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Is Charleston Ready For An Openly Gay Mayor?

MAYBE? News flash: Ginny Deerin is gay. She’s not trying to hide it, but sources close to the Charleston mayoral race – in which Deerin is vying against fifth-term S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis – tell us she’s not exactly trying to emphasize her lesbian lifestyle either. Specifically, Deerin and her former…

MAYBE?

News flash: Ginny Deerin is gay.

She’s not trying to hide it, but sources close to the Charleston mayoral race – in which Deerin is vying against fifth-term S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis – tell us she’s not exactly trying to emphasize her lesbian lifestyle either.

Specifically, Deerin and her former girlfriend – ex-U.S. congressional candidate Linda Ketner – have reportedly been “taking a break” during Deerin’s 2015 mayoral bid.

How come?

“Charleston is progressive but not that progressive,” a source close to the race told us.

Interesting …

Unlike the socially conservative Upstate – where an openly gay candidate would be dead in the water – Deerin isn’t likely to be penalized by more libertarian-leaning, socially liberal Charleston voters.

But as our source indicated, black churches still play a huge role in Holy City politics – and they’re not exactly keen on alternative lifestyles.

“Saying (you’re a lesbian) and toting your lover around are different,” our source said, theorizing the latter approach “would make it much more difficult for her to run.”

To Deerin’s credit – and the credit of Stavrinakis and her other opponents – the issue simply hasn’t come up during the race.  It’s been nasty, don’t get us wrong, but not on that issue.  In fact we attempted to get several of Stavrinakis’ campaign staff to address the issue and were brusquely rebuffed.

“Absolutely not,” Stavrinakis consultant Tyler Jones told FITS when asked to comment how whether Deerin’s sexuality might impact the race.  “And I don’t want to be in any story associated with that issue or question.”

Stavrinakis’ campaign manager Lachlan McIntosh refused to respond to our request for comment.

Our view?

We don’t care if Deerin’s gay.  We care that she’s a liberal – leading the charge for tax hikes all over the state (not just in the municipality she wants to govern).  And we don’t especially care whether she wishes to emphasize or deemphasize her sexual preference – that’s up to her.

But to pretend that voters – especially socially conservative black voters – aren’t paying attention to it at all is crazy.

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80 comments

tomstickler October 20, 2015 at 5:35 pm

So much for Tyler Jones’ wishes not to be associated with any story on that issue.

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Will Folks aka Sic October 21, 2015 at 8:04 am

Tyler is a pro. He knows the rules of the game.

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Tazmaniac October 20, 2015 at 5:44 pm

“But as our source indicated, black churches still play a huge role in Holy City politics – and they’re not exactly keen on alternative lifestyles.”

So why have they turned a blind eye toward Obama’s about faces and policy changes? Hmmmmmmm…….

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Bible Thumper October 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Makes no difference to me, but win or lose Linda will be all over the place election night after the polls close. Maria Belen Chapur all over again.

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:43 pm

I like Maria. She’s hot. Could we get a video of the gay candidate and Maria together. That would be worth some pesos.

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GrandTango October 20, 2015 at 5:50 pm

Me and flip are voting for her!

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Can'tMakeThisStuffUp October 20, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Kinda like putting a frog in a pot and gradually turning up to boiling temperature. No one really notices until we are a Sodom and Gomorrah repeat. First homosexual marriage is ok, untethered sex (hook-ups) are the norm; then plural marriage is ok; then sexually active 16 year olds is ok; then sexually active 15 year olds is ok…

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flip October 20, 2015 at 6:23 pm

You got it and they are the most intolerant perverts….wanting to shove this shit down every communities throats…they are less than 2% of the population…

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Halfvast Conspirator October 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

The lesbians aren’t shoving anything down your throat

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The Colonel October 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

You’ve never heard of a strap on?

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:42 pm

But you have to ask nicely.

Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Ain’t no one shoving any thing down your throat – unless you ask nicely.

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flip October 21, 2015 at 6:43 am

Rocky that sure wasn’t nice.Really 3rd world bitch mentality.

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Squishy123 October 20, 2015 at 7:05 pm

Hell it sounds just like the good ol’ days when grandma was married at 14 and knocked up at 15. Now if we can get Cletus to sing us a tune we’ll be okay.

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:42 pm

Lighten up. What do you care if she likes it with women. At least the two of you would have something in common – I hope.

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Can'tMakeThisStuffUp October 21, 2015 at 9:38 am

Don’t be a fool. The LGBTQ has an agenda. Do your homework. And stop trying to be cool and hipster by “accepting” sexual deviants to be your elected leaders.

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mamatiger92 October 21, 2015 at 9:41 am

Christian conservatives have an agenda, as well.
“Sexual deviants” per whom? By whose criteria?

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Mom October 21, 2015 at 9:49 am

Well, for one thing they want to destroy bakers who do not wish to be involved in a homosexual marriage.

Rocky Verdad October 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

Yeast-gate!!!!

mamatiger92 October 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

The bakers made the choice, now they must live with the consequences of that choice. People who disagree will take their business elsewhere. That’s how it works. No different than when Christian groups call for boycotts of businesses or companies that they feel support anti-Christian policies.

erneba October 20, 2015 at 6:07 pm

Who cares what she does with a female?
She probably does what male would do.
Sucka da tit… Lickedy da split…kiss a da clit.
Probably should not have posted that….

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flip October 20, 2015 at 6:21 pm

I understand not getting into anybody’s personal life-HOWEVER this radical gay marriage and LGBT gang seek to destroy ANY private business and eliminate religious liberties for ALL that disagree with them.

I would consider voting for a gay person if they were fiscally/socially conservative on issues important to me but NEVER while they threaten and blackmail those that don’t believe in their perversion.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 20, 2015 at 7:40 pm

But it’s ok when the churchies try and dictate how the gays live and what privs/rights they can enjoy vs what us straights can, eh?

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flip October 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Who is dictating how gays live? What rights they have?

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CorruptionInColumbia October 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm

The churchies who seemingly believed that the world would end if gays got married so they could enjoy privs like being “next of kin” if their partner were sick or dying, got to take dependant sick leave to care for an ailing partner, or maybe Social Security bennies for their partner if they died. These are all things we get to have but they were frequently denied because they couldn’t have “married” status with their partners.

Can'tMakeThisStuffUp October 21, 2015 at 10:52 am

1. “Next of Kin” documents are easily obtained for single people.
2. Social Security was intended for old widows who otherwise would have starved to death. Nowadays, women can make a living for themselves and save for retirement without having to depend on husbands. As much as you want to think it is a retirement savings plan, that was not the original purpose.

CorruptionInColumbia October 21, 2015 at 10:59 am

True on the original purpose of Social Security but it has become something more. I know a good number of women who were able draw SS of of their deceased husband’s account, meaning more income, because their husband would have made more in SS benefits due to having made more money during his working years.

Heck, I know one woman eho fid this and she had been divorced from her husband for ten years when he died. It was all legal and above board.

The problem is with the system the churchies advocated not being equitable for everyone.

Quietus October 21, 2015 at 1:28 pm

As long as you are married at 10 or longer then as far as the SSA is concerned you were married your entire life and you can draw at will. I know one person that got divorced and was at 9 years 11 months and some number of days that made sure their attorney drug the process out long enough to make it hit 10. It works both ways so the other spouse is just as likely to be able to use it since both work decent jobs that pay reasonably well so it’ll just be who makes the most at the end that determines which set of benefits are best.

flip October 20, 2015 at 8:03 pm

They tell me however if I disagree with their perversion and won’t rent em an apartment because I don’t won’t the shit around my grand kids-they will sue me.

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Squishy123 October 20, 2015 at 7:04 pm

Why does your mom read Fitsnews?

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Tazmaniac October 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm

Punctuation, is, everything!

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Squishy123 October 21, 2015 at 9:04 am

Commas are over-used and over-rated.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 20, 2015 at 8:14 pm

That’s why I like lesbians. They’re chicks, but they like the same things we do. Years ago when I was younger, I took a lesbian friend to lunch at the mall for her birthday. It was where she wanted to eat. As we dined, this tall, leggy, gorgeous blonde chick in a short skirt walked by. We both said together, “I’ll flip you for her.” Then we talked about just flipping her and taking turns.

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Jackie Chiles October 20, 2015 at 11:07 pm

Sounds like you need some re education on how to treat women. They’re not just sex objects.

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Mike at the Beach October 21, 2015 at 12:12 am

Point of order…what if the woman specifically *requests* to be treated as a sex object, if only for an hour or two? Just checkin’…

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SCBlues October 21, 2015 at 8:15 am

What is she chooses not to? Just checkin’ . . . .

Mike at the Beach October 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm

That’s easy…she gets scratched off of the list, and we move along.

I keed, I keed! ;-)

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shifty henry October 20, 2015 at 8:59 pm

No, that’s good — just give us ALL of the verses!

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Jen October 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Having Lachlan McIntosh involved with your campaign is a guarantee of defeat.

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Manray9 October 20, 2015 at 6:49 pm

Charleston is progressive? In which universe?

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vicupstate October 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Actually, compared to the rest of the state (other than Columbia proper) it is.

Charleston County voted for Linda Ketner (a lesbian) for Congress and also for an outed gay Solicitor. It was votes in other counties that cost those two their respective elections.

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Manray9 October 20, 2015 at 10:13 pm

As you wrote yourself — they lost. Charcoal gray is light when compared to black.

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vicupstate October 21, 2015 at 8:22 am

They didn’t lose in Charleston County. And both were very close races even with the other counties included.

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Squishy123 October 21, 2015 at 12:49 pm

You don’t T-Rav?

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Squishy123 October 20, 2015 at 7:03 pm

Hell they put on the biggest gayfest in the Southeast… Spolato.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 20, 2015 at 7:38 pm

Good point!

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shifty henry October 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Uuuhh, Squishy, perhaps “GELATO” is the more appropriate name you’re looking for. “SPOLETO” is the performing arts festival.

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Squishy123 October 21, 2015 at 9:03 am

Somehow I’m not surprised that you knew the proper spelling. “performing arts festival” = “fagfest”

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shifty henry October 21, 2015 at 9:16 am

Spoleto starts its promotions six months in advance. The damned name is everywhere like a Disney World ad. That Kardashian group got their ideas for self-promotion from it.

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CorruptionInColumbia October 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

I don’t have a problem with her being gay, I have a problem with her being such a total (c-word), like most other high profile female politicians in this state. Also, she’s friends with Jenny Sanford, who wrote the book on how to be a (c-word).

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flip October 20, 2015 at 8:07 pm

Good points.

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:39 pm

Oh, she’s out. I don’t want any Jenny friends running a great city. She’s a mean spirited hag. But I’d vote for Maria.

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Speak D Truth October 20, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Charleston is the San Francisco of the Southeast.

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Tazmaniac October 20, 2015 at 10:28 pm

I’m afraid they can’t hold a candle to Key West.

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:47 pm

Florida isn’t considered part of the south. The Mason Dixon line returns back inland at the St. Johns River.

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Sailor October 20, 2015 at 8:41 pm

I’m from Ontario (that’s in Canada) and we’ve got a lesbian premier (same as your Gov.). Nobody gives a shit who she sleeps with, we only wish she knew how to govern without breaking the bank!

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:37 pm

How about that Toronto mayor? Is he still in office or rehab? Ya get the feeling we sent him there from Buffalo to just fook with ya’ – and learn to say aboot.

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Pay2Play October 20, 2015 at 9:46 pm

So, Will, did her last check to you bounce?

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Todd October 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm

Would totally vote for a gay candidate. Not a woman though. Either buy the cow or get the milk for free, but dont put the cow in charge of anything.

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The Colonel October 20, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Les be honest here, whether you’re a Greek lass from the Isle of Sappho or a sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania it makes no difference to the voters, all they’re looking for is good government.

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Guess she’s South of Broad? Get it, south, of the broad? He thinks she hangs out at that Bar at Meeting and Queen. Her toys require she lives on the Battery?

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You lie! October 20, 2015 at 10:02 pm

So she was a fiscal conservative when she ran for statewide office, but now she’s a tax and spend liberal running in Charleston. Which is it? Maybe she just says what she thinks will get her elected.

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:40 pm

You mean she’s really bi-taxual.

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:35 pm

Damned straight we are.

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Limbaughsaphatkhunt October 20, 2015 at 10:41 pm

Captain Obvious here…does it matter what her sexual orientation is?

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Rocky Verdad October 20, 2015 at 10:44 pm

No, but us guys are lovin’ it.

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mamatiger92 October 21, 2015 at 8:24 am

Thank you!!

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stumpknocker October 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm

vagitarians and felacionados just other cars filling up the freeway of life

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Queerlyspeaking October 20, 2015 at 11:29 pm

Looks like Genna Deerin got a damn good deal in Linda Ketner. just saying

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Pat B October 21, 2015 at 2:48 am

Batesburg-Leesville already has a lesbian mayor. Why not Charleston?

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GOB October 21, 2015 at 8:43 am

Linda Ketner’s family started Food Lion and has TONS of money and connections. Most likely she is the main fundraiser for Ginny Deerin. I can’t imagine Deerin getting that kind of dough on her own. However, I give her credit, she pulled the wool over Billy Morris’ eyes when she sold him Skirt Magazine!

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Philip Branton October 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Verify…..2.0

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Krazy Kat October 21, 2015 at 9:15 am

Go back to Beirut !!

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go for it! October 21, 2015 at 9:54 am

Here, here! We are told to love and accept the political Jesus Cheaters. What’s wrong with accepting another member of God’s flock? Is there a chance they might have better ethics, leadership, and governing skills?

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bamburger October 21, 2015 at 10:17 am

No matter what she says or does, Leon has this race won. Guaranteed.

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Philip Branton October 21, 2015 at 3:32 pm

Not so fast Bammer……….dare to wonder just how much energy the actual CITY of Charleston produces locally…? Dare to wonder where all that city trash is trucked too..? Ginny can take Leon to the woodshed…!! If she really wants too….

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People of Charleston October 21, 2015 at 4:42 pm

Charleston desperately needs a gay mayor.

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Lone Ranger October 22, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Whaaat?…Charleston?…Charleston who gave us Tax-And-Spend-Joe Riley—that one?
And whose voters were corrupt enough to actually re-elect Tim Scott—worthless SOG?
Charleston who keeps breathing life into serial adultering, lying Sanford—that town?
Why yes they’re ready in the UNholy city…Sodom and Gomorrah IS their…ground !!!

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Louie Bouy October 26, 2015 at 8:49 am

Ha! They may be cordial to her in public, but they won’t vote for her. One rainbow row is enough for Charleston.

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