“It’s an unhealthy, sexual addiction,” State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen told reporters Wednesday:
“When we’re talking about gay marriage, we’re not talking about an immutable
characteristic like the color of your skin. Okay? The human genome map was completed in 2003. There is no gay gene. Okay? So the concept that you’re born that way and it’s an immutable characteristic is an unscientific lie.”
Rep. Gruenhagen also mentioned he has a friend who runs an ex-gay therapy clinic, which the Star-Tribune calls “a sexual addiction clinic.”:
“He helped many homosexuals and other people come out of the lifestyle.”
Gruenhagen’s voting record shows he’s anti-gay — having voted against a 2011 marriage bill, anti-tax, anti-abortion, and in favor of restricting voting rights.
The Republican press conference was a farce, filled with lies, and fear-mongering, slippery-slope bunk, and grandstanding.
Zack Ford at Think Progress adds:
When pressed by a reporter, Gruenhagen added. “It doesn’t matter what my opinion is. It matters what the scientific facts are… it is a sexual choice.”
Gruenhagen’s opposition to LGBT equality and science is nothing new. In 2011, he dismissed the work of biologist Alfred Kinsey, calling the late sexuality expert a “filthy, perverted unscientific liar” and calling for all of his research to be destroyed. Last year, he told a Tea Party rally that “the concept of sexual orientation was started by Sigmund Freud… he’s a pervert, he’s a moron in my opinion, and I don’t believe in anything that he came up with.”
Sen. Hall, a minister, noted in the same press conference that while this bill specifically protects religious leaders’ right not to officiate at same-sex weddings, a future bill might take that protection away. “I personally will go to jail,” he promised, “before I ever perform a marriage to a homosexual.”
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