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Utah Democrats Want More Action on Bigot Senator Chris Buttars

Utah Democrats want anti-gay state senator Chris Buttars removed from two additional committees over his anti-gay remarks, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Buttars4 "Senate Democrats said this morning that Sen. Chris Buttars' punishment for his anti-gay remarks has been inadequate and asked Senate President Michael Waddoups to remove him from the powerful Rules Committee.' President Waddoups put faith in Sen. Buttars and appointed him to very important and key positions. Unfortunately, Sen. Buttars betrayed that trust,' said Senate Minority Leader Pat Jones, D-Salt Lake City, who also sought Buttars' removal from the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. 'Removing Senator Buttars from these key positions …would be sending a clear message to Utahns, Americans and humankind that we do not tolerate bad behavior in the Utah Senate,' she said"

Earlier I noted that activists are planning a Buttars-palooza this Saturday on the state capitol lawn to celebrate diversity in response to the controversy.

A report from Utah's KSL on the new demands, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. The problem is that Senate President Waddoups is also homophobic. He made it clear that he agrees with what Sen. Buttars said, just not the way he said it.

    As far as I'm concerned, anything less than Sen. Buttars resigning is unacceptable. He is truly a vile human being.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Feb 24, 2009 4:53:03 PM

  2. I completely disagree with what Buttars says and the way that Waddoups (who is just as big a homophobe as Buttars in my opinion) handled the situation. However, I do not think that Buttars should be removed completely by the Senate unless he actually breaks the law or violates the terms of his oath.

    Buttars is getting global coverage. He represents a very abrasive conservative way of thinking, and the media attention towards it will hopefully open more minds to how horrible bigotry truly is.

    Republicans like Gov. Huntsman get it, and are not afraid to express the need for equal rights for all. As much as we need more like Huntsman, for the moment we still need the Buttars of the world to help people see how foolish and damaging those types of beliefs and actions can be.

    Posted by: andres | Feb 24, 2009 5:11:34 PM

  3. When you think about it, that post title is kind of unfortunate.

    Posted by: David | Feb 24, 2009 5:20:43 PM

  4. Get rid of the old bastard. Homophobes have no place in society.

    Posted by: Bobby | Feb 24, 2009 5:26:54 PM

  5. Please make you voice heard in Hawaii. Today the Hawaii State Senate is in hearing regarding the bill giving civil rights to gay unions. Please contact their locals officials here:

    Also, please take the poll/survey here:

    Posted by: Donsnyc | Feb 24, 2009 5:54:47 PM

  6. You can tell by this man's face how ugly he is on the inside. Glad I don't have to walk around in that miserable skin.

    Posted by: JR | Feb 24, 2009 6:59:06 PM

  7. ROTFL@David

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 24, 2009 7:11:10 PM

  8. Whatever. If you don't intend on shooting him go sit down.

    Posted by: Marc | Feb 24, 2009 7:35:38 PM

  9. This man is a disease and deserves to be removed from OFFICE.

    Posted by: KFLO | Feb 25, 2009 12:43:17 AM

  10. All states with anti-gay laws on their books need to lose federal funding.

    Buttars and everyone like him should be in JAIL. The blood of every gay bashing victim is on their hands.

    Posted by: Attmay | Feb 25, 2009 3:54:14 AM

  11. Unfortunately, when they "Punished" Buttars by taking him off of the committee, I assume they were doing just enough. Just enough to make it seem like Utah congressmen aren't complete bigots. Fact is, as a couple of have others pointed out, Waddoups is as intolerant as Buttars is.
    Does anyone believe his punishment was adequate? No. But do you think they'll do anything further? Sadly, No...
    Wow, I will be glad to be out of Utah soon enough!

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 25, 2009 4:29:18 AM

  12. The Democrats need to KEEP hammering away, not let this issue drop. Take a lesson from the bulldog GOP, keep at it until you get the old misery sufficiently censured... the evil-hearted prick should not be allowed to get away with this disgusting rhetoric!

    Posted by: CK | Feb 26, 2009 9:40:53 AM

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