Reasons for Pride: Setbacks for the Right Wing
BY Trudy Ring
June 30 2014 5:22 AM ET
The idea of stoning gay people doesn’t go over in the U.S.
Brunei has enacted a heinous law allowing for such punishment, but the idea didn’t find much favor in even one of the most conservative states in the U.S. Scott Esk, who was seeking the Republican nomination for a state representative seat in Oklahoma, defended stoning as biblically endorsed. “I never said I would author legislation to put homosexuals to death, but I didn’t have a problem with it,” he explained. Last week Esk lost the primary, receiving only 5 percent of the vote. It’s scary, though, that he got even that much — and that two candidates in the field of five got less.