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Listen: Voter Calls Quinn A ‘Dyke,’ Weiner Defends His Record On LGBT Rights

by David Badash on June 20, 2013

in News,Politics

Is Anthony Weiner being held accountable for the comments an elderly woman made about NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn? No, but LGBT activists and allies are angered with what they see as his insufficient response.

LOOK: Anthony Weiner To Voter Who Called Chris Quinn A ‘Dyke’: ‘It’s Okay, It’s Not Your Fault’

As reported, an elderly woman a large crowd told Weiner that she would not vote for “that dyke” Christine Quinn. Here’s the exchange in text and audio via The Washington Post:

“You a registered Democrat?” he asked an elderly woman wheeling a shopping cart by him.

“I am,” she said. “And I’m not voting for uh, what’s her name? The dyke.”

“Okay. I just need you to sign the petition to get me on the ballot,” said Weiner, who then noticed the incredulous reaction of a reporter and added, “and you really shouldn’t talk that way about people.”

“Oh, I’m sorry,” the woman said.

“It’s okay,” Weiner responded. “It’s not your fault.”

Weiner then issued this response:

“Homophobia is vile and destructive and something I have fought against for the entirety of my career, including being a vocal supporter of gay marriage since 1998 and standing up on the floor of Congress for transgender Americans. I admonished the woman amid a large crowd on a street corner and by no means believe that anything about her comment was appropriate. If the impression is that I did, I apologize because behavior like this will absolutely not be tolerated in my administration.”

Weiner is running for mayor of New York City against Christine Quinn. Both are Democrats.

What’s your thought? Did Weiner respond to the voter properly? Is his statement fair, honest, and sufficient?

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{ 2 comments }

ChristianDJ June 20, 2013 at 10:22 pm

It is not her fault that she was raised in an era that was controlled by Christian "values", which included racism, sexism, and homophobia. Hopefully, she will be able to overcome the indoctrinated hate and judgement. It's not her fault! It is the religious "leaders" fault!

JayJonson June 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

ChristianDJ, why do you assume that this woman is a Christian? More likely, she is a Jew. This occurred, after all, in New York. Lots of non-Christians are homophobic.

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