July 17th update: Randy Parraz has been endorsed by the LGBTQ community.
The city of Tucson was fortunate enough to have two US Senate candidates give public speeches in less than 24 hours this week. You can read my coverage of Rodney Glassman’s event at Drinking Liberally at the Shanty here.
The following day, June 21st, Randy Parraz spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson event. Both of the candidates were asked about their position on gay rights, and I was able to record both of their responses. I was only able to capture an audio recording of Rodney Glassman, well, for reasons you can read about here, but nonetheless their positions should be clear.
We will begin with Randy Parraz, who wasn’t afraid to let me capture video of his response like Glassman was:[tnivideo caption=”Parraz on DADT and gay rights” credit=”Three Sonorans”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8dMn0kK_Lo
The video shows a clear progressive voice in Parraz’s response. This is in contrast to Rodney Glassman’s response which rather than being progressive is regressive, harkening back to the theocracies of yesteryear by proclaiming that “the word ‘marriage’ belongs to religious institutions.”
Glassman’s response is indicative of the stance of the Republican party which he once was registered as. Listen for yourself!
Note: The question is hard to hear when being asked, but Glassman’s response is louder and clear. NO to gay marriage because religions own this term![tnivideo caption=”Glassman on gay marriage” credit=”Three Sonorans”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf7yp0j2P6g