Trans Politician Danica Roem Faces Off Against Antigay Trump FollowerSo what issues is he running on? Well it seems like it all boils down to one issue… they are not Democrats.
The trans Virginia legislator is running for reelection against Christopher Stone, who opposes marriage equality and wants more religious exemptions from pro-LGBTQ+ laws.
By Trudy Ring
September 9, 2021
Virginia legislator Danica Roem is facing a conservative marriage equality opponent and former Trump administration member in her reelection race this November.
Roem, a Democrat, was elected to the House of Delegates in 2017, becoming the first out transgender person to be elected to and seated in a state legislature. In 2019 she became the first out trans person reelected. In her first election, she defeated Del. Bob Marshall, a longtime legislator who was intensely anti-LGBTQ+. She beat an anti-LGBTQ+ challenger, Kelly McGinn, in her reelection race.
Christopher Stone, the Republican challenging her in Virginia’s 13th District this year, has described the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality decision as an example of “legislating from the bench,” the Washington Blade reports. He also said the court’s infamous Dred Scott decision from 1857, which held that enslaved people and their descendants could not be U.S. citizens, was another case of legislating by judges. He opposes adoption rights for same-sex couples as well.
He further said that laws protecting LGBTQ+ people from discrimination should have more accommodations for religious objections and consider “both sides” of the issue. “A lot of people that I talk to are concerned that the way the laws are written you are protecting one group and infringing upon the constitutional freedoms of another,” he told the Blade, adding, “But you don’t just ignore those people. You accommodate both sides. I don’t like laws aimed at a single group or giving protections to one side. That is how a lot of people see LGBTQ laws.
And of course since he is a loyal follower of Trump… he is big on conspiracy theories.
Stone has also said he wants to fight “cancel culture” and that there has been “government overreach” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial unrest of 2020. He has additionally claimed that worries about the integrity of last year’s presidential election have not been taken seriously.All elections are local, it is what you can do for me and somehow I don’t think that the voters really care about the “cancel culture” or the “plague” they care about their community. Ms. Roem won because she cared about the condition of the roads, yeah the far-right cares about those things but the majority of the voters do not.
The Republican party is weak on issues strong on divisiveness. They are good at wedge issues but I think that the people seeing through that smokescreen and even some Republicans are turning away from Trumpism. One congressman sees that, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, “The question is – Are we going to be the party of opportunity and hope, or the party of anger and division, where truth has no place in it?” So far it is a party of anger and divisiveness.