Bil Browning

Indy: GOP Congressional Primary Candidate Carlos May Endorses Civil Unions

Filed By Bil Browning | April 30, 2010 1:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics

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 CarlosMay.jpggay 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.

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Wilson46201 | April 30, 2010 1:51 PM

He's said nothing about DOMA, ENDA or DADT either in print, online or at political meetings. That "gay marriage isn't a Federal issue" answer was a calculated political sidestepping of the question.

Carlos May has repeatedly refused to talk about the new odious Arizona anti-immigrant law saying he hasn't read it himself. He did say if it's constitutional he'd be OK with it!

Don Sherfick Don Sherfick | May 1, 2010 5:42 PM

I wonder if Carlos May realizes that once upon a time, more moderate Republicans like he seems to be prevailed over their more draconian bretheren on the Rightous Right in saying the Indiana legislature should be able to enact civil unions, but just said the former version of the so-called "Indiana Marriage Protection Amendment" applied only to stop "unelected activiest judges" from doing so.

I wonder further if he knows that when the first proposal (SJR7) failed, and nobody was carefully watching, the Righteous Right switched the language (SJR-13) so that the General Assembly couldn't enact civil unions even if elected representatives and their constituents favored them.

If he doesn't, somebody ought to educate him; and a lot of other Republicans in the Indiana legislature, also.