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North Carolina Senator James Forrester, Who Worked to Ban Same-Sex Marriage, is Dead at 74

Earlier I posted that North Carolina state senator James Forrester, the lead sponsor of the state's successful bill to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, was hospitalized.

He has died: Forrester

Family members said the 11-term senator - who represented Gaston and Lincoln counties - was admitted to Gaston Memorial Hospital over the weekend. He died Monday.

"Jim was a dear friend who I respected and admired. He had a long and distinguished career serving the people of North Carolina. The thoughts and prayers of everyone at the North Carolina Republican Party are with Mary Frances and the Forrester family tonight," said North Carolina GOP Chairman Robin Hayes in a statement.

Forrester, an 11-term senator and physician, was 74. He made headlines in September when he told a town hall that gay people die early and should adopt a "normal lifestyle."

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  1. Good riddance to white trash!

    Posted by: d | Oct 31, 2011 2:14:28 PM

  2. What's that old saying...

    You should only speak good of the dead. He's dead. Good.

    Posted by: victor | Oct 31, 2011 2:15:46 PM

  3. God works in mysterious ways! *COUGH*

    Posted by: joe c | Oct 31, 2011 2:15:58 PM

  4. Thanks to no one but himself, I'll remember him as a reprehensible person. Rest In Peace.

    Posted by: luminum | Oct 31, 2011 2:16:14 PM

  5. Hopefully, he'll take his bill with him.

    Posted by: Talisman | Oct 31, 2011 2:17:04 PM

  6. i'm glad to see this idiot adopt a dead lifestyle. i'm only jealous because it's hot in hell and so cold here.

    Posted by: jayjay | Oct 31, 2011 2:21:16 PM

  7. I guess being a hateful bigot and a liar is bad for your health.

    Posted by: gaylib | Oct 31, 2011 2:21:56 PM

  8. One small step closer to a bigot-free world. What a Halloween treat!

    Posted by: RobF | Oct 31, 2011 2:22:36 PM

  9. Good riddance, next....

    Posted by: Chuck | Oct 31, 2011 2:24:20 PM

  10. Apparently it was his lifestyle that killed him.

    Posted by: dcinsider | Oct 31, 2011 2:25:25 PM

  11. Well....BYE!

    Posted by: Franklin | Oct 31, 2011 2:25:26 PM

  12. 74 eh? THat's old, but a whole lot of people live longer. Maybe a "normal lifestyle" isn't so great afterall.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 31, 2011 2:29:43 PM

  13. He was an evil man and it's good that he's gone and even better that there are fewer and fewer like him left with each passing day.

    Posted by: ohplease | Oct 31, 2011 2:30:53 PM

  14. We sometimes make progress one retirement or one death at a time.

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 31, 2011 2:36:12 PM

  15. This man was my elected official. I suffered through his and his wife's hate for over 20 years. Hateful words, hateful actions, just pure hate, all in the name of their religious piety.

    Posted by: Joseph | Oct 31, 2011 2:36:38 PM

  16. As Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing."

    Posted by: JP | Oct 31, 2011 2:41:52 PM

  17. So obviously a closeted self hater- the dippity-doo curl that he fashioned on his head- no straight man would walk around with that.

    Posted by: homer | Oct 31, 2011 2:44:06 PM

  18. No tears shed, here.

    Posted by: enough already | Oct 31, 2011 2:45:19 PM

  19. Departure for Hell now boarding. Would passenger James Forrester please report to Gate 666? This is your first and final boarding call.

    Posted by: Pam Ann | Oct 31, 2011 2:49:28 PM

  20. In honor of the occasion.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 31, 2011 2:49:33 PM

  21. Buh Bye...

    Posted by: Reacenyc | Oct 31, 2011 2:52:47 PM

  22. Ironically, it's those who seek Heaven in the future that create Hell in the present.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 31, 2011 2:54:51 PM

  23. Is there an email address we can send our "condolences" to?

    Posted by: candide001 | Oct 31, 2011 3:01:09 PM

  24. I don't agree with he's ways and words but I do send my prayers to his family and friends. Never easy to loose a loved one.

    Posted by: Come on... | Oct 31, 2011 3:11:07 PM

  25. Good riddence to bad rubbish

    Posted by: zo | Oct 31, 2011 3:13:08 PM

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