Shouting erupted at a Christine O’Donnell campaign event Thursday night after a young gay conservative asked the Senate candidate about the her view of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. O’Donnell implied that she hadn’t thought about the policy, but some audience members were angered by the question:
So when Matt Hissey, a junior political science major at West Chester University, asked U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell about the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that allows gays to serve in the military as long as they don’t divulge their sexual orientation — it angered one New Castle man in the audience.
Hissey said he is a gay conservative and wanted to know her views.
“Who cares?” the New Castle man shouted.
O’Donnell said some of her campaign workers are gay, and went on to say she was focusing on the nation’s most important issues because “whether you’re from the far left or the far right, we have to get our country back.” […]
A few moments later, Tim Joines of Christiana spoke up. He was standing along the wall in the standing-room-only banquet room and couldn’t let that “who cares?” hang in the air uncontested.
“He’s still a human being!” Joines shouted at the New Castle man, who stood up, took his belongings and walked out of the room, shouting, “You are why we’re going to lose!” in Joines’ direction. “How can you come to a forum like this and say, ‘I don’t care,” Joines, an independent voter, said later. “Everybody’s got a voice, and nobody should be silenced.”
O’Donnell is dodging the question to move beyond her anti-gay rhetoric, but it’s more likely that she’d support strengthening the ban against open gay and lesbian service than vote for legislation repealing it. After, all how can she allow gay people to serve openly if she believes they suffer from a psychological disorder?
“People are created in God’s image. Homosexuality is an identity adopted through societal factors. It’s an identity disorder,” O’Donnell told the Washington Post four years ago, taking a position that has been universally rejected by science and psychology since the early 1970s. For more on O’Donnell’s anti-gay record, click here.