This time, its yet another masculinity-challenged, anti-gay man with a loooooooooooooooooong track record of making a living doing nothing productive for society. In other words, he’s a professional anti-gay mouthpiece.
This is Andrew Pugno.
And this is some of his handiwork:
The party designations were a bit unusual in that case, but in case its unclear: Pugno represented the anti-constitutionist christofascist horde known as the Alliance Defense Fund – which was defending the anti-gay Proposition 8.
But he apparently wants the electorate of a California Assembly district to magically not connect that to him.
[Y]ou would never know Pugno’s stance on issues such as gay rights and abortion based on his campaign website. The lawyer is running for state Assembly in District 5, which includes parts of eastern Sacramento County, Arden Arcade and Folsom, as a small-government proponent. But if his political activity over the past decade is any indication, Pugno—attorney on behalf of Proposition 8 and long-standing anti-abortion advocate—is anything but a run-of-the-mill conservative.At the Pugno protest, Elizabeth Pataki, a retired nurse and member of the CNA, said that most voters don’t know his history of opposing abortion in all circumstances, including rape, incest or to save the life of a pregnant woman. “His position is really extreme,” Pataki said. “Choice belongs to the patient, not the Legislature.”
Of course, there are many far-right Republican candidates running nationally who argue that all abortions should be outlawed. U.S. Senate candidates on the Republican ticket in Alaska, Colorado, Tennessee, Delaware and even neighboring Nevada all support a ban of abortion with no exceptions. But unlike those candidates, Pugno is from California, a traditionally moderate state. And also unlike those candidates, Pugno has actively spent most of his professional life fighting against abortion and gay rights.
As Sacramento Life Center board of directors vice president, Pugno represents a “crisis pregnancy center” that provides pregnancy tests, nondiagnostic ultrasounds, referrals to services that won’t terminate a pregnancy, and counseling designed to encourage adoption or parenting. SLC does not, though, offer obstetric and gynecological services, nor does it provide any form of contraceptives. The centers only solution to preventing unwanted pregnancy is abstinence….
Still, Pugno made his biggest mark on California in the arena of marriage equality as one of the authors of Proposition 8, the initiative passed by voters in 2008 that made same-sex marriages illegal in California. Prop. 8 was recently ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, and Pugno is one of the lawyers defending the initiative as the case makes its way through the federal courts.
But Pugno does not discuss his careers as a Prop. 8 and pro-life supporter.
“It’s kind of odd that he doesn’t mention [his anti-gay-rights work], considering that’s all that he’s been doing for the last 15 years,” said Chris Moore, president of the Sacramento Stonewall Democrats, who are so opposed to Pugno’s candidacy that they’ve set up a website, www.stopandrewpugno.com.
In other news, Pugno emphatically denied that he’s a witch but he refused to confirm or deny that he spends his spare time at home alone wearing an exact duplicate of the dress that Masturbation Mama has worn in her commercials.