On Facebook, Stickland Appeared to Back Gay Marriage

Editor's note: This story has been updated to note an email from Michael Watts.

Andy Cargile, a candidate for the Republican nomination in House District 92, on Monday circulated Facebook comments from 2011 in which the incumbent, state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, appears to speak in favor of union rights and gay marriage, and bashes Rush Limbaugh, Fox News and his local public school district.

In the comments, which were published shortly before Stickland rose from obscurity to a prominent place in the state's Tea Party constellation, he also appears to call other commenters “retarded liberals." In the ...

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