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Gov. Glenn Youngkin opposes gay marriage but thinks doxing teenagers on Twitter is OK

Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia is having a hell of a week and he has nobody to blame but himself.

It all started on Saturday when the antigay Republican’s campaign attacked a 17-year-old on Twitter, doxing the minor by sharing his name and photo after he called out Youngkin for trying to erase history.

The high school student retweeted a news story that suggested Youngkin was quashing efforts pursued under two previous governors to highlight the history of enslaved people at the governor’s mansion.

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“Team Youngkin,” the official Twitter account for the governor’s campaign, quickly went on the defensive by posting a photo of the teenager with former Gov. Ralph Northam at a Democratic fundraiser last October.

“Here’s a picture of [teenager’s name] with a man that had a Blackface/KKK photo in his yearbook,” the campaign tweeted, along with the October photo alongside a racist picture from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook that resurfaced in 2019.

Almost immediately, people called Youngkin out for doxing a minor and promoting “a culture of toxicity”. Team Youngkin eventually deleted the tweet, but not before every major media outlet had already covered the story.

Speaking to the Washington Post over the weekend, the teenager said, “A governor’s campaign account has attacked a minor – to me that was a new low … it was up for over 12 hours. I received no apology, no communication, nothing.”

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Then yesterday, two days after the tweet had gone out, Youngkin finally issued a statement, blaming the whole thing on a staffer who he claims wasn’t authorized to tweet from the account.

“On Saturday night, an unauthorized tweet came from a campaign account,” he wrote. “I regret that this happened and it shouldn’t have. I have addressed it with my team. We must continue to work to bring Virginians together. There is so much more that unites us than divides us.”

While running for governor in 2021, Youngkin largely avoided talking about LGBTQ issues, although he did tell the Associated Press that he feels “called to love everyone.” When asked whether he supports for same-sex marriage, however, he said no then abruptly ended the interview.

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Afterwards, President Obama, speaking at a rally for Youngkin’s Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, said, “Are we still arguing about gay marriage? Really? I thought that was pretty clearly the right thing to do.”

Here’s how people are responding to Youngkin’s non-apology…

Graham Gremore is the Features Editor and a Staff Writer at Queerty. Follow him on Twitter @grahamgremore.