A campaign staffer for Colorado State Rep. Marsha Looper, in an email to supporters praising her for her stance against civil unions, has apparently outed the lawmaker’s gay son.
Looper said she has been asked by some voters about her son’s sexuality and has answered honestly, but never meant for it to become so public.
“I’m very, very disappointed,” Looper said, of the e-mail making its way among El Paso County voters. “These are are very intimate issues. I love my son. I always will. He has said, ‘Mom, I want my privacy.”
“I am disappointed that my campaign manager forwarded an e-mail that would include any member of my family in policy discussions,” Looper said in a statement she issued today after being contacted by The Denver Post.
“My opinions, financials and policies are appropriate discussions for the campaign, however my family members’ personal lives are not a legitimate avenue for my campaign, or any other campaign to discuss.”
The campaign email reportedly praised Looper for her move to amend the Colorado civil unions bill (Senate Bill 2) to exempt religious institutions and persons from being required to recognize same-sex unions.
The email noted that she had subsequently voted against the bill and added, “Praise God!” and ”God is truly to be praised for Marsha Looper because she also has a homosexual son.”
Looper, due to reapportionment, faces Rep. Amy Stephens in a June 26 primary, leading to a debate over which candidate has the best conservative credentials.
Looper is believed to be one of at least four Colorado Republicans who have LGBT children but voted against the bill.
The civil unions bill died after unprecedented wrangling in the House which saw Republican leaders end the legislative session early, at the expense of some 30 other bills, so they did not have to vote on the civil unions bill.
When brought up in a subsequent (and costly) special session, the bill died in committee at the hands of a Republican majority.