November 18, 2014 at 6:30 pm EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Hogan adviser described gay sex as ‘mortal sin’
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A member of the Larry Hogan transition team in 2012 described gay sex as a “mortal sin” ahead of the referendum on the state’s same-sex marriage law. (Photo by Marrh2; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

A member of Maryland Gov.-elect Larry Hogan’s transition described gay sex as “a mortal sin” in a 2012 op-ed that urged residents to vote against the state’s same-sex marriage law.

The Gazette newspapers published Blair Lee’s op-ed on Oct. 26, 2012, less than a week before voters upheld the state’s same-sex marriage law in a referendum.

“Without apology, I’m voting ‘no,’” wrote Lee. “My faith, Roman Catholic, teaches that homosexual sex is a mortal sin and, in my view, gay sex (two men engaged in anal intercourse) doesn’t rise to the dignity of marriage. To maintain a 2,000-year-old moral tradition, vote ‘no.’”

Lee further described marriage rights for same-sex couples as “ground zero in the culture wars between organized religion (and what’s left of our traditional values) versus the secular left.”

“Proponents argue that it’s a civil rights issue, that they have homosexual friends and family, that gay marriage doesn’t personally affect them or that the only way to appease the gay lobby is to redefine marriage,” he wrote.

Lee, a Montgomery County Democrat, is the son of former Acting Gov. Blair Lee, III.

He defended his 2012 comments on Tuesday during a telephone interview with the Washington Blade.

“That was my position then, that’s my position now,” he said.

Lee told the Blade that he accepts the fact that Maryland voters approved the marriage law during the 2012 referendum.

“I voted against it, but now it’s the law and so the people have spoken,” he said. “It went to referendum. I understand that. I accept that.”

Hogan on Monday formally announced he had tapped Lee to join his transition team. Lee told the Blade he will serve as a general adviser to the Republican governor-elect “with no specific area.”

Hogan earlier this month stunned political observers when he defeated Lieutenant Gov. Anthony Brown in the state’s hotly contested gubernatorial race.

Hogan said during an August interview that his position on marriage rights for same-sex couples had “evolved.” He also said he would not seek to repeal Maryland’s gay nuptials law.

“Both Hogan and myself have said it’s settled law, it’s not at issue,” Lee told the Blade. “It’s not part of his thinking or my thinking on the transition team to reopen that issue and not only have the people spoken, but the Assembly has spoken so even if Gov. Hogan wanted to, he could not repeal that law because it would not even get out of committee.”

“You’re kind of dredging up old news,” he added. “I don’t think this is a live issue that it is at all in controversy right now.”

Hogan did not respond to the Blade’s request for comment.

Gregory T. Angelo, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, which spoke with Hogan’s campaign before its marriage announcement over the summer, told the Blade on Tuesday that Lee’s previous comments are “an absolute non-starter.”

“Unless Mr. Lee is an adviser to governor-elect Hogan on social issues, this is an absolute non-starter,” said Angelo. “The real story here is that a declared marriage equality opponent is fully supporting an elected Republican supporter of marriage equality.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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