In an opinion column, news editor Bill Lueders decries school board member Earl Kielley's homophobic crusade. Kielley, who calls homosexuality "aberrant behavior," sent the Rev. Pat Robertson a videotape of a fall workshop that encouraged Madison teachers to mention the role of lesbians in history. Robertson ran a portion of this on his 700 Club television show, along with flattering footage of Kielley. Writes Lueders, "What is happening, in Madison and elsewhere, is a tremendous backlash against the modest gains made by gay men and lesbians. Once schoolchildren freely taunted each other with homophobic slurs; now official discouragement of this behavior is decried as an effort to 'promote' homosexuality." In the spring election a few weeks later, Carol Carstensen polls 59% to unseat Kielley.