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posted Friday, October 25 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 43
Texas judge quits GOP over social issues
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Texas judge quits GOP over social issues

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Texas judge running for re-election in Bexar County, which includes San Antonio, has publicly split with the Republican Party over the GOP's record on social issues.

Judge Carlo Key said in a campaign video that he could no longer support a party that 'demeans Texans based on their sexual orientation, the color of their skin, or their economic status.'

'For too long, the Republican Party has been at war with itself,' he added. 'Rational Republican beliefs have given way to ideological character assassination. Pragmatism and principle have been overtaken by pettiness and bigotry.'

Justice can only be served, Key says in the video, 'without prejudice towards race, color, creed, or whom you choose to love.'

REWARDING HATE SPEECH
LGBT rights have become an issue in Bexar County because of the efforts of Republican San Antonio City Council member Elisa Chan to repeal the city's ordinance protecting sexual orientation and gender identity.

Chan, who is now running for the state Senate, was quoted using ugly terms to describe LGBT people, calling them 'disgusting' and 'unfit to be parents.' Key said he could not be in a party that allows 'hate speech to elevate someone to higher office rather than disqualifying them.'

Key said he was also motivated to switch parties by the recent government shutdown.

'I cannot place my name on the ballot of the political party that is proud to destroy the lives of hundreds of thousands of federal workers over the vain attempt to repeal a law that would provide health care for millions of people throughout our country,' he said.

'As the smallest minds continue to make the loudest noise in the Republican Party, true leaders will be driven by their principles and values to become Texas Democrats.'

SUPPORTS WENDY DAVIS
Texas political reporters had been speculating for months that Key would jump ship after he was spotted at a fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis.

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa accepted Key with open arms.

'I'm proud to welcome Carlo today, because our party - the Texas Democratic Party - welcomes anyone ready to fight for a better future for all Texans,' he said.

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