Bid adieu to Georgia’s anti-gay Saxby Chambliss

Add this share

Well glory be. U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, one in a long line of anti-gay pols in Georgia, won’t seek a third term. Trouble with that is the long line of anti-gay pols in the state who will fight, kick, scratch and claw to replace him.

Chambliss has opposed the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” tried to explain away gay death threats from a staffer as free speech and scored 15 out of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s recent Congressional Scorecard. So LGBT activists in the state won’t shed a tear at his departure.

But the Republicans expected to battle it out in a primary ahead of the 2014 election show that Chambliss’ anti-gay extremism is likely to get replaced by, well, more anti-gay extremism. Current members of Georgia’s Congressional delegation, including Phil Gingrey, Tom Graves, Paul Broun and Tom Price, all score horribly low on support for even the most basic of LGBT issues.

And then there’s Karen Handel, who is pondering her own sleazy, anti-gay race for the seat.

But the departure of Chambliss means the 2014 race is wide open, making it more appealing for Republicans and Democrats. How about it, Mayor Kasim Reed? You locked up progressives with your gay marriage support. But then there’s those tawdry gay and lesbian sex rumors.

THE LATEST

Project Q Atlanta goes on hiatus after 14 years

On Sept. 1, 2008, Project Q Atlanta promised a hyper-local “queer media diet” for Atlanta. The site set out to bring LGBTQ news, in-depth...

Photos catch Purple Dress Run invading Midtown

After three years of pandemic-inflicted limitations, Atlanta’s gay rugby squad let loose on one of its most popular events. The Atlanta Bucks Purple Dress...

Ooo Bearracuda: Photos from Bear Pride’s Main Event

The seventh annual Atlanta Bear Pride hit the ground running on Friday with packed houses at Woofs, Heretic and Future. Turned out, they hadn’t...

Atlanta Bear Pride set to go hard and long all weekend

That low, growing growl you hear is a nation of gay bears headed for Atlanta Bear Pride this weekend. By the time they arrive,...

PHOTOS: Armorettes bring back Easter Drag Race magic

Gay Atlanta’s queens of do-good drag brought the sunshine to a cloudy afternoon on Saturday when Heretic hosted the triumphant return of Armorettes Easter...
17,446FansLike
7,001FollowersFollow
7,682FollowersFollow

PHOTO GALLERIES