While homosexuals are increasingly obtaining rights here in the United States, thanks in part to a more liberal government that’s in place, not everyone is jumping for joy over these changes. Sparked by recent events taking place, which include the legalization of gay marriage, and the recent fiasco centering around Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a new mayoral candidate is seeking election in a tiny North Carolina town called Kings Mountain.
The candidate? Mr. Eugene ‘Sherlock’ Holmes, who’s running on one primary ideology and that is to eradicate homosexuality, while jailing all those who are gay.
“In my administration I would do just like Mrs. Davis did in Kentucky,” Holmes told the Kings Mountain Herald. “If you elect me, I’ll uphold the law of the state of North Carolina. I would get the D.A. to swear out a warrant on any man who says he’s gay. Sodomy is a crime, a felony in the state of North Carolina. What’s wrong with eradicating homosexuals? We should jail them, throw them all in jail!
A suburb of Charlotte, Kings Mountain has a population of approximately 10,000 people, who for the most part are Republicans. What Holmes has failed to realize is that the Supreme Court ruling back in June legalizing gay marriage supersedes any state legislature against homosexuality, so although he can claim that he will incarcerate those who are gay, he really would have no authority what-so-ever to do so.
“The mayor doesn’t do much, in my eyes,” Holmes said. “He just collects a paycheck. But (incumbent mayor Rick Murphrey) hasn’t had any competition in the other elections and I wanted to see what I could do. If I’m elected, it will be we the people who run the show.”
Holmes, a 77-year-old Korean War veteran, who four years ago was ordered to receive two months of psychiatric treatment at a state operated health care center after being told that he was suffering from ‘religious hallucinations,’ has quite a colorful history. Back in 1985 Holmes was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of a larceny charge, of which he served four and a half years of. Additionally he was arrested just five months ago after attempting to make a citizen’s arrest at a local church after shouting out numerous anti-gay slurs.
This is not Holmes’ first attempt at public office. Just last year he filed to run for the 111th district of the North Carolina House of Representatives. Unfortunately for him, his filing was rejected by the state because of that prior felony conviction.
While it’s very doubtful that Holmes will succeed in this race, it’s a certainty that even if he does win, he will not be throwing any homosexuals into jail any time soon.