The following press release is from the Kenny Boddye for Prince William County (Occoquan District) Supervisor campaign, regarding last night’s 5-3 vote (Frank Principi, Victor Angry, Maureen Caddigan, Pete Candland, Marty Nohe voting yes; Corey Stewart, Ruth Anderson and Jeanine Lawson voting no) by the Board to recognize June as LGBTQI+ Pride month. Clearly, anyone who voted no on this – Anderson and Lawson; Stewart’s leaving anyway – needs to be ousted in November.
KENNY BODDYE RESPONDS TO COUNTY SUPERVISORS’ VOTE ON LGBTQI+ PRIDE MONTH
LAKE RIDGE, Virginia – Kenny Boddye, Democratic nominee for Occoquan Supervisor, responded to the Prince William County Board of Supervisors’ vote yesterday to proclaim June LGBTQI+ Pride month for the second year in the county’s history.
“I applaud our county government for once again acknowledging and embracing the LGBTQI+ community,” Boddye said in a statement. “June is set aside to recognize this important segment of our community while also commemorating the ongoing fight for civil rights and equal protection under the law they face each and every day. At the same time, I’m saddened to know that we still have to advocate for our county government to acknowledge the humanity of members of our community.”
Boddye joined dozens of LGBTQI+ activists and allies on Tuesday for the 2:00 PM Supervisors meeting. Boddye was present a year ago when the resolution was brought before the board for the first time in the county’s history.
“A year ago, Supervisors Lawson, Stewart and Anderson voted against the resolution, and they did so again this year,” Boddye said. “As I said in my remarks to the board yesterday, to vote down this resolution is to ignore the moral, safety and economic to embrace the LGBTQI+ community. I’m disappointed in Supervisor Anderson in particular, as she represents a dynamic, diverse district which seeks to be inclusive of people from all walks of life.”
Last year, Supervisor Anderson called the resolution divisive, citing the notion that it went against the religious beliefs of several residents in the Prince William community.
“I reject the notion that embracing our LGBTQI+ friends and neighbors is divisive; if anything, it begins to correct a history of intolerance that we’ve seen in our community over the years. A little over a decade ago, this board enacted policies which targeted immigrants and communities of color. Those policies led to the mass exodus of business owners, residents and taxpayers.
We can do better, and I intend to better if I am honored with the opportunity to be the next Occoquan District Supervisor.”
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