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Gay groups ask DeMint to apologize for teacher comment during debate

(Charleston-AP) Oct. 5, 2004 - Some gay organizations want an apology from US Senate candidate Jim DeMint after he said during a debate Sunday  that gays and lesbians should not be teaching in the state's public schools.

The Upstate Republican Congressman made the comment during a debate at the College of Charleston with Democratic challenger and South Carolina Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum.

When the two were questioned about a state Republican Party platform item that says gays should not teach in public schools, DeMint said he supports it. He says government should not endorse particular behaviors. Tenenbaum said that is a really bad thing and just un-American.

One request for an apology came from the Log Cabin Republicans, a national organization of gay conservatives.

Former Charleston County proseuctor David Schwacke, who leads the Charleston chapter, says at a minimum DeMint should issue a formal apology.

DeMint's comment came a week after a DeMint staffer was reprimanded for using a slur about lesbians in an e-mail.

Tenenbaum and DeMint will debate at WIS studios on October 18th. WIS encourages you to submit a question that may be used in the debate.

The two are seeking to replace retiring Democrat Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, who has held the seat since 1966.

posted 12:36pm by Chris Rees

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