James Holmes

Santorum Wins Missouri & Hits Close to Home

Filed By James Holmes | February 08, 2012 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Missouri, Rick Santorum, Santorum wins Missouri

Until I moved to DC almost five years ago I had spent all of my life from birth to college graduation in the great state of Missouri. Therefore, it came as no surprise to me when Rick Santorum won last night's Republican primary for my home state. If anything it served as a reminder of why I don't make it home that often.

While yesterday's votes did not award delegates in Missouri, Missourians have a proud history of picking the president in every election from 1956 until its streak was broken by the very close win by John McCain in 2008. I feel this makes Santorum's bragging rights even stronger. Rick-Santorum-Skidmore.jpg

Don't get me wrong - most of the people I love in the world are Missourians, both at home and my new home of DC, and they span both ends of the political spectrum.

Also, my experiences in my small hometown of Kennett in Missouri's Bootheel are vastly different than my four years of college at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Kennett seems straight out of the South, while Columbia is considered Midwestern. This makes us a perfect test for candidates on any side seeking to court a win.

So what does this mean for Missouri's LGBT community? Just proof that our rights, unfortunately, still do not weigh heavily in the minds of many of our family, friends, and neighbors.

In Kennett I still have faggot yelled at me in the middle of Wal-Mart and am nervous to go anywhere alone. I have family members that openly oppose my relationship with my partner, David, and a few that avoid speaking to me even when I am in the room with them - not that this is unique to Missouri, but discomforting and unfortunate.

I try my best to ignore it, and maybe it is because I have lived in the DC bubble so long now, but I take Santorum's win (though the other candidates are not much better) as just another reason home no longer feels like home.

I'm curious to see what happens when Missouri actually awards delegates in March. Either way, I doubt it changes my feelings very much.

If you missed Santorum's victory speech from last night, check out the video after the jump.

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