Anti-gay Republican candidate Tim D’Annunzio will compete with former sportscaster Harold Johnson in the 8th District’s Republican runoff on June 22.
In Tuesday’s primary, D’Annunzio led Johnson 37-33. The 8th District, currently held by Democrat Larry Kissell, snakes through Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood and other east side neighborhoods and stretches to Fayetteville and Ft. Bragg.
In February, D’Annunzio made headlines for his condemnation of homosexuality and his promise to keep the anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) military policy in place.
“I oppose the normalization of homosexuality that is in the process of being forced on our military,” D’Annunzio wrote on his campaign blog on Feb. 4. “It will turn our military bases into social experiments, while forcing states to accept unnatural and government-created special rights. The military will have to recognize same sex marriages from states where it is legal. This will extend to all aspects of military life including housing and survivor benefits.”
D’Annunzio also said a DADT repeal would threaten “states’ rights” and that voters should “oppose the Obama Administration’s newest assault on our Constitution.”
LGBT activists and members of Congress are currently working toward a DADT repeal. President Barack Obama had first pledged to repeal the law, passed in 1993, this year but has since said he’ll await the results from a Department of Defense study on repeal implementation before taking action. Last week, a letter from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urged Congressional leaders to await results from his study before making a legislative move toward repeal.
In December 2009, D’Annunzio also defended as “necessary and constitutional” the federal Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
“When individual states began defining marriage as something other than its traditional, Judeo-Christian based definition as a union between a man and a woman, the federal government was forced to step in,” he wrote. “As for the foundational belief that our rights come from God, and governments are instituted among men to secure these rights, this foundation demands that the only right to marriage is as defined by God and therefore being between a man and a woman.”
Incumbent Democrat Kissell captured 63 percent of the vote in his primary race against retired educator Nancy Shakir.