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Iowa 'Pro-Family' Activist Chuck Hurley: Homosexuality More Costly, Destructive Than Smoking

Iowa Family Policy Center's Chuck Hurley, the state's most ambitious anti-gay wingnut, who organized rallies to pressure the state Supreme Court over its ruling on marriage equality, says giving gays marriage rights is facilitating disease, citing a report this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that showed gay men have higher rates of HIV and syphilis. 

Said Hurley in a statementHurley "The Iowa Legislature outlawed smoking in an effort to improve health and reduce the medical costs that are often passed on to the state. The secondhand impacts of certain homosexual acts are arguably more destructive, and potentially more costly to society than smoking. Homosexual activity is certainly more dangerous for the individuals who engage in it than is smoking....Because of their (legislators) unwillingness to correct the error of last April’s Iowa Supreme Court opinion, the Iowa Legislature is responsible for sanctioning activities that will lead to dramatically higher rates of HIV and syphilis in Iowa."

Responded Jordan Selha, executive director of the AIDS Project of Central Iowa: “Stigma and discrimination only add to the barriers people face in accessing testing, prevention and healthcare services."

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  1. I’m sorry, is anyone still listening to these bozos?

    Posted by: ichabod | Mar 13, 2010 10:56:08 AM


  2. Hey, I can make outlandish statements too.

    Institutionalized discrimination against homosexuals is financially costly because it causes unnecessary psychiatric morbidity among the LGBT population.

    Oh, just kidding, that was an actual study with data to back it up.

    http://ajph.aphapublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/100/3/452

    Do these people ever step back and realize how hypocritical they are? They espouse "family values", lambaste homosexuals for being promiscuous, then WASTE millions upon millions of dollars trying to keep the gays from participating in the very institution that is supposed to promote monogamy.

    How about they take that money and use it on actual charitable work instead of giving it to these wingnut mouthpieces whose only job is to tell the world how right they are. I wish Jesus would come back if only to tell them they're doing it wrong.

    Posted by: Justin | Mar 13, 2010 11:06:52 AM


  3. If Jesus came back these "Christians" would probably crucify him; since his teachings would interfere with the money making machine which is based on hate and division.

    Posted by: Mike | Mar 13, 2010 11:20:24 AM


  4. HIV rates among heterosexual people in Africa are through the roof! BAN heterosexuals! Oh wait, no logical person would ever say that...

    Posted by: Brian | Mar 13, 2010 11:42:02 AM


  5. Chuckie needs a visit from the other Chuckie
    to knock some sense into him.
    Go back to church and pray to your mythical creator-maybe he can help you pray away the HATE-

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 13, 2010 11:52:40 AM


  6. Yet another expression of the same, sad old nonsense. In the US of A where a man puts his dick is one of the most crucially important questions there is. Thank all that is holy the next generation of Americans doesn't care about that quite so much!

    Posted by: RedCedar | Mar 13, 2010 11:53:17 AM


  7. Would someone just shove a big cock in the mouth of this closet-case. You know that's what he really wants!

    Posted by: Matt | Mar 13, 2010 12:37:05 PM


  8. Well gee, oppress any population group systematically at every level for long enough and that community is going to become unhealthy. Look at what generations of abuse have done to the GLBT population in North America, lower self-esteem, lower levels of self-care, higher poverty, higher substance abuse, higher rates of mental illness, lower rates of employment, substantially higher rates of self-harm and suicide to name just a few. Google "The Cost of Homophobia" and read it. Homophobia is killing our community.

    Now this sexist, anti-gay anti-sapphist and misogynist preacher says because we're so unhealthy from HIS oppression, that we should be oppressed even further?

    I just don't understand bible folk at all.

    Posted by: Tone | Mar 13, 2010 12:52:28 PM


  9. I completely agree with Justin on this point:

    "Do these people ever step back and realize how hypocritical they are? They espouse "family values", lambaste homosexuals for being promiscuous, then WASTE millions upon millions of dollars trying to keep the gays from participating in the very institution that is supposed to promote monogamy."

    You can't bash gay people for jumping from one relationship to the next, when you don't want to offer them the same opportunity to create a legal monogamous union with someone. That is the height of hypocrisy.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Mar 13, 2010 1:20:52 PM


  10. Only "Christians" blame the victims of disease for being sick. Truly pathetic.

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Mar 13, 2010 1:22:26 PM


  11. In the photo it almost looks like he has the tip of a fat cock rising behind his right shoulder...

    Posted by: kipp | Mar 13, 2010 1:31:17 PM


  12. Bet the man is against universal health care...because he cares soooo much about the health of Iowans.

    Posted by: Breathturn | Mar 13, 2010 1:37:25 PM


  13. Uh - what a missed opportunity for Jordan Selha to demand gay marriage rights to promote monogamy among gay people.

    Posted by: galore | Mar 13, 2010 1:38:07 PM


  14. Oh look another fucking douchebag lying about gay people. How unusual. Welcome to the human race. Pardon my complete pessimism today but being awakened by crazy fucking Jehovah's witnesses was not the way to start my day. I swear I'm gonna put a big sign over my front door: Gay Atheist Inside: Ring Bell At Own Risk.

    Posted by: wtf | Mar 13, 2010 1:38:20 PM


  15. Oh, the logic, or lack thereof.

    So marriage would make the rates of syphilis and HIV go up instead of down? Really? What does that say about marriage? I thought marriage was supposed to kill sex not increase it. And what about lesbians? In his view, should they--with their low rates of HIV--get to stay married but not gay men? Or what about smokers and marriage? Should they not be allowed to marry because they'll get second hand smoke in the house? How about obesity (pretty high health costs associated with that)? I'm guessing IA isn't the thinnest state in the union. Maybe fat people shouldn't be married because they'll pass food to each other?

    Chuck Hurley--good name for this vomitous imbecile.

    Posted by: Ernie | Mar 13, 2010 4:20:16 PM


  16. The CDC has a lot to answer for. It frequently words its statements in a very homophobic way, thus giving fuel to these right wingers. For instace, the other day it said that gay men were "44 times more likely to catch AIDS". Come again? How am I, as a monogamous and healthy gay man, 44 times more likely to catch AIDS? It's as if the CDC was demonizing the gay orientation.

    The simple fact is that the CDC is a homophobe-enabling organization which needs to think more carefully about its statements in the future. Words, especially prejudicial ones such as those from the CDC, do harm people.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 13, 2010 5:28:20 PM


  17. The CDC has a lot to answer for. It frequently words its statements in a very homophobic way, thus giving fuel to these right wingers. For instance, the other day it said that gay men were "44 times more likely to catch AIDS". Come again? How am I, as a monogamous and healthy gay man, 44 times more likely to catch AIDS? It's as if the CDC was demonizing the gay orientation.

    The simple fact is that the CDC is a homophobe-enabling organization which needs to think more carefully about its statements in the future. Words, especially prejudicial ones such as those from the CDC, do harm people.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 13, 2010 5:29:28 PM


  18. CDC must stand for "crap-dispensing critters". Don't these bright sparks at this organization realize that their statements are often fuel to homophobes? Consider their words "gays have higher rates of AIDS". How is that so? Do the AIDS-associated diseases target me because I'm gay? I didn't know diseases could discriminate on the basis of orientation.

    What the CDC needs to do is to stop using identity or orientation-related words such as "gays". "Gays" covers an awful lot of people - some promiscuous, some celibate, some monogamous, some healthy, some unhealthy. We aren't all one. Our behaviors vary.

    When the CDC uses "gays" it simply adds to the prejudice against all of us.

    Posted by: bruce | Mar 13, 2010 5:36:39 PM


  19. I'm curious about the response of AIDS Project of Central Iowa. I would think Hurley's comments would have been an excellent opportunity to take control of the discussion and bring it back to Civil Equality and away from HIV. We all know Hurley and gang are grasping at straws to deny Civil Rights to Gay citizens.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Mar 13, 2010 5:55:34 PM


  20. Well, he's right about one thing. Homosexuality is costly. My monthly Barneys bill is a *bitch*!

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 13, 2010 8:16:10 PM


  21. @PETERPARKER: HA!

    Posted by: DEREK WASHINGTON | Mar 13, 2010 9:09:43 PM


  22. How come nobody talks about the risky HETEROSEXUAL sex practices and the diseases they cause? Opposite-sex fornicating (in and out of marriage) is dangerous, dirty, and unhealthy. And most of it is a sin in the eyes of God.
    Sexual overindulgence or prolonged sexual activity by Heterosexuals is not healthy. It can cause Cystitis, an inflammation of the bladder. The common cause of honeymoon Cystitis is the introduction of E. coli bacteria into the urethra.
    Increase risk of throat cancer in Heterosexual men that engage in cunnilingus. A recent study suggests a correlation between oral sex and head, neck and throat cancer in men due to the transmission of Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
    Engaging in Heterosexual sex during menstruation posses several potential risks besides the unclean, bloody mess:
    Many STD organisms thrive in the rich menstrual flow, so any STD contracted is likely to be worse than if contracted while you were not menstruating. HIV is more easily passed from an infected woman during her menses. Herpes infections often flare up during menstruation, making transmission easier. Some scientists believe that sex during menstruation puts a woman at higher risk of pelvic inflammatory disease.
    Also sex during menstruation is an abomination to God.
    Widespread and frequent sexual diseases spread by Heterosexuals: Bacterial Vaginosis, Chlamydia, Genital Herpes, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B, Human Papillomavirus, Pubic Lice, Syphilis, Trichomoniasis as well as HIV/AIDS.
    What can be done about risky sex practices of Heterosexuals? Government recommendations for Heterosexuals to avoid these diseases: Don’t have sex. The best way to prevent any Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) is to practice abstinence, or not having vaginal, oral, or anal sex. STDs can have severe consequences, especially in women, if not treated. Some STDs can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility; while for others it may even be fatal. Heterosexuals can prevent the spreading of dangerous STDs by refraining from all sexual activity.
    What does the Bible say? Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 7:1 “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.”
    Just one of the 362 admonishments to heterosexuals contained in the holy Bible. There are only 6 addressed to homosexuals.

    Posted by: GuyDads | Mar 13, 2010 9:54:16 PM


  23. How does allowing gay marriages lead to increased sex with an increased number of sex partners?

    The illogic of these people astounds me

    Posted by: ravewulf | Mar 13, 2010 11:56:11 PM


  24. The only reason that the so called pro family activists are up in arms is because the Gays are making headway, where it never seemed reachable last year. Kudos to the Gays. Anything to divert the issue, it is the same every 4 years during election time; these same idiots are so predictable. Do not believe the hype.

    Posted by: Jeff Dunivant | Mar 14, 2010 8:05:30 AM


  25. you know if I was there listening to this guy...I would kick his ass. I can't believe people actually listen to these people and whats worse broadcast it. If they said that about black people...OMG it start a firestorm. What I would like to know is why do these people care about what gay people do. Gay people are adults, educated, tax payers...not asking for any govement assistance here. This is as bad as that yahoo in Uganda who said it is his business what gays do in bed....HUH!!
    Until the world wakes up and realizes we are not the enemy then these people will get away with it. sad

    Posted by: Paul | Mar 14, 2010 8:40:58 AM


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