Victoria Peterson is Grumpy, Misguided.


For those of you following the Duke rape case, you’re probably familiar with Victoria Peterson, the punchy, not-so-lovable Citizen’s Committee co-chair for Durham DA Mike Nifong, who is up for reelection. While we’re not particularly interested in the case, we are interested in Peterson’s comments regarding health insurance for same-sex couples.

Many of them are infected with diseases, and their lifestyles are very, very dangerous,” Peterson informed the county commission. “Many don’t live to be senior citizens. Who’s going to pay this expense if they get sick in their gay lifestyle?” And if “they [gays and lesbians] are not infected with diseases . . . they will be, even women.

It seems Peterson didn’t get the Center for Disease Control memo that in North Carolina:

In 2003, women constituted 28% of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases in the United States; approximately 69% of those cases were among non-Hispanic black women. Heterosexual transmission is now the most commonly reported mode of HIV transmission among women.

I suppose it’s not important when you’re saying things like, “I’m not trying to be rude…” [right] “…[But] If this is approved in Durham County, we’re going to have gays coming from all over the country. It’s going to be a burdensome expense on taxpayers…Who is going to pay for this if they become sick in their gay lifestyle?”

What a sweet, obviously confused woman.

Nifong’s Strange Bedfellow [Durham-in-Wonderland]

HIV Transmission in Black Women – North Carolina, 2004 [CDC]