Anti-gay son of Senate leader loses GOP primary

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Baptist pastor whose views on LGBT equality remained relatively quiet won with a surprising 60 percent against a hardline, anti-gay Republican primary opponent in North Carolina’s Sixth Congressional District runoff on Tuesday.

Mark Walker’s victory in the runoff was a surprise to many who thought Phil Berger, Jr., son of North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger, was the favored candidate.

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Berger made waves earlier this spring when he allegedly compared gay marriage to bestiality, telling a sixth grader that gay marriage was like a man marrying a dog.

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“Two years ago, the voters of North Carolina overwhelmingly approved Amendment One, which only recognized traditional marriage, and I was a leader in that effort,” Berger also said in response to the student. “I was the spokesperson for traditional marriage in North Carolina, and I am very much in favor of traditional marriage.”

Berger was a supporter of the NC Values Coalition, one of the leading proponents of the state’s 2012 anti-LGBT constitutional amendment.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.