Campaign 2010

Mar 05, 2014

The Truth About Carl DeMaio’s Record on LGBT Issues

Recent attempts by Carl DeMaio and his supporters to tout his credentials on LGBT issues do not match his record. After being booed at San Diego’s gay pride parade and being rejected by the Log Cabin Republicans in 2011, it’s clear that Carl DeMaio’s record has hurt him in the gay community. DeMaio insisted in his mayoral campaign that gay rights would “not be a priority” and he “would not push the gay agenda issues (including same-sex marriage).”

“Voters in San Diego deserve to know the truth about Carl DeMaio’s record on LGBT issues – and there are so many reasons why he wasn’t initially backed by the Log Cabin Republicans in 2011, and why the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund withheld their support for him this cycle,” said Tyrone Gayle of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “When it has mattered most, Carl DeMaio has let down the San Diego LGBT community, and his record tells the true story.”

Take a look at the truth for yourself:

DeMaio was “Soundly Rejected” by the San Diego LGBT Community. In February 2014, the San Diego Free Press reported that DeMaio had been shunned by the San Diego LGBT community. San Diego Free Press: “DeMaio has, in fact, been soundly rejected by the very San Diego LGBT community that he now so “proudly” claims to be a part of.” [San Diego Free Press, 2/25/14]

Headline: The Carl DeMaio as Moderate Fallacy [San Diego Free Press, 2/25/14] 

DeMaio Failed to Receive Endorsement from Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund. In February 2014, DeMaio failed to receive the endorsement of the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, which endorsed two other gay GOP candidates. [San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/24/14]

Former San Diego Log Cabin Republican President: “DeMaio Does Not Have a Track Record of Advocating for Gay Rights.” In February 2014, the former president of the San Diego Log Cabin Republicans said – as summarized by KPBS – that “DeMaio does not have a track record of advocating for gay rights.” [KPBS, 2/24/14]

San Diego Union-Tribune: “DeMaio Has Long Been At Odds With the Majority of the LGBT Community.” In 2012, the San Diego Union Tribune reported that DeMaio “ha[d] long been at odds with the majority of the LGBT community because of his oft-repeated pledge not to be an advocate for social issues while in public office[.]” [San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/19/12]

Booed at Various LGBT Events During Mayoral Campaign. In 2012, DeMaio was repeatedly booed at LGBT events in San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune: “During the mayoral campaign, DeMaio has been booed at various LGBT-centric events, including a mayoral debate in Hillcrest, a rainbow flag-raising ceremony for the community and the annual Pride parade in which he walked alongside his longtime partner.” [San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/19/12]

2012: DeMaio Promised Gay Rights Would Not be a Priority for Him. In 2012, during his San Diego mayoral campaign, DeMaio “repeatedly insisted that gay rights w[ould] not be a priority for him as Mayor.” [Associated Press, 11/06/12]

DeMaio was “Publicly Silent” on the Anti- Gay Marriage Proposition 8. In 2012, the Associated Press noted that while DeMaio said he supported same sex marriage, he was “publicly silent on a 2008 state ballot measure to ban the practice.” [Associated Press, 11/02/12

Accepted Campaign Contributions from Proposition 8 Backers. In 2012, during his mayoral bid, DeMaio accepted campaign contributions and support from backers of Proposition 8. [San Diego Union-Tribune, 9/19/12]

Anti-Gay DeMaio Donor: DeMaio “Promised Me, as a Condition of my Support… that he Would Not Push the Gay Agenda.” In 2012, the San Diego City Beat reported that DeMaio “specifically promised” Charles LiMandri, a Prop 8 backer and DeMaio donor, that he “would not push the gay agenda issues (including same-sex marriage)” as a “condition of [LiMandri’s] support.” [San Diego CityBeat, 5/21/12]

2011: DeMaio’s Opponent was Endorsed by the Nation’s Largest Republican Gay Advocacy Group. In 2011, the local chapter of the nation’s largest Republican gay advocacy group, the Log Cabin Republicans San Diego, endorsed state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher for San Diego mayor. The decision meant the organization “spurned the campaigns of City Councilman Carl DeMaio and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, both of whom are gay -- Fletcher is not.” [San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/25/11]