What the endorsement didn't say about Vincent Orange

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It was baffling to read The Post's endorsement of Vincent Orange for D.C. Council chairman [editorial, Aug. 9] and see no mention of his bigoted comments on marriage equality when he ran for mayor four years ago.

Referring to his opponents in the mayoral election, Mr. Orange said, "I am the only one that is opposed to same-sex marriage. The other four, they say they believe in God, they go to church, but they're also for same-sex marriage . . . . I don't think they're morally fit to run this city." Mr. Orange clarified his views when he told The Post: "If you believe in God, the Bible says be fruitful and multiply. I'm saying same-sex marriage is not condoned by the Bible." Mr. Orange did not understand the separation of church and state.

Of course, since making these discriminatory statements and losing the mayoral race, Mr. Orange claims to have seen the light. He now says his views on God and church are fully compatible with gay marriage; he had a revelation while lobbying for Pepco.

Given that other activists and politicians, including Kwame Brown, worked hard for years in support of marriage equality, Mr. Orange's change of heart seems to be a disingenuous election-year ploy.

Lane Hudson, Washington

The writer is active in several local gay advocacy groups, including the D.C. Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, which has endorsed Kwame Brown for D.C. Council chairman.

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