For­mer state law­maker un­der fire for anti-gay com­ments

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A for­mer state House Rep­re­sen­ta­tive in Al­bany is fac­ing crit­i­cism for anti-gay com­ments he made about a fel­low Demo­crat in­volved in lo­cal party pol­i­tics.

It be­gan the week of Dec. 12 when 20-year-old Andrew Ni­quette, a del­e­gate to this year’s Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion in Philadel­phia, an­nounced via email his in­ten­tion to run for a com­mit­tee seat with the Dougherty County Demo­cratic Party. Demo­cratic Party of Ge­or­gia Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Re­becca DeHart re­sponded back ex­press­ing ex­cite­ment over the openly gay Ni­quette’s an­nounce­ment.

The Al­bany Her­ald re­ports that for­mer state Rep. John White got word of Ni­quette’s an­nounce­ment and sent an email to DeHart and two others with pho­tos show­ing Ni­quette kiss­ing his part­ner and in­clud­ing the mes­sage, “Re­becca, is this what you are thrilled about? I can’t say ‘I am thrilled about all you are do­ing.’ Andrew Ni­quette can do his what­ever in Florida. I have zero tol­er­ance for this lifestyle.”

Ni­quette re­port­edly re­sponded back to White, who in 1974 be­came the first black per­son from Al­bany elected to the Ge­or­gia House, writ­ing, “Such a shame that a rep­utable for­mer Demo­cratic Rep­re­sen­ta­tive who was an ad­vo­cate for Civil Rights has the au­dac­ity to judge me for whom I choose to love. I do hope that you get to­gether with the 21st Cen­tury, Rep. White, and you can be sure that it will be known of your ho­mo­pho­bia.”

DeHart also re­sponded crit­i­ciz­ing White for his com­ments. Ni­quette failed in his bid to nab a seat on the com­mit­tee.

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