A conservative Republican radio host, blogger and self-described citizen journalist is apologizing for calling New Hampshire's Democratic Party chairman derogatory gay names _ comments his party and a leading gay activist are condemning.
Doug Lambert called gay Democratic Party Chair Raymond Buckley offensive names while a webcam was streaming to the Internet last weekend.
Lambert apologized to Buckley on the blog GraniteGrok. But New Hampshire Freedom to Marry Coalition executive director Mo Baxley said Monday the Republican Party should muzzle Lambert and denounce his comments as hateful to gays.
Party spokesman Ryan Williams later condemned Lambert's comments as "completely inappropriate, offensive and hurtful."
New Hampshire in June became the sixth state to legalize gay marriage, reflecting its changing demographics from reliably Republican and conservative to more liberal. The law takes effect Jan. 1.