October 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Homophobia prompts judge to leave GOP
Carlo Key, Texas, San Antonio, gay news, Washington Blade

Judge Carlo Key renounced the Republican Party in a video posted to YouTube. (Screen capture courtesy of YouTube)

SAN ANTONIO—A Texas judge on Oct. 21 cited homophobia within the Republican Party as among the reasons that prompted him to leave the GOP.

“Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination,” Bexar County Court-at-Law Judge Carlo Key said in a video posted to his re-election campaign’s website. “Pragmatism and principal have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry.”

Key specifically highlighted former San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan, who described LGBT Texans as “disgusting” before she resigned in August to challenge state Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), in his video.

“I cannot tolerate a political party that demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin or their economic status,” Key said. “I will not be a member of a party in which hate speech elevates candidates for higher office, rather than disqualifying them.”

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