Rep King, Keep Your Straightness Out of Our Faces


Openly heterosexual Iowa Rep. Steve King believes there’d be no need for LGBT worker protections if LGBTs just shut up about their identity. But then, why isn’t Rep. King keeping quiet about his straightness?

Speaking to Think Progress this week, King said:

How do you know someone’s sexual orientation? I don’t know how you discriminate against someone because of their sexual orientation. That’s their business. … You have private sector businesses here and they need to have freedom to operate. In the first place, I would think that unless someone makes their sexuality public, it’s not anybody’s business, so neither is it our business to tell an employer who to hire. He won’t know who to discriminate against in the first place.

So Rep. King seems to want a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” style policy on sexual orientation in the workplace, and we know how well that worked out in the military.

Rep. King’s glib response to the serious problem of workplace discrimination, while apparently typical of his blinkered thinking, misses so many points: the chilling effect such a policy of silence would have on free speech in the workplace, how it may curtail partnership rights, and how it would certainly impede health care coverage for trans workers, to name just a few things.

But my chief issue with this is the hypocrisy. To put it bluntly: Rep. King is a flaming, out-loud-and-proud heterosexual.

Why, just this week it emerged that within hours of the Iowa Supreme Court handing down a decision that overturned Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriage Rep. Steve King was corresponding with the National Organization for Marriage on how they could get heterosexuals-only marriage back into state law through a constitutional amendment. That’s right, he’s part of the heterosexual marriage lobby! Indeed, NOM called him “a tremendous voice for marriage.”

Not only that, but he went on a bus tour with NOM, parading their heterosexual lifestyle, one man and one woman marriage message across America.

Rep. King, if you don’t think we should disclose our sexuality in public why are you shoving your heterosexuality in our faces?


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari L5 years ago

Elaine A. and Debbie D.: I meet people every day that can't stop showing their heterosexuality down my throat in every sentence they utter. It's come so far that I've stopped socializing with heterosexuals on my free time. It's disgusting how they prance around and tell all and everyone who they have sex with! *Puke feelings*
The next time you Elaine and you, Debbie, feel that the "gay issue" is a bother for you, just go out and listen and watch and you'll see heterosexuality splashed all over the place. And if you can't see that, I'm sorry to say it, but you are legally blind!
LGBT has been hidden away for centuries, burned at the stake, imprisoned, tortured, murdered and the time has finally come when we have a chance to make things better. If you can't see what opportunities equal rights can do for everyone, then you must find a special place here on Earth or on another planet, where you and your like-minded can build a society for yourself. But don't be surprised when some of your offspring turn out gay! Because, whatever you do, we can't be silenced!

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

A class in RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY should be taught from Grade one to graduation, children should be taught that anything is permissible as long as it does not hurt themselves or anybody else. Common sense would dictate that if children are taught at a very early age that every child has their own strengths and weaknesses and that they should use their strengths to help not tease or bully others. It should not matter if a child comes from a FAMILY of a mother and father, 2 mothers or 2 fathers or a single mother or father as long as they are LOVED.
Sex Education should be taught from LGBT, Contraceptives, Masturbation, Pregnancy and all forms of sex. Let us face it whether we like it or not children are curious and are having sex earlier and earlier. Children should be taught the joys and the consequences of having sex ( Pregnancy, STD, AIDS and others.) But you say when will this be taught. Cut out Geography or History early on then put it back in and remove Geometry or Algebra. They can learn this in college if needed. I believe this is a solution. Stopping the damage before it starts so that Bullying, Sexual Assault, and many others will be greatly diminished if not eradicated. It is my belief that when children graduate with these principals where they are taught RESPECT for themselves and others and to take RESPONSIBILITY for their actions. If children grow up with these principals I believe business and government would benefit greatly. Within a few generations

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

When you try and vote the party of NO out you better make sure that you can vote. Some States have changed their voter registration laws so that even if you wanted to vote you won't be able to. PLEASE CHECK the voter registration laws of the States that you live in NOW, so that you can have the right ID when it comes time to vote. PLEASE tell ALL your friends about this, especially students, seniors, immigrants and the poor. I am sure that the 1% will be flocking to the voting booths so that they can retain their power and money. The 99% had better start THINKING about what will happen if the republicans get in again. For example, no contraceptives which will lead to more people. Right now 8 BILLION PLUS. No abortions even for sick babies, unwanted babies because of rape or incest. No Jobs, undrinkable water because of fracking, war with Iran, no health care. Abstinence programs only, which do not work and many others. Sex Education is needed so that unwanted pregnancy and abortion can be lessened along with STD’S that can KILL your child. So if you don't vote and get as many as you can to vote along with you and the republicans get into power this may and probably will happen. Here is an idea, car pool with a car full to the voting booths (saves gas) and after you vote, have a party and KNOW that you have done your best for your country. Have a designated driver. PLEASE REMEMBER, DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Heather G.
Heather G5 years ago

There must be something seriously wrong with people like Debbie D and Elaine who feel so threatened by some one else's marriage they equate it to be choked. That's not normal, it's misguided. If you feel choked you should do something different with your own life. Putting other people down for no reason other than the sex of their spouse in relation to their own sex isn't going to help you.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

Is everyone else on this site getting tired of having to respond about repubs? I certainly am. Live and let live. And that means being able to live as you wish, speaking out if you wish (remember American freedom of speech, King?) They just keep provoking us!

Eric S.
Eric S5 years ago

i've noticed that conservative repubs rail against gays but then all of a sudden they're caught with a same sex prostitute

Paul Carter
Paul C5 years ago

I worked in a factory all my adult life. I've worked alongside gay and straight people and found no difference in their work ethic or ability. Homophobia must be a symptom of the fear for the homophobes own sexuality. King get real they probably don't fancy you anyway.

Patrick King
Patrick King5 years ago

Maybe Rep. Steve King grew up in a fish bowl, but in every high school I've ever heard of there are plenty of people, male and female, who are accused of being gay who probably have not had a gay thought in their lives. Certain people, because of the way they look, or carry themselves, or speak, may bring out the homoerotic feelings in others.

Nobody, and I mean NOBODY is so indiscriminate, whether heterosexual or homosexual, that they engage in sex with everyone who meets their orientation criteria. But likewise ANYONE may meet someone in the right set of circumstances who draws them into a unique relationship not in accord with their "declared" orientation. We are none of us heterosexual or homosexual. We are all merely people responding to others as we do. No one can make another love them. But if two people do love each other, no political agenda, religious tradition, or social taboo will deter them, whatever orientation they may think they have.

Gloria H.
Gloria H5 years ago

When people start talking about their wonderful kids and grandkids aka"safe women talk", my eyes glaze over and I go to my happy place...maybe thinking what their husbands look like in boxer shorts (Brrrr! what a thought). I don't like breeder talk.
No one has ever had the rocks to ask me why I never had kids (although many times when questioned about if I have any, I blurt out NO! Never wanted them!) which usually gets a stunned look from the inquirer...
But gays don't have that opportunity to find a happy place, they get hounded by people who want to convert them, shame them or score points by insulting them. Until this ends, and people are finally accepted for what they are, we will continue to be "bombarded" by gay rights. I think it is something I can live with.

Joe R.
Joe R5 years ago

"How do you know someone’s sexual orientation?"

Give me a break, Rep King! Just ask those skin-heads with the baseball bats bashing gays. You're cut from the same cloth - only you wear a suit and have replaced your baseball bat with legislative power.