Steve Pankey

A gay candidate is running for governor of Idaho. And, no, it’s not the state’s former Sen. Larry “Wide Stance” Craig.

According to the Twins Falls Times-News, Steve Pankey is the candidate for governor on the state’s Constitution Party, which broke away from the Republican Party earlier this year. The party tried to rescind its nomination of Pankey when he mentioned he was gay in a letter of support for same-sex marriage to the attorney general.

Pankey claims he’s celibate.

Unfortunately, an anti-gay plank tops the party’s main platform. “Lost under the assault of homosexual radicals,” is the main headline on the party’s website. The party tried to have Pankey removed from the ballot, but the state’s attorney general told them it was too late.So the gay candidate will represent the anti-gay party on the ballot in November.

At the convention, Pankey told delegates he didn’t remember writing the letter dated May 20, 2014.

The party platform says, “The law of our Creator defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. The marriage covenant is the foundation of the family. We affirm therefore that no government may authorize or define marriage or family relations contrary to what God has instituted.”

In a message to its supporters, the party wrote: “His [Panky’s] actions in support of so-called ‘same sex marriage,’ both directly and indirectly, discretely and indiscreetly, are in outright contravention of the clearly expressed Platform of the Constitution Party of Idaho regarding actual marriage.