Carlos May, one of three men seeking the Republican nomination to challenge Congressman Andre Carson in November, stood out from the pack at last night's University of Indianapolis debate. When questioned about same-sex marriage, May indicated that he supported civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Wayne Harmon and Marvin Scott opposed any legal rights for LGBT families.
On the marriage issue, Scott was open to civil unions for gays but not marriage.
"Gays have been here since long before I was on this planet, and they'll be here when I'm gone," Scott said. "They can do as they please. The issue is the word 'marriage,' and marriage is a sacrament, and it's one we need to protect."
Harmon said he favors any law that helps establish marriage as a union between a man and woman. He lamented that some people view his perspective as a prejudice against gays.
"I'm a tolerant person," he said.
May said gay marriage is not an issue for Congress.
"I'm running for federal office," he said. "It sounds to me like these two gentlemen should run for state office so they can make sure Indiana doesn't have gay marriage."
May also has at least one openly gay campaign staffer.
Wouldn't it be refreshing to see two pro-LGBT people of color competing for Indianapolis' congressional seat? Maybe it would send a wake up call to the state's pack of blue dog Dems currently in office.