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GOP Lawmaker Who Says His Family ‘Incurs Health Risks’ Because Of Gay People Facing Backlash

by David Badash on April 18, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Politics

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Republican state senator from Iowa, Dennis Guth, says his family incurs health risks because of gay people and same-sex marriage. Now, Senator Guth is losing support and facing a backlash,from his fellow colleagues, from the LGBT community and allies, and even losing support from one of the state’s top anti-gay groups. Same-sex marriage has been legal in Iowa since 2009, so the Senator is doing a poor job of representing his constituents.

READ: GOP Lawmaker Says Gay People Are Hazardous To His Family’s Health

As we reported yesterday, Senator Guth told his colleagues:

“The media, for the most part, has bamboozled us into thinking that having a relationship outside of the boundaries of monogamous, heterosexual marriage is positive, happy and fulfilling.”

“Movies, television shows, articles and magazines abound with this theme, giving partial information to vulnerable audience: our children.”

Senator Guth also said there are “numerous” health and mental problems associated with homosexuality that “ultimately” shorten the lives of gays and lesbians.

Guth said “many civilizations have fallen” because the traditional family was not protected and he argued the homosexual lifestyle “is a lie.”

“If I saw someone going the wrong way on a one-way street, I would make every effort to stop and redirect them,” Guth said. “Simply put, it saves lives to have honest communication not only about the sexually transmitted diseases that shorten lifespans, but also about the deep loneliness that accompanies a life based on youth, beauty and sex.”

 

 

Now, Senator Guth, who has refused to respond to repeated calls for comment, tells local Iowa TV station WHO, he was “offended” a fellow Senator called him “ignorant” for his anti-gay comments:

WHO adds:

“I was really not targeting people who have made that lifestyle choice at all. My target is both parents and children so we can make sure that adolescents have information that covers all of the facts and not just part of the story,” said Sen. Guth.

Off the senate floor, the comments continued to spur conversation. Officials with One Iowa said they were shocked and upset with the comments, but they also served as a wakeup call.

“I think we`ve been lulled into a place where we think you know, things are really moving and changing. Which they are, but there are still some people who have not moved and have not changed. I have to wonder where this fear and hatred comes from. One has to wonder who else holds those kinds of feelings and thoughts. We continue to move forward,” said Donna Red Wing from One Iowa.

The family leader declined to do an interview with Channel 13, but in a statement said they support civil discussions about marriage. They did not say whether or not they agreed with Senator Guth’s comments this morning.

It’s shocking that Bob Vander Plaats‘ anti-gay organization, the Family Leader — of which Senator Guth boasts he was a member of the Board of Directors — refuses to address their former Board member’s comments that are in keeping with their own positions.

Will there be further fallout?

Will the good citizens of Iowa re-elect Senator Guth?

You can contact Senator Dennis Guth here, and you can thank Democratic Senator Matt McCoy for defending the LGBT community and truth, here.

Hat tip: Towleroad for video of Senators Guth and McCoy

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{ 11 comments }

barbonine April 18, 2013 at 12:44 pm

"Guth said “many civilizations have fallen” because the traditional family was not protected…"

And yet, here we have a party which has crafted a society where mom and dad both have to work to make ends meet, leaving the kiddies alone online at home.

How the hell is that a "traditional family?"

Huntercgo April 19, 2013 at 7:01 am

It's not. In a "traditional family," mom's supposed to be at home doing laundry and scrubbing floors, leaving dad to bring home the bacon. If there's not enough bacon, let 'em starve, the lazy moochers.

See? It's easy to sound like a conservative.

MeSoHornish April 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

"For example there are more and more medical tests required before giving blood or giving birth."

That's right Fucko because the transmission of bloodborne pathogens never happens with a heterosexual.

barbonine April 19, 2013 at 7:34 am

Like Hepatitis C? The coming epidemic so many people have unknowingly carried around for months or years?

Or Ebola? Tuberculosis? Coreopsis?

MeSoHornish April 18, 2013 at 1:48 pm

“If I saw someone going the wrong way on a one-way street, I would make every effort to stop and redirect them,”

Redirect into the first moving vehicle no doubt.

Serenifly April 18, 2013 at 2:26 pm

And of course now he is the victim and the insulted one. So typical.

Also careful about anti-gay groups wanting "civil discussion". This too is usually a one-way street with them preaching lies while not listening. It's just a way to make the other side look uncivil and then declare victory.

Huntercgo April 19, 2013 at 6:58 am

'anti-gay groups wanting "civil discussion"'

Translation: "We talk, you listen."

SeanLiberty13 April 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Ignorant white trash Nazi

James_M_Martin April 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

Darn, this guy sneezed on me yesterday and I woke up this morning with a gay.

Huntercgo April 19, 2013 at 7:06 am

I didn't think Vander Plaats was self-aware enough to register when one of his supporters had gone over the line. Of course, Guth is waaay over the line, so I guess even Vander Plaats managed to figure it out.

I guess Guth didn't get the memo about a "kinder, gentler Republican party."

lepidopteryx April 19, 2013 at 6:55 pm

If his family members are dropping like flies from STD's, perhaps they should stop having unsafe sex with each other.

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