Edge has an interview/profile of Whitehouse. In it, he talks about The Knights of Columbus refusing to rent him a hall because of his positions on gay rights and abortion:
He said he was “bemused” by the flap. “Iâ€™m not aware of other instances in which the Knights of Columbus has looked at the views of a political candidate and used them as a litmus test for whether or not they let the candidate use the space. I suspect as candidates around the state begin to use [K of C] halls for political events youâ€™ll find that a bunch of other situations will also emerge in which [they are] in effect being forced to take positions on certain issues. …Youâ€™ll see candidates–even those who have used the facilities in the past–less willing to do so. So it could become kind of an early barometer of where candidates stand on positions where they have been very vague.”
Whitehouse added that he cannot recall ever before during three statewide campaigns for public office being denied use of a location for an event or appearance because of his views.
Also regarding the Whitehouse campaign, a free community dinner for Warwick is scheduled for this Wednesday evening. Here are the details:
U.S. Senate Candidate Sheldon Whitehouse Hosts Community Dinner for Residents of West Warwick, Coventry, East Greenwich, West Greenwich, and surrounding areas
WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Portuguese Society Hall, 11 Ventura Street, West Warwick