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McGhee: Comments 'Not Meant as an Attack' on Gay People

Republican state Senate candidate accused of attacking gay people at forum hosted by Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance.

Republican state Senate candidate Tim McGhee is accused of attacking gay people in comments he made at a candidate forum hosted by the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance in Arlington's Ballston neighborhood Tuesday night.

The liberal Virginia politics blog Not Larry Sabato has audio transcript of McGhee’s closing statement from Tuesday’s forum. Both were posted Wednesday under the headline, “Republican Senate Candidate Goes To Gay Forum And Attacks Gays.”

In a conversation with Patch, McGhee said his remarks were “not meant as an attack.”

“It was a personal view, and I was reaching out on my perspective of scripture and life,” McGhee said. “It was meant to be an added perspective on who God is and his mercy.”

McGhee said he tailored his closing remarks specifically for the forum.

According to Not Larry Sabato, McGhee’s remarks included the following:

“For some of you here this evening, your frustrations go way beyond a state senate candidate. Some of you are beyond frustrated with God right now. Some of you refuse to believe in him altogether. You’ve asked the question or perhaps given up asking a long time ago. ‘Why? Why would God make me who I am and then tell me that’s wrong?’

“May I put a question before you tonight? What if that’s exactly what God did? What if that’s exactly what God had to do to fully demonstrate who he is?”

After these remarks, McGhee quoted scripture.

McGhee, an administrator at The Falls Church, is running against Democrat Adam Ebbin for the 30th District seat left open following Patsy Ticer’s retirement.

Ebbin, who has served in the House of Delegates representing the 49th District since 2003, is the only openly gay member of Virginia's General Assembly.

“[McGhee’s remarks] certainly were offensive,” Ebbin told Patch. “They were ignorant and offensive. The rhetoric was just shocking for 2011 and that people would think that way.”

The Not Larry Sabato blog post was tweeted by MSNBC television personality Rachel Maddow on Wednesday afternoon.

David in Houston October 20, 2011 at 08:56 AM
Yes, God made gay people so they can live their entire lives having to pretend to be straight. Makes perfect sense. -- I'm really tired of religious people that think that they know what God wants. I'm also really tired of straight people claiming to know why gay people are gay. If they really are straight, then how can they possibly know what it's like to be gay? They can't.
Mike Harris October 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM
Not necessarily offensive. Just stupid.
Dora Glasberg October 20, 2011 at 12:08 PM
Who IS this queen?
DAVE October 20, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Not sure why candidates continue to bring God into any conversation. Keep your right wing interpretation of God to yourself.
Karen Gautney October 20, 2011 at 01:00 PM
A GOP candidate giving an unsolicited Bible lesson to a primarily gay audience? It didn't feel like an attack to me, but it was extraordinarily strange and incredibly inappropriate. There seems to be a trend among GOP elected officials and candidates to use any platform they get to promote their personal religion. Odd for a group that loves to accuse gays of promoting the "homosexual agenda."
Mindy Brown Carney October 20, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Oh for heavens' sake. As a straight woman, I can only imagine God shaking his head in utter exasperation at folks like this guy. They really can't fade away fast enough . . .
John Pearl October 20, 2011 at 04:14 PM
So, a Republican says remarkably ignorant things about gay people. This is news? Don't they all? Mr. McGhee's most ignorant statement had to be: "Some of you refuse to believe in him [God] altogether." Dear Mr. McGhee, please get this through to your brain: In the United States of America it is none of the government's business which God anyone believes in, or whether one believes in no God at all. That you would be running for office clearly intending to force your particular idea of god into our laws is profoundly un-American.
DAVE October 20, 2011 at 04:28 PM
This is just one of the myriad of reasons I don't support political parties in general. It's incredibly strange that a candidate for office would take this direction to get his point across. Trust me, if I want religion I go to Church, not a political rally.
Edgar Warfield October 20, 2011 at 04:45 PM
He says this at a GL forum? I can only think this guy is trying to set a record for fewest votes received in any State Senate contest.
Will Radle October 21, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Religious intolerance is ugly in all its forms. We need to unite around our highest values and invest in our highest priorities. I am proud and thankful Democratic and Republican senators and delegates helped put me on the November 8 ballot for Fairfax County Chairman. I am honored the Independent Green Party trusts me to address their concerns. Thank you for letting me share. Vote on November 8. A. Will Radle, Jr. (I) Independent Candidate for Chairman, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com 571-358-9711
George October 21, 2011 at 06:44 PM
Gratuitous conclusions unsupported by facts without distortion by personal feelings or prejudices, sophomoric reasoning, and a mind blowing hypocritical carving out of second amendment rights for interlocutors of the favored, while excluding the same right to free speech by one who differs in a point of view appears to make most of these comments an observation of a cesspool of small minds. While the Second Amendment prohibits the Government from abridging protected speech of the citizen there is no such rule to protect against the hypocrite who crows from the fence to a momentarily captured audience. Consider getting a life and getting in touch with your own brand of religion; whatever its flavor it is sure to contain teachings on procreation. George

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