Corey Stewart didn’t comment before voting this week against a proclamation declaring June "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and More Pride Month" in Prince William County, but he explained his stance Friday morning.
Stewart, who chairs the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and is the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate said he believes it’s not the government’s role to “condemn or celebrate” the sexual practices of consenting adults.
His vote wasn’t necessarily surprising, as one of the supporters of his current bid for higher office is former Loudoun County Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, who runs the anti-homosexual group Public Advocate of the United States.
But Stewart, who faces incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine in November, said his vote didn’t have anything to do with Delgaudio.
“I make my own calls,” he said.
The Prince William County board voted 5-3 Tuesday in favor of declaring June LGBTQ Pride month for the first in the history of the county.
Three Republicans joined the governing body’s two Democrats in approving the measure. They included Supervisors Maureen Caddigan (Potomac), Pete Candland (Gainesville) and Marty Nohe (Coles). The measure was brought to the board by Supervisor Frank Principi, D-Woodbridge, and supported by Supervisor John Jenkins, D-Neabsco.
Stewart and Supervisors Jeanine Lawson, R-Brentsville, and Ruth Anderson, R-Occoquan, cast the dissenting votes. Lawson and Anderson said they found the proclamation divisive.
Contacted Friday, Lawson said she agreed with Stewart's sentiment.
“The county has matters that are much more important to deal with, such as economic development, transportation and public safety, that affect all our county residents,” she said in a prepared statement.
County proclamations naming certain months for specific causes rarely are controversial, but this one was. Tuesday’s vote came after 21 speakers testified in favor of the measure and nine spoke against it.
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