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The Washington Blade is covering the state senate race in NC of out lesbian Julia Boseman, who is weathering some seriously homophobic ads from her challenger.

“One of the strongest reactions surfaced in New Hanover County, N.C., where lesbian county commissioner Julia Boseman, a Democrat, is challenging State Senator Woody White, a conservative Republican and supporter of former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms.

White’s campaign purchased newspaper ads this week noting that Boseman would be the state’s first openly gay legislator and would pursue a “liberal, activist homosexual agenda” if elected.

The ads, some of which were paid for by the state Republican Party, declared that Boseman had been endorsed by the Victory Fund, which it described as a homosexual group based in Washington, D.C.

The ads angered the Wilmington, N.C., Star News, where some of the ads had been placed. The newspaper abruptly withdrew its endorsement of White, saying it strongly disapproved of his decision to attack Boseman based on her sexual orientation.”

Wilmington, N.C., Star News, came out strong in its condemnation of White.

It would be legitimate to criticize the significant contributions Ms. Boseman has solicited and received from out of state. This is, after all, a local race to see who will represent voters in New Hanover County. And because the main source of those out-of-state contributions was a special interest group – an Internet fund that collects money for openly gay candidates – it would be fair to mention that.

It’s something else to use language such as “known lesbian activists” and “radical homosexual rights and privileges” and to conclude by saying “The truth is … Julia Boseman seeks to be the first openly gay or lesbian State Senator in North Carolina History.”

So what? Most sensible voters don’t care what a state senator does at home. They care about what he or she does at the legislature.

Ms. Boseman’s private life had no apparent effect on her performance as a County Commissioner, and there’s no reason to think that would change in Raleigh. Even if she wanted to press for same-sex marriage or similar causes, it wouldn’t matter. In the foreseeable future, few colleagues would join her.

Until he allowed these ads to be circulated, Mr. White seemed the more promising candidate.

But now a vote for him would be a vote for intolerance and dirty politics.

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