Tim D'Annunzio
Tim D'Annunzio

Anti-gay Republican candidate Tim D’Annunzio will compete with former sportscaster Harold Johnson in the 8th District’s Republican runoff on June 22.

In Tuesday’s primary, D’Annunzio led Johnson 37-33. The 8th District, currently held by Democrat Larry Kissell, snakes through Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood and other east side neighborhoods and stretches to Fayetteville and Ft. Bragg.

In February, D’Annunzio made headlines for his condemnation of homosexuality and his promise to keep the anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) military policy in place.

“I oppose the normalization of homosexuality that is in the process of being forced on our military,” D’Annunzio wrote on his campaign blog on Feb. 4. “It will turn our military bases into social experiments, while forcing states to accept unnatural and government-created special rights. The military will have to recognize same sex marriages from states where it is legal. This will extend to all aspects of military life including housing and survivor benefits.”

D’Annunzio also said a DADT repeal would threaten “states’ rights” and that voters should “oppose the Obama Administration’s newest assault on our Constitution.”

LGBT activists and members of Congress are currently working toward a DADT repeal. President Barack Obama had first pledged to repeal the law, passed in 1993, this year but has since said he’ll await the results from a Department of Defense study on repeal implementation before taking action. Last week, a letter from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urged Congressional leaders to await results from his study before making a legislative move toward repeal.

In December 2009, D’Annunzio also defended as “necessary and constitutional” the federal Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

“When individual states began defining marriage as something other than its traditional, Judeo-Christian based definition as a union between a man and a woman, the federal government was forced to step in,” he wrote. “As for the foundational belief that our rights come from God, and governments are instituted among men to secure these rights, this foundation demands that the only right to marriage is as defined by God and therefore being between a man and a woman.”

Incumbent Democrat Kissell captured 63 percent of the vote in his primary race against retired educator Nancy Shakir.

Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

5 replies on “Anti-gay D’Annunzio advances to 8th District runoff”

  1. Just as I am pro-choice and at the same time pro-life, or in other words, I believe that abortion is wrong, but I do not believe it is my place to advance my beliefs on others who choose to do differently, I also believe that the issue of same sex marriage is wrong, and would be wrong for me, but I do not believe that it is my place to prohibit others who feel that it works for them. Homophobia can only lead to hate and hate is not healing nor does it solve problems. I agree that issues created in the military would be difficult, but even now, as women serve in the military and aboard ships, there are accommodations made for opposite sex attraction to be accounted for and hopefully, kept in check. LGBT persons are not out “recruiting” others to their “cause”. To be LGBT is not a “choice” one would make, with its attendant prejudices and legal entanglements that work against anyone in that situation. I believe that the vast majority of LGBT persons are legitimately that way because of reasons beyond their control, and should not be punished for something they have no control over. If you are heterosexual, you would not want to be “forced” to live in the LGBT world as it stands, and by the same token the LGBT individuals are entitled to some human rights and human dignity which is fair and equal under the laws of our land.

  2. Grow up! Get a job! If you want something for free try the cheese in the mousetrap. The pupose of extending benifits to hetrosexual families is to promote the future caretakers of our society (namely the children)not so you may feel good today.

  3. the last time I checked, lgbt households also raise children i.e. the future caretakers of our society. I know some folks try to ignore this but it’s a fact that can’t be swept under the rug.

  4. It is funny how both parties are running scared of the Tea Party!!!! Time for a another choice (Tea Party).
    Another good point to show how Government is out of controll wasting our money on issues that should not even be Federal Government issues. Personally Marriage, Religion, Smoking, What you Eat, Gays, Potsmoking, Drug use or any other social issues should be left up to the individual and to even waste tax payers dollars trying to regulate or dictate how individuals should have to conduct their lives is wrong in a free state…. I really do not care what people do to themselves but lets get the point that we are all fed up (no pun) with having to pay for it…

  5. Dont ask Dont Tell has eliminated less than one half of one percent of military personnel in last ten years. If it aint broke Dont fix it. Leave Clinton’s policy alone.

    the USA IS BROKE. and our next Congress will have much more than just this issue to deal with!
    The 8th Congressional District IS Fort Bragg. If you want Representation for the Largest Military Post in the US, then you should probably hire a Former Soldier and a Military Equipment Manufacturer / Parachute Manufacturing Millionaire Businessman as your next Congressman to ensure that Fort Bragg gets represented.

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