The Last Week of the Raleigh Mayoral Campaign Has Been Defined by LGBTQ Issues | Triangulator | Indy Week
Pin It

The Last Week of the Raleigh Mayoral Campaign Has Been Defined by LGBTQ Issues 

ralmayors.jpg

Gay rights have emerged as a contentious issue in the Raleigh mayoral race, creating some of the most heated rhetoric to date.

Both Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Democratic challenger Charles Francis refer to themselves as strong supporters of LGBTQ rights. However, both have encountered sometimes-oblique criticism of their records.

On October 23, Equality NC's political action committee rescinded its endorsement of Francis, whom the group had co-endorsed along with McFarlane. The PAC cited Francis's lack of public advocacy on the issue, along with his campaign contributions from conservative politicians and public figures who had backed Amendment 1 and HB 2.

Then, on October 26, the Human Rights Campaign released a scorecard of U.S. cities based on "how inclusive municipal laws, policies, and services are of LGBTQ people who live and work there." The nonprofit's analysis gave Raleigh—under McFarlane's leadership—a grade of 60 on a scale of 100, placing it below Greensboro (82) and Durham (69).

Both candidates disputed criticisms of their records on LGBTQ issues. Francis said criticisms of the politics of some of his supporters were unjustified, citing the diversity of his supporters and pointing out that McFarlane had also received donations from people who supported candidates in favor of HB 2.

For her part, McFarlane spoke up for Raleigh's inclusion of LGBTQ people, noting that the HRC survey did not measure work done by such nonprofits as the LGBT Center of Raleigh.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Triangulator



Twitter Activity

Comments

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and …

by Tryan Banme on A History of Donald Trump’s Racism, Abridged (Triangulator)

"Computer-driven vehicles? Really? We've been saying that for the last 30 years."

?! The hardware for a fully autonomous …

by Mark Bahner on Environmentalists Aren’t Happy About the NCDOT’s Plan to Finish the I-540 Beltway (Triangulator)

Most Recent Comments

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and …

by Tryan Banme on A History of Donald Trump’s Racism, Abridged (Triangulator)

"Computer-driven vehicles? Really? We've been saying that for the last 30 years."

?! The hardware for a fully autonomous …

by Mark Bahner on Environmentalists Aren’t Happy About the NCDOT’s Plan to Finish the I-540 Beltway (Triangulator)

Computer-driven vehicles? Really? We've been saying that for the last 30 years.

And even if that managed to come …

by Mark Neill on Environmentalists Aren’t Happy About the NCDOT’s Plan to Finish the I-540 Beltway (Triangulator)

It's a very bad time to do any transportation project that is capital-intensive and long-term. The reason is that computer-driven …

by Mark Bahner on Environmentalists Aren’t Happy About the NCDOT’s Plan to Finish the I-540 Beltway (Triangulator)

Seriously? Time for opposers to get their heads out of the sand and see that Raleigh's growth is blowing up. …

by Granted on Environmentalists Aren’t Happy About the NCDOT’s Plan to Finish the I-540 Beltway (Triangulator)

© 2018 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation