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State Senate Primary Candidates Campbell and Chan Vie for Most Homophobic During Meeting


If you didn't know it already, conservative Republicans, state Sen. Donna Campbell and former San Antonio council woman turned Senate hopeful Elisa Chan, aren't big fans of the LGBT community. But if you needed a reminder before primary voting season, their latest comments— given during an editorial meeting with SA's local daily— should do the trick.


Former District 9 council member Elisa Chan keeps the anti-LGBT hits coming in her race for state Senate. Photo by Mary Tuma.

At a gathering of all three GOP primary candidates vying for Senate District 25 (Chan, Campbell and former Bexar County commissioner Mike Novak), the trio were asked by the San Antonio Express-News editorial board if they think gay people should be allowed to adopt. Their answers, according to the paper:

Chan: “I believe it is important to have a mother and father as the figure. That would be the best scenario for the kids."

Campbell: “I do believe we need a mother and father to be a role model for the children, so I would say yes,” (that she's opposed to gay adoption.)

Novak: "What my Bible teaches me, and my faith, is that I'm not the judge.”

Chan's answer reflects her intolerant feelings toward the gay community, made (very) public last year thanks to a covert recording exposed by a former aide. Those comments specifically included criticisms of gay adoptive parents (“I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption. They should be banned by adoption. You’re going to confuse those kids. They should be banned.") And Campbell's response is no departure from her viewpoint. The tea party darling has adopted four children of her own and pledged to promote reforms that make the adoption process easier, but as LGBT-centered publication, the Dallas Voice notes— just apparently not for gay couples. It's Novak's fairly benign answer that suggests a contrast in the race. While evoking his religious conservatism, he remains neutral on the topic—signaling a perhaps milder tone than his challengers when it comes to social issues.

SD 25 encompasses parts of Bexar County (all of Alamo Heights), Guadalupe, Hays and Travis and all of Comal and Kendall Counties. Early primary voting runs from Feb. 18—28 and election day is March 4.

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