Republican issues ‘agenda alert’ after local newspaper hires married gay editor

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A Republican state congressman in Michigan has warned supporters – after his local newspaper hired a married gay editor.

Gary Glenn, who sits in the Michigan House of Representatives, took to Facebook to complain after the Midland Daily News promoted Tony Lascari to editor.

The state lawmaker warned: “Agenda Alert — Midland Daily News’ new news editor: political science major who ‘lives in Midland with (his) husband’.”

Mr Lascari told MLive: “I am aware that Michigan Rep. Glenn has issued an ‘agenda alert’ on Facebook and Twitter to let his supporters know about my marital status.

“I welcome him to contact me to speak about any topic at any time.

“In my new role as news editor at the Midland Daily News I look forward to helping my team produce quality stories that are accurate, interesting and important.”

However, Glenn rejected criticism of his actions, saying he had a right to make sure the newspaper “represents our community’s values.”

He said: “I posted the paper’s own report – without comment or criticism – except to alert readers to the reasonably observed possibility that this new position might be used to promote a political agenda or bias that’s at odds with our community’s values.”