Outrageously Homophobic Politicians and Pundits That Make You Ashamed to Be an American

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.

Glenn Beck

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!”


Thomas Liddle
Thomas Liddle7 years ago

Deborah, there's actually scientific evidence that AIDS was disseminated to the gay population, to make them seem like a public health threat. Also, the AIDS virus has weakened over time, anomalous behavior for a naturally occurring virus.
If you want to know more, just ask.

For all you homophobes that come on here and wanna spit on human rights, we are not asking you to go gay. Nobody wants you to get gay. We just want you to leave people alone who already are, and let them live their lives without you threatening them because your sexuality is somehow threatened. Homophobia is only tenuously biblical, (because love conquers all) and really reactionary. Basically I'm saying regardless your reasoning, homophobia is very often fear of self. This guy, formerly a VERY active homophobe, says it all in my opinion:

Mary Hunt
Mary Hunt8 years ago

Anti-American? I don't know. Anti-humanity? Definitely.

Inez Deborah Altar

there was scientific evidence that homosexuality furthered the spread of AIDS but they still have not had enough

Dylan T.
Dylan Thomas8 years ago

June Higgens, we staunchly disagreed on the arizona immigration bill. but you hit this one out of the ball park my friend, you are 100% CORRECT. I TOTALLY AGREE.

Dylan T.
Dylan Thomas8 years ago

Barbara K. says:
Stop listening to them and fight back with the TRUTH

my god are you inciting murder barbara? because you do know the truth would kill them. : o )

Dylan T.
Dylan Thomas8 years ago

Janice C. says: let me see if i've got this right. only those of you who are liberal in all your thinking, are correct on any matter that comes on this site. those of us who have different opinions are villified by name calling. just wanna make sure i understand. i guess that makes me a homophobe in your terms. how wonderful it is to know that you are always right, and the rest of us stupid people are just getting in your way.

janice are you familiar with the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the u.s. constitution? it garuntees everyone "equal protection under the law". it makes no exclusions not even for gays. equal protection under the law for everyone.

janice i mean no mean no disrespect my friend, but this is the law weather you like it or not. nobody can force you to respect the gay lifestyle but this is the law my friend, the us constitution you must respect the law and the constitution, it's not a being liberal, it's not being conservative, it's being american

Connie R.
Connie R.8 years ago

Everyone does have a right to their own views, beliefs, etc. NO ONE has the right to try and make laws that dictate their beliefs onto others as the Republicans and Christian Right attempt to do. All this talk about Gays and demonizing them is just a political ploy just as bringing up the abortion issue in every election. If it were not just something they used to get elected the Republican who have ran the country for all but 13 years in the last 51 years would have reversed Roe vs Wade. for the past 8 yrs. Bush had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress and the Supreme Court. He did nothing about abortion and his administration hired more gays than any other administration in history. So it is all hogwash and a horrible thing to do to use and abuse the gay community to win elections. Glenn Beck is an idiot. All you can say about that guy.

Jane H.
Jane H8 years ago

It is unAmerican when it comes to legislation because the Bill of Rights calls fo'equal protection under the law". Although they have a right to freedom of speech also and freedom to think whatever they may.

Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y8 years ago

Verbal persecution of any group, minority or lifestyle must be resolutely opposed because unfortunately words lead to deeds. As Sartre said, 'words can be more dangerous than a loaded gun.' Homophobia is hate, pure and simple.

Hate is a symptom of weakness.

Love is a symptom of strength.

Nancy K C.

These clowns don't make me ashamed to be an American. I'm ashamed that THEY'RE Americans. When their idiocy gets press in other countries, they make an impression of Americans as hateful, stupid bigots. When they spew their poison and give "legitimacy" to the hateful, ignorant, ill-informed and frightened homophobes here, they're doing the entire country a disservice.
How is society helped when some citizens are prevented from being all that they can be, having stable family lives, and enjoying the rights that are guaranteed to all of us by the Constitution?
When gays are happily married, saying that that can in any way undermine heterosexual marriage doesn't say much about the stability of straight marriage, does it?