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Clayton, Campfield Hold Joint News Conference

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — An embattled nominee for the U.S. Senate is turning to a Republican state senator to try to underscore his Democratic credentials.
Mark Clayton, who was disavowed by the state Democratic Party after winning the primary because of his anti-gay stance, held a news conference in Nashville on Monday with Republican state Sen. Stacey Campfield.
Campfield, the sponsor of a bill seeking to bar teaching about gay issues, told reporters that he had previously tried, but failed, to recruit Clayton to run as a Republican. Campfield said he wasn’t endorsing Clayton.
Clayton is vice president of Falls Church, Va.-based Public Advocate of the United States, deemed a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Clayton showed reporters a certificate of appreciation he received from the organization.

Here’s a Campfield quote via WPLN:
“Listen, if it’s wrong to say we need more pro-life, pro-family, pro-traditional family Democrats, if that’s wrong then I don’t want to be right. Those are the things that Mark holds and that he truly believes.”

Father of Murdered Youth Decries ‘Open Season’ Attitude Toward Gays

The father of a murdered University of Wyoming student said Wednesday that Tennessee’s legislators appear to be creating a policy of “open season” on homosexuals through bills introduced and comments made.
“These bills disturb me, just the fact that they’ve been brought to the forefront and there’s so much publicity about them,” Dennis Shepard said at a Legislative Plaza news conference.
He noted that two Middle Tennessee teenagers have committed suicide in recent weeks and that relatives believe they were the target of bullying because they were gay.
“I’m concerned about the kids,” Shepard said. “.We’ve lost two in the last 30 days. We’ll never know what those two young men could have done to help the city, the state and the country.”
Shepard’s son, Matthew, was tortured and killed in 1998 after being chosen as a victim because of his sexual orientation, according to his father and testimony at the trial of those accused in the slaying. Dennis Shepard and his wife have since set up a foundation, named after their son, that among other things promotes enactment of “hate crimes” legislation that covers attacks based on sexual orientation.

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