The following statement was released by Bay State Stonewall Democrats on August 15, 2020:
We condemn the unsubstantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against Alex Morse, an openly gay candidate, admittedly raised by members of the College Democrats of Massachusetts and UMass Democrats, allegedly with the advice of leadership of the Massachusetts Democratic Party. We are outraged by these developments and call into question the ethical standards, moral judgment, and basic humanity of any leader responsible for this egregious and homophobic plan to do irreparable damage to the Morse Campaign and to the character of Mayor Alex Morse himself.
The alleged months-long effort by individuals in CDMA to gaybait, entrap, and lure Mayor Morse into compromising, embarrassing, or politically taboo situations is an unacceptable, yet familiar, homophobic tactic that is maliciously damaging. To his credit, Mayor Morse did not take the bait, which speaks to the strength of his character.
We call for an independent investigation of all individuals involved in any way and for the immediate resignation, suspension, or removal of individuals responsible for, or with participation or knowledge of, this unprecedented abuse of power. That includes any party involved from the College Democrats of Massachusetts, the Democratic State Committee and Democratic Party.
These reckless attacks on an LGBTQ+ candidate perpetuated homophobic tropes that our community, especially gay men, are well familiar with and experience too often. The inappropriate labeling of gay men, especially those engaging in consensual relationships regardless of age differences, as sexually perverse and predatory can have chilling and detrimental effects on the LGBTQ+ community including current and future candidates, elected officials, and those serving in civic life.
Note: The writer is a proud member of Bay State Stonewall Democrats.