In honor of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, I’ve collected an assortment of the most outrageously homophobic politicians and their dumb comments to remind us why the battle against hate speech and prejudice must not stop. Here they are, in no particular order.
Radio and television host Glenn Beck has a long history of anti-gay remarks but is particularly concerned about gay marriage. He has claimed it would legalize polygamy and incest and is an attack on churches and schools in some kind of crazed liberal attack on all that is good and right in America.
The Fellowship, also known as The Family
(Senator John Ensign (R-NV), South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford (R), Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Bart Stupak (D-MI), Joe Pitts (R-PA), Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS), Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and the rest of the C-Street crew)
The Uganda anti-gay law which included the death penalty for some homosexuals initially was supported in part by funds from The Fellowship, and American religious group that actively seeks to amass political power. According to Fellowship expert Jeff Sharlet, the legislator who introduced the anti-homosexual bill in Uganda, David Bahati, is a core member of The Family who organizes the Ugandan National Prayer Breakfast and oversees a student leadership program funded by The Family to the tune of millions of dollars.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)
Excused homophobic slurs during the Tea Party protests on Capitol Hill in March, saying:
“Yeah, well I think that when you use totalitarian tactics, people, you know, begin to act crazy. I think, you know, there’s people that have every right to say what they want. If they want to smear someone, they can do it.”
Hate speech is just fine and dandy according to Rep. Nunes.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ)
The fact that John McCain is the only member of his immediate family to oppose gay marriage makes his opposition that much more despicable, and once again proves that John McCain is the reactionary, mean, and grumpy old man we always thought he was. McCain wife Cindy and daughter Meghan are the compassionate conservatives we sometimes hear about.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell
These two governors seem hell-bent on taking their states and the rest of America back to the pre-civil rights era. Their state imposed prejudices include the passage of Arizona’s landmark (not in good way) immigration law, Arizona’s ban on “ethnic studies,” and the repeal of domestic partnership benefits in both states. And we shouldn’t forget both governors support the right to carry concealed weapons in bars. Because who isn’t in favor of drunks hiding guns? There two make my governor, Nevada’s Jim Gibbons, seem like an angel.
Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern
Kern claimed that homosexuality is like cancer and is a bigger threat to national security than terrorism during a speech at a Republican event. But she’s not “gay bashing!”
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