In an interview with Boise’s ABC 6, Gelsomino is practically beaming while describing what a “treat” Idaho is in for:
“Idaho gets to see its first openly gay Republican run for office — and a conservative Republican, too.”
His opponent, Democrat Phyllis King, isn’t concerned with his sexual orientation and expects the race to focus on broader issues than gay rights. However, Idaho is embroiled in a gay rights battle right now. King is the co-sponsor of the “Add The Words” bill, which seeks to add the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act.
In typical Republican fashion, Gelsomino supports the bill but wants to make both religious institutions and federal and state-owned businesses, buildings, or organizations exempt from it.
Yes, you heard that correctly. Gelsomino would be A-OK with his employer having the legal grounds to discriminate against him if it pleases his Republican constituents.
Gelsomino is only 21 years old, so we can definitely chalk some of this up to youth. There’s nothing wrong with diversity in politics, but it’s more than a little disturbing to see a gay man so willing to make concessions when it comes to equal rights.