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NC Senator James Forrester Tells Town Hall Gays Die Early, Wants Them to Adopt 'Normal' Lifestyle: VIDEO


Igor Volsky at Think Progress LGBT posts a video of a North Carolina town hall last night at which Senator (and medical doctor) James Forrester (R) professed his love for gays, and then said people needed to reach out to gay people to get them to change back to a "normal" lifestyle.

Said Forrester:

"I’ve got a few homosexual patients and I treat them just the same as anybody else. I love them perhaps even more because I know they are going to die at least 20 years earlier and it’s something I have no control over and we need to reach out to them to try to get them to change their lifestyle and back to the normal lifestyle which we can accept."

The town hall was attended by five other state lawmakers to discuss proposed constitutional amendments in North Carolina, including one that would ban same-sex marriage.

Forrester is the lead sponsor of the NC amendment to ban same-sex marriage, which would ban any recognition of any “domestic legal union” other than a marriage between an opposite-sex couple.


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  1. I'd like him to adopt a non-bigoted lifestyle

    Posted by: ravewulf | Sep 9, 2011 2:35:42 PM

  2. We can't let this happen. Hartsell (district 36) is a possible no vote and is being targeted.
    If you live in his district you NEED to call. Say your name (as you're registered to vote), tell them the address you're registered at, tell them you're one of his constituents and you want him to vote NO on this amendment if it comes up for a vote. NO NO NO NO NO! Be polite but firm. Send this to people you know in NC.

    Posted by: K | Sep 9, 2011 2:44:29 PM

  3. Calls are MUCH more effective than form emails and they only take a minute!

    Posted by: K | Sep 9, 2011 2:45:47 PM

  4. Thanks Doc.
    One has to wonder who entrusts their medical care to such a wacked out nut job as this crazy old bigoted man?
    Any gay patient going to him also needs their head examined.
    North Carolina sounds VERY unenlightened?

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 9, 2011 3:01:08 PM

  5. What blows my mind is that people still camly sit through this hateful bigoted nonsense without throwing eggs or at least jeering.

    What an unthinking complacent gobshite he is.

    Posted by: yonkersconquers | Sep 9, 2011 3:01:18 PM

  6. Where is all this evidence that we die 20 years younger than everyone else? Is he referring to people with AIDS? Otherwise, what is killing us so much earlier? This is just wacky.

    PS Note the use of "homosexual"... what a creep.

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 9, 2011 3:03:02 PM

  7. He's not fit to be a vet, much less a doctor to humans.

    Posted by: Jack M | Sep 9, 2011 3:14:59 PM

  8. My head is still spinning!

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Sep 9, 2011 3:16:00 PM

  9. i bet he has a wide stance in airport bathrooms.

    Posted by: dan | Sep 9, 2011 3:16:09 PM

  10. Ah, more old, fat, white, bigoted men from the south.

    That study was dis-proven years ago, yet these types drag it out whenever it suits their needs.

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 9, 2011 3:26:49 PM

  11. if god were fair...Fatty McFatson,MD would die 20 years early (but, alas...evil folks seem to live longer)

    Posted by: doug | Sep 9, 2011 3:35:21 PM

  12. So, some more fabricated statistics and
    "the choir" nods in agreement....
    Keep in mind...they'll be "returned to dust"
    soon and we can relish the thought that as the younger generation of Americans arrive in Washington, our rights will be recognized.
    Now, how can we facilitate their journey???
    Oh, let's use their own hocus-pocus on them...pray the farts away!

    Posted by: Paul | Sep 9, 2011 3:37:24 PM

  13. (*sigh*) good lord.

    Posted by: Danny | Sep 9, 2011 3:39:21 PM

  14. my sentiments exactly, Danny

    Posted by: Bryant | Sep 9, 2011 3:42:29 PM

  15. "Where is all this evidence that we die 20 years younger than everyone else? Is he referring to people with AIDS? Otherwise, what is killing us so much earlier? This is just wacky."

    I don't know if there is any dependable data on this, but it would not surprise me if gay men have a much shorter life span than the general population. It is well documented that we have higher rates of drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, smoking, sexually-transmitted diseases (all of them, not just AIDS), and depression.....and that most of us have severe difficulty forming lasting relationships.......all of which would contribute to a shorter life span, over and above the emotional stress that living in a homophobic society entails.

    All that considered together, I would be shocked if the average life expectancy of gay men is not at least 10 years below the average for the population as a whole, even after you take out people who die of AIDS.

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 9, 2011 3:48:35 PM

  16. "Ah, more old, fat, white, bigoted men from the south"

    That you Derrick?

    Seriously, I don't really have a problem with this comment EXCEPT that I am quite sure that the individual making it would never say "Ah, more old, fat, black, bigoted men from the south" if the individual in question were black, nor would he ever say "Ah, more old, fat, white, bigoted men from the northeast" if the individual in question were from New York or Massachusetts....AND except for the fact that the usual suspects (Ernie, Derrick, etc.) would not object to this statement, whereas they would be all over someone who made either of the other two hypothetical statements.....

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 9, 2011 3:57:48 PM

  17. All these phobes are closet queens.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 9, 2011 4:03:15 PM

  18. Clearly, the worst thing about him is that he's fat. Which is why we hate all fat people. Sorry, Grandma, but you've let yourself go!

    Silly me, I thought the worst thing about him was that he's an idiot in a position of power.

    And, seriously, that man is obviously all kinds of gay to hate on the homos that much.

    Posted by: justme | Sep 9, 2011 4:18:09 PM

  19. Well, the closeted ones that marry women to hide their gayness probably do die 20 years early, and they make up the majority of his gay clientele. So, I see this as a sympathetic call for gay men to come out of the closet and lead a normal, healthy life.

    Posted by: anon | Sep 9, 2011 4:19:09 PM

  20. Yep, he's another bigoted old white man from the South. They'll all be dead and gone soon enough. But, until then, a bigger problem is the fact that he was ELECTED to public office by a constituency of unenlightened, ill-prepared, "Churchgoing", lemming voters that do whatever they're told on Sunday morning by the bigotted old white man on the Church Stage rather than think for themselves.

    Posted by: Tom | Sep 9, 2011 4:19:17 PM

  21. Even if the average life span is shorter, this doesn't mean that everyone automatically dies 20 years earlier.

    Anyways, thus numbers are based on Paul Cameron's ridiculous "studies" during the height of the AIDS crisis. First off, he is a loon and a quack. Second, there are effective drugs today

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 9, 2011 4:23:48 PM

  22. My advice to any gay patients of Sen./Dr. Forrester: Run (literally, for your lives)!!!!

    He's clearly quoting mortality statistics from the 80s or pulling them out of his a$$ (while not acknowledging the existence of lesbians, of course), and I'm pretty sure he'll be 6 feet under before most gay people I know, but, really, what does health statistics have to do with marriage equality?

    Would writing discrimination into the constitution magically turn gay people straight and make them live longer? Is that his reasoning? You'd kind of think allowing gay people to form strong, legally protected family bonds would be the best medicine, but Dr. Homophobe clearly doesn't understand that simple logic. Stunning that such a person is allowed to subject his patients to unhealthy, diseased ignorance.

    @Rick: Don't pretend to speak for me, or Derrick. We're capable of speaking for ourselves. And, while you may have "severe difficulty forming lasting relationships", many of us do not.

    Posted by: Ernie | Sep 9, 2011 4:56:47 PM

  23. I would like to reach out and love stupid people but they just annoy me too much.

    Posted by: sleepy bear | Sep 9, 2011 5:23:10 PM

  24. If you look at the pictures available on Google Images of this man you will note he spends a great deal of time fixing his hairdo to have this enormous floppy curl in front- a hairdont that no straight man would be caught dead with. I would not hesitate to state that he is a self-hating closeted homosexual.

    Posted by: homer | Sep 9, 2011 5:48:02 PM

  25. I can show him a photo of my friends, ages 84 and 92, who got married in NYC last month after 57 years together. He should live so long. Repubs put out these fake "statistics," and people swallow them. They are truly the party of the willfully ignorant.

    Posted by: Micklest | Sep 9, 2011 6:02:54 PM

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