Antigay group endorses pro-gambling candidate

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 13 2003 11:00 PM ET

The leader of the antigambling and antigay American Family Association has endorsed Republican Haley Barbour for governor of Mississippi, even though Barbour's Washington lobbying firm represented a Louisiana company working with an Indian tribe to build casinos. In a recent open letter, the Reverend Donald Wildmon, founder of the Tupelo-based AFA, said he and Barbour have discussed issues such as abortion, crime, drug abuse, gambling, and "special rights for homosexuals." "Haley and I will not agree 100% on all issues. I doubt if there is any candidate that we would agree with 100%. But we do agree on issues of vital importance," Wildmon wrote. Wildmon's letter was not on AFA stationery.

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