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Georgia GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Karen Handel: classic example of unthinking prejudice

Timothy Kincaid

July 14th, 2010

Heterosexuals are superior to gay people because, well, they just are. Everyone knows that!

This is the type of “thinking” that is based solely in prejudice, an assumption that goes unchallenged and is so basic to one’s beliefs that to think otherwise would be jarring. And this is the type of “thinking” that Karen Handel, a Republican candidate for Governor of Georgia, uses to determine her policies.

Doug Richards, writing for 11alive.com, interviewed the candidate.

Q: Would you favor outlawing gay adoptions?

A: Yeah, I would consider that, absolutely.

Q: Do you know any gay couples with children?

A: Not that I’m aware of.

Q: So you think gay couples are less qualified to function as parents than straight couples?

A: I think that for a child to be in a household — in a family in a household with a situation where the parents are not married, as in one man and one woman, is not the best household for a child.

Q: Is it better or worse than a single parent household?

A: Doug, I’m really trying to be straightforward with you but I’m not going to debate all the nuances. I’ve made it abundantly clear that I think that marriage is between a man and a woman. And that’s what I believe, and I don’t know what more you would like me to add to that.

Q: I guess I want to know why you think gay parents aren’t as legitimate as heterosexual parents.

A: Because I don’t.

No knowledge. No reason. No experience. Just prejudice.

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AMPGlass
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

How do people get to such high positions without actually thinking? Why would anyone vote for a candidate that does not have their people’s best interests in mind?

Chris McCoy
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

AMPGlass said:

How do people get to such high positions without actually thinking?

It’s been my experience that the people who do think never attain high positions. Ethics and Morality usually curb the willingness to sell out that’s required to attain those high positions.

Why would anyone vote for a candidate that does not have their people’s best interests in mind?

She has her voters interests in mind. They are anti-gay bigots, too.

RWG
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

“We got ours, and we ain’t sharin’ it with no damn queers!”

Lindoro Almaviva
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

They should’ve asked her if she also supports the statement in the bible that says that women should be subservient to men in marriage, should not seek to teach men and should submit themselves to their husbands.

Chris
July 14th, 2010 | LINK

Tim – the original site for the interview is actually 11alive.com, the Atlanta NBC affiliate. Karen Handel and her comments are getting quite a bit of coverage here.

justsearching
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

What a rude reporter. Asking her that question asking about single parenting vs. gay parenting. The voters in Georgia need a leader with bold simple convictions, none of this fancy shmancy nuanced reasoned stuff.

Ari
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

@Justsearching:

People like you need to get your head out of your ass. Bold simple convictions that relay only a small margin of their actual beliefs are what are bringing American politics (and American intelligence) to the forefront of international concern.

Scott P.
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

Ari, justsearching was being facetious.

Aconite
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

A: I think that for a child to be in a household — in a family in a household with a situation where the parents are not married, as in one man and one woman, is not the best household for a child.

Because adoptions by gays rip children from the loving arms of their middle-class, fundamentalist Christian, white, married, heterosexual family! Everybody knows that! When you come out, you get a toaster and a future option on a class-A baby. Whereas if you’re heterosexual, all you get is useless sh*t like civil rights. Hah! Straights should have it so good.

Ben in Atlanta
July 15th, 2010 | LINK

If any LGBTQ&Q Georgians are not aware of it there is a voting guide at http://www.georgiaequality.org. Some of these candidates may not be seen on local or national news.

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