Equality Virginia to stay out of Stafford County’s schools and leave decisions that impact the welfare of our children to parents, teachers and the school board.

    I’m calling on Bill Howell to stand with Virginia’s families by returning every last dime of the campaign contributions he’s taken from Equality Virginia.

    I urge conservatives to contact Bill and ask him to give the money back:

    Delegate Bill Howell

    By Phone: 540-322-1238

    By Email: delwhowell@house.virginia.gov

    • jeisrael

      Stimpson is clearly trying to make her opposition to equality and equal protection under the law a selling point. Her website issues section (http://susanstimpson.com/issues/) notes that despite the federal courts making clear that Virginia cannot discriminate in marriage, she wants to REDEFINE MARRIAGE to be only between opposite-sex couples.

      But sadly Speaker Howell has also consistently been on the wrong side of history.  Indeed not only has he consistently opposed non-discrimination protections for LGBT Virginians — even those who work FOR THE COMMONWEALTH (http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?101+vot+HV1348+SB0066) — he actually voted against allowing private businesses the freedom to voluntarily offer health benefits to domestic partners (https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?051+vot+HV1564+SB1338).  

      And after the court’s made clear the Marshall-Newman marriage inequality amendment he helped push through 9https://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?061+vot+HV3805+SJ0092) was unconstitutional, rather than apologizing for failing to live up to his oath of office, Howell simply blamed our Attorney General for not defending an unconstitutional law (http://augustafreepress.com/house-speaker-bill-howell-statement-gay-marriage-ruling).

      So a choice between Howell and Stimpson is really a more of a choice between Pat Robertson and Pat Robertson. Laugh about it, shout about it, when you’ve got to choose…