Family values political campaigning traditionally has been propagated by religious-right candidates pushing the Defense of Marriage Act, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and restrictions on gay parenting. San Francisco mayoral hopeful Bevan Dufty has turned the family values tradition inside out.
Openly gay, and a father, Dufty may be the first non-heterosexual politician in American history to campaign on the charms of his daughter. Dufty brought baby Sidney into the world with the aid of a lesbian friend in 2006. The child’s cuteness has blossomed just in time to costar with Dad in an ad that has circulated far beyond its initial media buy.
Finally, the monopoly of straight, married politicians on parading progeny for voter approval has been broken. Is the political landscape a leveler playing field? If so, does that fairness compensate for the impacted childhood experiences of kids who are dangled as vote bait by candidate parents?