- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Gay conservatives are demanding an apology after a blog entry on Democratic Rep. Scott Peters‘ website called his gay Republican opponent Carl DeMaio “Mary.”

Mr. Peters came under fire after an opinion piece was posted to his campaign website written by blog editor John Aravosis. It gave a quote that Mr. DeMaio said last week during an interview with Fox News, and followed it with a derogatory term for gay men.

“I’ve found more tolerance, acceptance and inclusion from social conservative groups who have to reconcile that I’m a Republican who happens to be gay…versus the intolerance the LGBT leaders see me as a gay man who happens to be a Republican,” DeMaio said.

“Oh Mary, it’s so hard to be you,” Mr. Aravosis wrote.

The piece was removed quietly after Log Cabin Republicans pressured Mr. Peters’ campaign to do so, the group says in a press release.

Nevertheless, the group called for an apology.

“There is no doubt that if the roles were reversed and a straight Republican congressman promoted content on his website calling his gay Democratic opponent a ‘Mary,’ there would be no end to the outrage from the left,” said Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo. “Of course, when a Democrat does it, no one raises an eyebrow — but we’re not going to let this slide.”

The campaign manager for Mr. Peters issued an apology Tuesday afternoon, stressing that the offensive term was not approved by herself or the congressman.

“Posting of the blog by a staff member, who was unaware of the significance of the reference, was not known or sanctioned by either the Congressman or me,” MaryAnne Pintar told the Log Cabin Republicans. “However as the manager, I take responsibility for it and extend my sincere apologies to anyone who was offended. The term was unknown to the person who posted it and no offense was intended.”

Mr. Peters was a co-sponsor for the Student Non-Discrimination Act “to protect against bullying or discrimination based on sexual orientation,” reads a June 20, 2013, op-ed he penned for U-T San Diego.

“Yet Peters himself is acting as a bully in promoting an article using pejorative gay slurs on his website’s front page,” the press release reads.

Mr. Aravosis took the fight to Twitter and feverishly defended the piece, charging that Mr. DeMaio is “an anti-gay gay.”

In a follow-up article, Mr. Aravosis wrote, “Carl DeMaio’s surrogate on Twitter, his life partner Jonathan Hale, is refusing to answer a simple yes or no question as to whether Carl DeMaio has ever used the gay slang term ‘Mary,’ or whether Hale himself has ever used it.”

He then argues that the term “Mary” is not a slur at all and that “it’s actually often a term of ironic endearment.”

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