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GOP Lawmakers Slam LGBT Teens & Community

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Thursday Aug 23, 2012

After the Republican Party announced in its party platform that it would not support marriage equality this week by calling for a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage across the country, conservative politicians are still criticizing the LGBT community and are even going after gay youth.

LGBTQ Nation reports that the Kansas Secretary of State and Mitt Romney's surrogate in the Sunflower State compared gay people to drug users and polygamists while debating the party's platform on same-sex unions in preparation for the national convention in Tampa, Fla.

Kris Kobach was arguing against an amendment that would end the GOP's support for the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

"Our government routinely judges situations where you might regard people completely affecting themselves," Kobach said. "Like, for example, the use of controlled substances, like for example polygamy, that is voluntarily entered into. We condemn those activities even though they are not hurting other people, at least directly."

After the debate, the Human Rights Campaign not surprisingly took issue with the politician's remarks. HRC spokesman Fred Sainz called Kobach's statements "offensive" and cited them as proof that the Republican Party has been hijacked by those who no longer represent what most Republicans now believe.

"It's time for leaders within the GOP to take some responsibility and realize that their outdated platform - and the incendiary and vitriolic language used by some of their colleagues like Kris Kobach - sends a dangerous message and has a very real impact on the LGBT community, particularly youth," Sainz said.

This isn't the first time Kobach has made outrageous remarks regarding the LGBT community. About eight years ago the politician targeted the HRC and other LGBT organizations and said that they support "homosexual pedophilia."

Meanwhile, Tennessee GOP State Sen. Stacey Campfield appeared on SiriusXM OutQ with Michelangelo Signorile and continued his string of outrageous statements. Campfield dismissed bullying among LGBT teens as a "lark," the national news site the Examiner reported.

"That bullying thing is the biggest lark out there," he said. "There are sexually confused children who could be pushed into a lifestyle that I don't think is appropriate with them and it's not the norm for society, and they don't know how they can get back from that. I think a lot of times these young teens and young children, they find it very hard on themselves and unfortunately some of them commit suicide."

Campfield then went on to say that it is "virtually impossible" for heterosexuals to contract HIV through sex.

"Most people realize that AIDS came from the homosexual community -- it was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men," he said. "It was an airline pilot, if I recall. My understanding is that it is virtually, not completely, but virtually impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex."

The politician is best known for promoting the controversial "Don't Say Gay" bill in Tennessee. The measure would prohibit children in grade school from talking about LGBT issues. The proposed law states, "no public elementary or middle school shall provide any instruction or material that discusses sexual orientation other than heterosexuality."

Statewide business interests have joined local LGBT organizations in opposing the measure, which they say would create the impression of an inhospitable environment to companies considering doing business in the state.


  • gdhamf, 2012-08-23 05:04:02

    And exactly why should we as gay people go to a state that is openly hostile to us. I think I am gonna just find a nice cave, build a campfire and stay away from people.

  • , 2012-08-23 08:52:43

    Just add one more K. to his name and he’s all set. He’s the type of backwards thinking red neck that made me glad to leave Kansas.

  • WayGay, 2012-08-23 14:08:47

    It’s time to highlight every single infidelity in congress. Like how republican senators and congressmen’s secretaries have had abortions while carrying their boss’ bastard?How many trysts with strippers? How many times and with whom did they cheat on their wives with? How many boys on the side?Democrats need to stoop to the republican level and shine some light into their dark world.

  • , 2012-08-23 14:19:21

    Straight people can’t get aids? Seriously? And this guy is supposed to be wise enough to help run our country?

  • Oh Jed said:, 2012-08-24 02:02:44

    Dumb as a box of hair! Don’t say penis, maybe he won’t notice he’s got one hangin’ there. Maybe, we should have I.Q. testing minimum requirements for all people running for public office...before they get the job.

  • Wayne M., 2012-08-24 17:21:43

    Just like the homophobic actions of the religious right, statements and actions by the Republican Party, such as calling homophobic bullying among teens "a lark" are the best encouragement bashers and bullies can get to continue to terrorize LGBT youth and adults. It is interesting that the Republicans like to pretend they support less government, but want to use government power to control who law-abiding people may or may not marry.

  • Marc , 2012-08-25 14:56:34

    My gosh these wierdos. This is their last flurry. The GOP is still dependent on the social conservative vote. But that will change if Romney wins. I think he will be a very effective managerial president. That will rebalance the GOP coalition with a lot of independents that will push aside the current GOP reliance on these obnoxious people.

  • Milwaukeeguy, 2012-08-28 16:40:41

    Now here we have a young Republican that hates gay people. Why do you suppose? A family values guy who screwed loads of women when single; has his eye on a Big Republican Prize, like a bank account in a foreign country, maybe one of John McCian’s 6, 7, or 8 houses; maybe a free ride in Mitt Romney’s Car elevator, a educateed Republican who tosses gay people under the bus all in the name of his Republican God, don’t you just wise he’d have bought a ticket to see that Batman movie in Aurora?

  • , 2012-08-29 08:48:03

    HOGWASH, wish who wrote this story get their damn story straight, GAYS are not the ones who brought AIDS here. It was contracted from a monkey but if the dumb butt who wrote this the guy was bitten by the monkey. He didnt know he was sick and ended up sleeping with women on the street, Gays are not infected by Drugs,AIDS, OR ANYOTHER ILLNESS. PEOPLE who believe and write garbage as this HAVE NO CLUE, Homosexuality is NOT a sin, Heterasexuality is NOT a sin. Whats a sin is making judge, about ANYONE BESIDES YOURSELF. Its stupid crap as collums as this and not even taking a look at who they are. When others start being comfortable with themselves then you know PEOPLE who are straight or gay will be finally able to live together as ONE remember ONE NATION UNDER GOD THINK ABOUT IT STOP PUTTING PEOPLE DOWN.

  • Marc , 2012-08-30 02:36:29

    Milwaukeguy. Any international businessman has foreign bank accounts. Having wealth - especially when you earned it as did Romney having donated his entire inheritance from his father - and doing something fun that you might have dreamer about as a boy like having an elevator for your cars is what’s good about America, not what’s wrong. Wrong is when government claims the power to decide when you have made enough money and much of it you can keep.

  • , 2012-09-07 11:26:29

    Wow, just wow... So basically he said gay bullying doesn’t matter? That there’s no reason lgbt youth are killing themselves... OMGAH some people will never understand

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