Reported by David Ferguson of The Raw Story
Idaho’s far-right Constitution Party has ditched its nominee for governor, citing his support for same-sex marriage.
According to Boise Weekly‘s City Desk blog, the party, which spun off from the Idaho GOP, was fine with its candidate’s homosexuality, but broke with him and even tried to exorcise him when he expressed his support for a federal court’s ruling overturning the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
Tensions between the nascent party and its nominee came to a head at the party’s state convention, which was held Aug. 1 and 2 in Cascade. Pankey is a 63-year-old born again Christian who is openly gay, but who says that he has been celibate since he accepted Christ.
On May 20, Pankey wrote a letter to state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden in which he urged Wasden to comply with a federal court’s ruling overturning Idaho’s ban on same-sex marriage…
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