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Troy King on Gays


EDGE Media Network Contributor

Saturday July 12, 2008

Troy King, the Alabama Attorney General who was reportedly caught by his wife in bed with male assistant, is the latest conservative Republican (think Larry Craig) to have made anti-gay rhetoric part of his political mantra.

King, a frontrunner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in 2010, has called homosexuality "the downfall of society."

He wrote those words in an editorial at his alma mater - the University of Alabama where he was a law student from 1990-1993 and a frequent contributor to the campus newspaper, the Crimson White.

He also decried the existence of a gay group - the Gay/Straight Alliance - on campus.

"The existence of the Gay-Lesbian Alliance on this campus is an affront to the state of Alabama, its citizenry, this university and its students," King wrote.

A photograph of two men kissing that appeared on the front page of the CW in March, 1992, brought this response from King:

"The time has come for the majority to rise from its figurative slumber. The picture on the front page of Monday's issue of The Crimson White looked like the front page of Sodom and Gomorrah News the day before those cities were destroyed. I and a majority of the students were appalled not that these students would pose for this picture, for we have seen that the homosexuals in America will do anything to grab a headline but rather I am furious that this paper would sacrifice its journalistic integrity for a tabloid-esque reporting! It is indeed sad that America has fallen to the point where she will condone any type of deviant, immoral activity in which a group desires to participate. However, perhaps even more compelling evidence of the perversion of America is evidenced not only by the fact that this story was published in the newspaper but rather that it was graphically depicted on the front page."

During his third year of law school (1993), he addressed the subject of AIDS.

"Currently, AIDS is the most behavior-oriented disease known to mankind," King wrote. "If this nation's current purveyors of perversion would refrain from committing sodomy they would unquestioningly be spared the ravages of the disease."

When asked more recently by the Crimson staff if his views have changed on gay issues, he responded that today he would use he would now use "more judicious words."

Click here for more on King's college rants.

King was appointed Attorney-General by Governor Bob Riley in 2004, when William Pryor resigned to accept a federal judgeship. He then defeated Mobile County District Attorney John Tyson, Jr. in the 2006 election by a 54-46% margin.

The 40 -year old Baptist father of three has, according to Wikipedia, been involved in a number of ethical issues since taking office, primarly one involving patronage in the state college system and the other for taking unauthorized gifts.

While his views on homosexuality, abortion rights and the death penalty are well-known, his chief issue has been his opposition to gambling. He also advocated the death penalty for sex offenders in the 2006 campaign. Additionally he has spearheaded a legal battle to have reinstate a law that bans sex toys from being sold in the states. The law had been passed by the State Legislature in 1998, but was overturned for constitutional reasons in 1999 and 2002.