One of the time-honored traditions of political campaigns is the dissemination of candidate questionnaires to candidates for office by the various interest groups representing various constituencies across the state. Among the organizations sending out questionnaires to candidates this year is Equality Wisconsin, an organization that has been working to win concrete legislative improvements in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Wisconsin since 2001.
Recently it came to my attention that Millie Coby, one of the four Democrats vying for the seat left vacant when Elizabeth Coggs, that district’s incumbent representative, chose isntead to run for the State Senate, had a rather peculiar answer to one of the questions on her Equality Wisconsin Candidate Survey.
Here’s the question and Millie Coby’s answer.
To be honest, I’m not entirely sure what same-sex couples wanting to adopt children has to do with pedophiles, but the response by Coby certainly could lead some to believe that she associates same-sex couples with pedophilia.
In response to Coby’s response to question #3 of their candidate survey, Equality Wisconsin issued a statement explaining their decision to release the questionnaire for scrutiny.
“Equality Wisconsin has a long history of intersectional work with other progressive organizations that cross all racial and ethnic lines,” said Jason Burns Executive Director of Equality Wisconsin. “However, when a candidate for office completes a survey that is filled with disgusting responses we feel compelled to make the community at large aware of these statements. Drawing a line between LGBT couples who want to adopt and pedophilia is not only offensive but it is also a dangerous and inaccurate comparison.”
I made several attempts to contact Millie Coby for some clarification regarding her response to the question #3 on her candidate survey for Equality Wisconsin, but Coby did not respond to any of my attempts to contact her.