From Channel 5 in Minnesota:
"The Virginia delegation canceled their order of The Rake magazine's Secrets of the City guide because it includes a section for gays and lesbians. The publication is a guide to various attractions in Minneapolis and St. Paul."
HAHAHAHAHA! Are you serious? Who did this?
"The campaign for Virginia's Lt. Governor Bill Bolling ordered 150 of the guides to give to Virginia delegates as gifts when they arrived in the Twin Cities. But after reviewing the guide and finding it had a six-page section for gays and lesbians, they canceled their order, said AJ Kiefer, The Rake's advertising director."
Original cancellation request e-mail from Melissa Busse, Bolling's political director sent to Tom Bartel, of The Rake:
"I am so terribly sorry to do this, especially when the both of you have been so "out of your way" helpful, generous and easy to work with. But, we need to cancel the order for 150 of the "Secrets of the City" guidebooks.
Thanks for sending a copy to me so expediently, Tom. Upon looking at it, though, having a section dedicated solely to GLBT will be a BIG problem for many of our folks. We simply can't hand them out.
Please still bill us for the copy sent along with shipping, though.
Again, I'm so sorry."
I want to know what they are going to do with the one copy they kept. :)
UPDATE: From Randy Marcus, Chief of Staff to Bolling:
"Here is the background on the guidebooks situation. The guidebooks had not been ordered by the Virginia delegation to the Republican National Convention. The guidebooks had been ordered by our campaign and were going to be presented as a gift to Virginia delegates from the Lieutenant Governor. After receiving and reviewing a sample of the guidebook a staff member decided to cancel the order and order a different guidebook. The Lieutenant Governor was not aware of the decision. Frankly, the Lieutenant Governor has no problem with the guidebook and it would have made no difference to him.
We are sorry that this has occurred and wish it had not happened. We have contacted the publisher of the guidebook and extended an apology for the cancellation of the order. We have also agreed to reimburse the publisher for any expenses they incurred as a result of the cancellation. "