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Utah's Buttars Calls Gays 'Threat to America' as Gay Rights Bill Dies

This morning I posted that Utah's legislature was down to its last of five bills making up the gay rights "Common Ground Initiative." This morning, not surprisingly, the last bill was killed.

Buttars The Salt Lake Tribune reports:  "A House committee rejected Rep. Jennifer Seelig's HB160, which would have offered two, unmarried cohabiting adults -- including same-sex couples -- rights of inheritance and medical decision making for one another. But the initiative is not dead, said Mike Thompson, executive director of Equality Utah, the advocacy group leading the charge. Democratic lawmakers have vowed to bring back their bills, with some variations, next year. 'The majority of Utahns support these basic protections,' Thompson said, referring to recent polls. The effort also included laws that would have made it illegal to fire someone for being gay and allow same-sex couples the right to sue in the event one partner suffers a wrongful death. 'We are not giving up on these issues,' Thompson said. 'The Common Ground Initiative is not a 2009 legislative agenda.'" 

The bills have received strong opposition from lawmakers like state senator Chris Buttars, who in a recent interview compared gays to radical Muslims and claimed he's "killed" every gay rights bill in the Utah legislature in the last eight years.

Said Buttars: "Homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts. But I don't care...They're mean. They want to talk about being nice. They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen. It's just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side. What is the morals of a gay person? You can't answer that because anything goes. They're probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of."

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  1. Obviously, not enough common ground for all the stand on.

    Posted by: Will | Feb 18, 2009 4:53:37 PM

  2. When someone becomes as obsessed and extreme about homosexuality as Buttars, there's always a reason.

    Posted by: sam | Feb 18, 2009 4:54:03 PM

  3. "for all TO stand on"


    Posted by: Will | Feb 18, 2009 4:54:39 PM

  4. Hmmm, Buttars ... Butthead ... coincidence? I think not.

    Posted by: MikeMick | Feb 18, 2009 4:57:46 PM

  5. I agree with Sam. I'm not one who thinks that all opposed to gay rights are secretly gay themselves, but guys like this certainly make you wonder.

    Posted by: GayRepublican | Feb 18, 2009 5:00:40 PM

  6. What's more disturbing is that he gets elected because of those views.

    Posted by: D.R.H. | Feb 18, 2009 5:01:54 PM

  7. SAM


    check for his wide stance


    "...They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen........ What is the morals of a gay person? You can't answer that because anything goes."

    Ahhhhhh poor Buttars still heart broken over Jeff the school football team quarterback who promised him one hot summer in utah that he would love him forever but instead broke up with him when off at college. Still heart broken Buttars, just get over it already


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Feb 18, 2009 5:07:40 PM

  8. common ground was thrilled when THE CHURCH did not publicly come out and oppose any of the bills when first proposed. what they seemed to forget is that the royal priesthood, err, state legislatures meet privately with THE CHURCH'S hierarchy all the time and discuss what bills will pass and which won't. nothing here in Utah gets approved without the blessing of the THE CHURCH.

    Posted by: barry | Feb 18, 2009 5:25:15 PM

  9. maybe, for the time being, in utah, they should pass up on common ground for awhile and simply aim for common sense.

    it seems to be somewhat lacking.

    Posted by: alguien | Feb 18, 2009 5:27:01 PM

  10. Just one look at this guy and you can tell he is one miserable,fucked up asshole! He has no idea how "mean" we can actually be.
    I can't wait until the church gets TAXED and TAXED and TAXED...Catholic,Mormon,etc.
    Watching Utah deny equality to it's citizens in 2009 is just beyond pathetic.
    I really thought Utah had more going for it but obviously with closet cases like this running the show up there my guess was wrong.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Feb 18, 2009 5:45:46 PM

  11. Fuck this mother fucking bigot asshole. These bastards need to be dealt with somehow.

    Posted by: John | Feb 18, 2009 5:46:37 PM

  12. I don't care how much Park City loves us gays and our $$. I will not set foot in Utah ever again until there is a fundamental shift in attitude. Since I'm in my 40's I guess I'll never go back.

    Posted by: pete | Feb 18, 2009 6:19:03 PM

  13. God is he a hottie!!! Every time these doofus's open their ugly mouths one of the major gay porn studios should make a big deal about trying to sign them up for an exclusive contract. That would be amusing.

    Posted by: homer | Feb 18, 2009 6:19:33 PM

  14. Am I crazy or has anti gay fervor been more abundant post Prop 8 than before. I feel as though before Prop 8, everyone just assumed everyone else is pro gay rights and if not pro gay rights, well atleast diplomatic and neutral on it all. With the end results of Prop 8, it's almost as if homophobes and those uncertain about their stance got ammunition to be more vocal about their disdain for us. As if their hatred was reaffirmed after seeing millions vote and express their own hatred for us. Just in class the other evening, I overhear a loud & proud conversation of 4 very young guys, hip, trendy, artsey looking college kids who would be the LAST anti gay people you would ever peg in a crowd and yet they were just casually talking about how homosexuality is not right and they are sick of hearing about it. I've overheard a lot of homophobia at my University and I'm not talking about petty comments like "that's so gay" I'm talking about things in regard to our rights, our "agenda" and our "lifestyle" from 20, 21, 22 year olds who I sincerely feel a few years ago were on our side. I know this may not relate to this particular story directly, but I feel as though the Proposition 8 defeat was so much more than just another measure that fell. It truly spearheaded a mob mentality that may have always been there before, but is now vocal about it.

    Posted by: Bayley | Feb 18, 2009 6:26:04 PM

  15. Butthead is just a mean, nasty ugly sack of shit with nothing better to do than get involved in peoples' lives that have NOTHING to do with him and his miserable existence! Utahns, vote this fucker out... how can you keep him on for so long? His ass should be thrown out!

    Posted by: CK | Feb 18, 2009 6:53:04 PM

  16. Well I certainly second the proposition of never stepping foot in this God forsaken hell hole of a Mormon paradise ever again. Don't love me, don't love my gay dollars then. Colorado has just as good snow and no Mormon church to contend with.

    Tax this lousy bunch of bigots in that church until they squeal like stuck pigs. And take their "holy" underwear with them to whatever planet they plan on infesting in their afterlife. What a bunch of lying bigots.

    Posted by: Craig Garver | Feb 18, 2009 6:55:35 PM

  17. BAYLEY, I know what you mean regarding the apparent upswing in antigay attitudes lately. I don't know if this can be directly linked to the passage of Proposition 8 directly but I do think it's a contributing factor.

    When a country goes into an economic recession people start getting worried and a change in the perceived status quo adds to their apprehension. The "majority" may see granting rights to a marginalized minority as taking away from their slice of the pie and rationalize it as granting "special rights." This was the socioeconomic condition in pre-WWII Germany and a rising Nazi Party found their scapegoat by demonizing European Jews. Unfortunately this recession is going to get worse and the LGBT community is quickly becoming the scapegoat for bigots and zealots. That's why it's important to be ever vigilant and not turn a blind eye to people who would lay the country's woes at our feet.

    Posted by: JerzeeMike | Feb 18, 2009 7:12:49 PM


    Posted by: Disgusted American | Feb 18, 2009 7:22:20 PM

  19. Of course there has been more bigoted speech since Prop 8, that thing brought EVERYBODY out of the closet, from homos to friendly heteros to haters. At least the light is shining and we now we have a better idea of who and what we're up against. Unfortunately for the haters, the next generation isn't going their way.

    Posted by: clint | Feb 18, 2009 7:23:49 PM

  20. Godwin's law. So tiring.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 18, 2009 7:26:39 PM

  21. Well I wonder what this means for Redford and his fashion show. I mean what gay person is gonna set foot in that state knowing if there is an accident and they end up in a hospital thier partner will be barred from visiting. If he has it next year there then fuck him.

    Posted by: Jersey | Feb 18, 2009 7:45:01 PM

  22. What an an obnoxious, ignorant, bigoted, appalling, evil man. If anyone is the "meanest bugger," it is he. He is a disgrace to the electorate who seated him and to the human race. I do pity the oppressed minorities who call Utah home yet can't exercise basic inalieanable rights that no one would deny to themselves. Let's hope he doesn't ship them off to concentration camps--hyperbole, yes, for the time being, but the inescapable conclusion of his criminal ideology. A path to Kristallnacht is the historical analog that immediately comes to mind.

    Posted by: PAT | Feb 18, 2009 8:06:46 PM

  23. i just love that his name is Butters!

    Posted by: lmaoinnyc | Feb 18, 2009 8:09:37 PM

  24. You know what? This guy doesn't bother me.

    My local PBS station has been running the excellent miniseries "Eyes On The Prize". It is a primer on how to stand up for your civil rights.

    It also gives me hope that like Bull Connor and many other hateful bigots, this man's time shall pass.

    I urge everyone here to fing out where there local LGBT center is or go to and find organizations in your area where you can participate and make a difference.

    Without the people who sat at those segregated lunch counters, got hit by water measuring hundreds of pounds of pressure per square inch and marching even though their lives were threatened, we would have a much different country today.

    Those people of all colors paved the way for those drag queens at Stonewall which brought us to where we are now.

    No one ever thought Bull Connor would be gone.

    His reign of terror was over soon enough.

    Verily, verily.....

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Feb 18, 2009 8:11:30 PM

  25. @ Craig Garver,

    Forget Colorado. They aren't that much more enlightened than Utah. Does the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado ring any bells? You know, Ted Haggard's gay hating former mega-church. If you really want to make a statement go to Whistler, BC, Canada. Canada has equal rights and gay marriage. Give your queer dollars to the people who walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Feb 18, 2009 8:17:07 PM

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