In a recent political twist on Capitol Hill, newly-elected House Speaker Mike Johnson found himself at the center of controversy moments before assuming his role. Despite a party-line vote electing Johnson with a count of 220 to 209, the Democrats chose to nominate House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries for Speaker. It was during this process that Representative Angie Craig, an openly LGBTQ+ member from Minnesota, took the opportunity to make a statement.
As Craig was called upon to express her choice, she not only endorsed Jeffries for the top position but also used her vote to commemorate her 15th wedding anniversary with her wife, Cheryl Greene. With an enthusiastic “Happy wedding anniversary to my wife,” Craig cast her vote, resulting in a standing ovation from her colleagues. Her powerful gesture sent a clear message in light of Johnson’s contentious anti-LGBTQ+ record.
Craig further shared the moment on social media, highlighting her stand against Johnson’s history of opposing same-sex marriage, adoption, and marital benefits. She asserted, “Mike Johnson spent his legal career fighting against same-sex marriage, adoption, and marital benefits. Now he’s brought that fight to Congress.” Her words resonated with many who praised her for speaking out.
Earlier in the day, Craig had posted a heartfelt tribute to her wife on social media, emphasizing her gratitude for their shared journey in life. This act of solidarity and defiance against anti-LGBTQ+ sentiment serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle for LGBTQ+ rights in the political arena.
Mike Johnson’s historical use of strong anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric, including characterizing homosexuality as “inherently unnatural” and “dangerous,” has drawn significant scrutiny. His past editorials raised concerns about the potential legalization of pedophilia and posed threats to the democratic system. Johnson’s history as an attorney and spokesperson for the Alliance Defense Fund, known today as Alliance Defending Freedom, further underscores his opposition to LGBTQ+ rights.
As the LGBTQ+ community continues to advocate for equal rights and representation, Angie Craig’s bold stance and unwavering support for her wife shine as a beacon of hope and resilience in the face of adversity.