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Kentucky gov tosses out a lame gay card against opponent

Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher (R-no surprise), working hard not to lose his job against Dem challenger Steve Beshear, has decided to try one of the weakest gay smears I've ever heard of. It really should win some kind of desperation award.

Fletcher, an ordained minister, is accusing Beshear of supporting marriage equality (Kentucky already has an amendment prohibiting it), because Beshear — gasp — received a campaign donation from two men who identified themselves as a couple on the campaign contribution list. (365gay):

“Beshear signed his name to the document under the penalty of perjury, swearing that he believed the contents of the report were accurate,” the Fletcher campaign charged in a press release.

When the Courier-Journal newspaper confronted the campaign with the list showing that a Beshear staffer not the candidate had signed it Fletcher's people refused to back off.

Stating on his report that one male is the spouse of another runs contrary to the law of Kentucky,” Fletcher spokesperson Jason Keller told the paper.

“Without question he violated the constitution. The document is his responsibility.”

Even some state Republicans have winced at Fletcher's suggestions with one saying it would appear the governor is “grasping at straws”.

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