It sounds like one of those Jeff Foxworthy jokes, doesn?t it? ?If directions to your house include what to do after you turn off the dirt road, you might be a redneck.? ?If your grandmother wakes you up in the middle of the night and says ?come look at this before I flush it,? you might be a redneck.? ?If you introduce someone to your brother and the father of your child and there?s just one guy standing there, you might be a redneck.? You know the bit.
But this article isn?t about a redneck. It?s about Julia Boseman, a North Carolina Democrat running for the State Senate against Republican Woody White.
Boseman, a New Hanover County Commissioner, is a lesbian activist whose political agenda includes support for gay marriage and state benefits for homosexual ?domestic partners.? She promises to be a big spending liberal Democrat, the likes of which North Carolina has never elected to its legislature.
Furthermore, Boseman, whose ?domestic partner? is the coach of UNC-Wilmington?s softball team, has been a controversial figure outside her role as a public servant. Recently, she and her ?domestic partner? had a baby, which was made possible by a sperm donation from her biological brother. When the couple (Boseman and her ?domestic partner,? not her brother) sought to have the baby baptized in a local church, many in the community were outraged.
Readers of this editorial probably wonder why a race for a State Senate seat in North Carolina is the subject of a national column. I have a different question:
Why is the race between Julia Boseman (who, as of this writing, has 17 contributors in her county) and Woody White (with over 650 contributors in his county) even close?
The answer is to be found on the national website www.victoryfund.org. The site includes the following plea to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gendered voters nationwide:
?North Carolina is a Victory Legislative Horizon State, meaning that there are currently no openly LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or trans-gendered) officials serving in the State Legislature. In 2005, the North Carolina State Senate will begin debate on a Constitutional amendment which would define marriage as between ?one man and one woman.? Now is the time that we must elect openly LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans-gendered) members to the North Carolina State Senate to protect our rights.?
The national site also includes the following criticism of Boseman?s opponent: