GOP ‘Family Values’ Mayor Greg Davis of Southaven, MS Forced Out of Closet by Receipts from Gay Sex Shop

Greg Davis, the mayor of Southaven, Mississippi, "who ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2008 on a conservative, family-values platform" according to the Commercial Appeal, has been forced out of the closet over receipts uncovered in a criminal investigation over misused expenses. The receipts included "thousands of dollars worth of liquor, expensive dinners at a local restaurant and a visit to an adult store catering to gay men":

G_davisAs details emerged Thursday from the receipts, provided by state auditors to Southaven aldermen and subsequently obtained by The Commercial Appeal, Davis conceded publicly for the first time in an interview with The CA that he is gay and has struggled to keep the issue from affecting his public life as mayor of Mississippi's third-largest city.

"At this point in my life and in my career, while I have tried to maintain separation between my personal and public life, it is obvious that this can no longer remain the case," Davis said Thursday afternoon at his Southaven home. "While I have performed my job as mayor, in my opinion, as a very conservative, progressive individual — and still continue to be a very conservative individual — I think that it is important that I discuss the struggles I have had over the last few years when I came to the realization that I am gay."

Davis doesn't recall what he bought at the Priape sex shop:

The receipts were provided to state auditors in hopes of decreasing the approximately $170,000 they have demanded Davis repay the city for improper charges to both his city-issued and personal credit cards. Auditors asked city aldermen, who approved the expenses, to review the receipts before making a decision on accepting them to reduce Davis' payments…

…a review by The CA shows that Davis spent thousands of dollars at the Mesquite Chop House in Southaven and thousands more at local liquor stores. Also included in the receipts is a charge for $67 at Priape, a store in Toronto that is described by its website as "Canada's premiere gay lifestyle store and sex shop."

Davis said he didn't remember what he bought at the store, which he visited on a recruitment trip with Mid-South warehouse developers.

Photo: Davis running for Congress in 2008.

Comments

  1. Pete n SFO says

    Of course I feel for the guy & the struggle that he must be in…

    but let’s take a step back; he’s lying to his wife (likely), cheating on his taxes, & trying to pacify the people that will now vilify him regardless by claiming to be a conservative/progressive…

    Buddy, get some counseling. You’re lying is now so hard-wired that you don’t stand a chance w/o some help.

    Conservative/progressive; is that like, “jumbo-shrimp”?

  2. redball says

    So, let’s see:

    He gave a statement admitting, “I am gay.”

    And he will now “take time off through the holidays starting today to spend time with his family.”

    That household’s “holiday” is gonna be such a sh!t show!

  3. Alex Parrish says

    Tragic that he had to destroy his life this way because of his fear of himself. I wonder–is he married to a woman? Is that his family in the photo or is that a rent-a-family crew? Did he damage their lives too by his deceit? Dollars-to-doughnuts he’s closely tied with some fundie church.

  4. Gigi says

    Thanks for the shout out to Toronto! Other than that, I always find this to be a tragic story. I made different choices when I was a kid. The fundies always like to say that being gay is a choice, which we all know is a bold-faced lie. What is a choice however is how you will live your life. I know I’m preaching to the choir here but I don’t think this distinction is made often enough. I chose NOT to date girls and pretend that I was interested in them, using them as a Bachmann-style beard. I chose NOT to get married, have children and end up like this man. What WAS a choice was to live my life as a happy, openly gay man. The happy part took some time (after being disowned by my family at 18), but eventually it all fell into place.

  5. HadenoughBS says

    What a shocker! OMG, another “conservative” closeted gay GOPer politican lying to himself, his family and his constituents. Was he born this way? I mean, did he choose to lie and make life miserable for so many or was he born to lie his way through this charade?? It just goes to prove how miserable a place the self-imposed closet can be for so many, especially rightwing conservatives. I guess it’ll be a real Mary Christmas at the Greg Davis household this year.

  6. Janie says

    Yep, that’s his wife and three daughters. He served his wife with divorce papers at a church dayschool here in Southaven (while she was there with her class during a field trip for childhood development)last December. He’s a sorry SOB and I hope the Feds nail his ass to the wall for what he has done to this community.

  7. Craig says

    Didn’t remember what he bought at a gay sex shop? He was there as a part of a tour of warehouses? “I wonder what THIS is?! I know, I’ll buy it on my county credit card and take it home and see if anyone else can figure it out, ’cause of course, I’m straight.” Right.

  8. sleepy bear says

    i never cease to not get pissed off at these jerks popping up like whack-a-moles… and he considers himself a “progressive, conservative individual.” wtf, you stupid d-bag.

  9. sparks says

    Another one bites the dust.

    Wonder what the ratio of “family values” to “closeted self-loathing gay” we’d come up with if all conservative candidates were forced to take lie detector tests.

  10. Lymis says

    It says something about society that an unspecified $67.00 charge to a shop that “caters to gay men” – which means it’s also full of products a straight guy could use with his wife – is what blows the whistle and ends the career, when the thousands of dollars on booze and restaurants doesn’t.

    And that it’s the sex shop that will be the news, not the hypocrisy of a career based on lies and “family values” and anti-gay legislation when he is himself gay.

    On the other had, takes down these assholes, especially when they shoot their own feet.

  11. says

    I just feel sorry for this man. He has ruined his life because his brand of Christianity brain-washed him into thinking his innermost feelings were evil. Now he has ruined his life and the lives of his wife and kids.

    I automatically suspect any “straight” man who spends any time at all blathering about the evils of homosexuality.

  12. Continuum says

    Don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    The guy lived high on the hog using his position of mayor to run up over $190K in personal, undocumented expenses. Clearly, he was a fat piggie enjoying his own personal trough.

    But, now, we’ll have the right winger, evan-talabangilists screaming about the gays who are ruining society. The Xtianists will demand even more discrimination against gays.

    The mayor turns out to be one of the many self-hating, family-value hypocrites who surpressed his true nature and became a persecutor instead. If society had allowed him to be himself, chances are he wouldn’t have been such a self-loathing, deceptive hypocrite.

    Instead the Xtianists who run Mississippi created a closeted hypocrite, who learned that deception and lies were the only way he could live his life. Both sexually and as to his fiduciary responsibilities.

  13. TampaZeke says

    I’m from DeSoto County Mississipp, where Southaven is located and I can’t say that I’m a bit surprised. The right-wing, homophobic closet cases there are a dime a dozen, including withing my own family.

  14. james says

    He’ll figure out a way to avoid prison or get probation for his financial misdeeds, get the divorce and the counseling, relocate to a major city with a gay male community, become something of a celebrity, appear on talk shows, and write a book about his “struggles” which will make enough in royalties to give him at least some modest income. And I will resent that.

  15. Coony says

    Oh. My. God.
    As a gay man living in Mississippi, I say this is the juiciest thing to happen here in ages.

    Having said that, I feel sorry for this family. Knowing people here his wife will stand by him like the good little automaton she is, and he will “use god to work through this trying time”….

  16. Mary says

    Always sad when a spouse and children get hurt like this. I hope he can at least maintain a relationship with his kids. And Endo, is there a reason you find it funny that this man’s daughter is crying? Yeah, the guy’s behavior was wrong. But is his kid to blame?

    So the Christian Right faces another humiliation. It seems this just isn’t destined to be our year. But I’d caution against making too much of these “homophobe turns out to be secretly gay” episodes. It’s silly to claim that everyone right wing person who takes an interest in LGBT issues is really suppressing homosexual feelings. A few high profile cases don’t indicate a trend – they simply make a for a good laugh now and then.

  17. Tom in long beach says

    Note to self: Buy sex toys, porn and lube with cash next time.

    Like one of the previous posters, So glad I decided to live with integrity as an out gay male. Better to be a waiter/artist/ handyman
    and sleep at night than some high profile schmuck, who;s life is a pack of lies and a house of cards. Glad I did not impose shame and emotional suffering on a woman I married to try and fix myself.

    Spending all the money on the high life is just so wrong !!! He deserves jail, but most likely will get slap on the wrist. “White collar crime, you won’t do the time”…

  18. RWG says

    Why the hell is a mayor from Southaven, MS “recruiting” for warehouse owners in Toronto, ON? Is there a shortage of qualified warehouse workers in Mississippi? Have they run out of room to store stuff in Canada?

  19. Chris in Irvine says

    How stupid or clueless this guy is? One thing is that he was struggling with his sexuality and (finally) decided to accept who he really is. Fine.

    But why spend state money on his visits to the sex toy store? If you were trying to hide your sexuality, wouldn’t you leave no clues about your expenses in gay toys?

    He was thinking like another GOP/Republican rat – abusing the money of the tax payers because they think they are entitled to screw their people and can get away with it! And because of this, I hope he goes to jail!

  20. justinw says

    Sympathy for this family. None for him. He had to know he was doing wrong. Wrong by his wife, wrong by his family, wrong by the people who extended trust to him. It’s not wrong to be gay and closeted, but it is very wrong to be gay, closeted, deceitful and a quisling.

  21. jpeckjr says

    @RWG: He was probably recruiting businesses, not workers, to locate in Southaven. The Memphis airport is the major shipping hub for FedEx, so merchandise warehousing for companies shipping by FedEx is a business opportunity for the area. Nothing particularly sinister about it.

  22. james says

    Alternative scenario: his divorce has already been finalized. I bet his ex-wife knew he was gay already. He’ll have to resign as mayor because of the spending issues, in exchange for no prosecution. He’ll disappear for a time, then resume his career as an engineer, possibly in another city. That’s when, on a talk show, we’ll meet the man in his life.

  23. Dastius Krazitauc says

    This is from his bio on his mayoral website:

    “Greg is a wonderful husband and girl-daddy,” Suzann says, “he can fix a broken toilet —- and do one of the best ponytails you have ever seen!”

  24. Robert in NYC says

    He filled Michele Bachmann’s mantra that gays can marry if they marry someone of the opposite sex. The right wingers and ex-gay groups will use it to justify their claims that gay is a choice. Isn’t it revealing that the majority of these sorry cases are almost always republican men.

  25. Rick says

    I really wonder, as I read these comments, what some of you think are the alternatives for a gay (or bi) man–he is really bi or he could not have had sex with a woman for years–living in a small town in Mississippi or the rest of the Deep South or, for that matter, much of the country.

    Do you honestly think that an openly gay man would have a prayer of having any kind of professional career in such a place? Seriously? Who would hire him? If he were a doctor, who would come to his practice? If he were a lawyer, who would be his clients?

    So, given that his choice in such a place is either to live in the closet–and become a conservative Republican as is expected of anyone “in society” in such a place, as much as being a liberal Democrat is expected of someone in a place like San Francisco–or to relegate himself to a life as a florist, a hairdresser, or an antique dealer, what is he supposed to do?

    What if he does not find leaving the community he grew up in and his family appealing and does not want to live in New York or San Francisco or even Atlanta or New Orleans?

    I am not surprised at the viciousness in this thread–gay men are probably the nastiest and least empathetic people in the world when it comes to how they treat each other, of which this is just another example.

    I am not completely defending his actions, but these situations are not as simple as some of you pretend….but of course, if you are a nasty, bitter, hateful queen, that doesn’t really matter to you, does it?

  26. Rick says

    Oh, and one other thing–“feeling sorry for the family”. Good God Almighty!–as though his wife is not likely to be a total right-wing homophobe herself……but I guess because she has a vagina, she gets sympathy anyway……according to the twisted mental processes of some of you (the same way that divas get a pass even when they are found to be homophobes).

    Pathetic.

  27. Dastius Krazitauc says

    Rick, if you have such contempt for the people who post here, why do you spend so much time on this site?

    What you call “nasty, bitter, hateful, and queeny” is a response to his being a craven hypocrite whose “family values” positions make the lives of the braver, open gays in his own community harder. That is worthy of bitter reactions, if you ask me.

  28. Rick says

    @Dastius Krazitauc Why don’t you answer my damn question about what someone in that situation is supposed to do in the REAL WORLD, not in the hypothetically pure world that you can get away with living in the Castro or in Chelsea or in WeHo.

    There are no “brave, open” gays in small towns in the Deep South…..not in any positions of substance in the community. Why? Because it would be suicidal to try to be. Do you just not understand that or do you just not give a damn about people facing that dilemna?

    So I ask you again, what is someone in his situation supposed to do? Don’t tell me what he is NOT supposed to do…..tell me, instead, what he IS supposed to do.

    Thanks.

  29. says

    This is so textbook it’s not even surprising. And as much as I look at him and the “pressures” on him in life….he brought this on himself.

    So many young LGBT people live each day with targets on their backs. They’re born into ultra-conservative families. They’re born into ultra-religions communities. They’re born into anti-gay worlds.

    And yet….they still defy it and Come Out and work for change, and demand to live their life on their own terms, no matter how hateful the world is to them. And they do it at very young ages. So Im continually confused as to why these grown-ass MEN, not children, are so unwilling or unable to do the same.

    I guess that goes to show how powerful anti-gay sentiment really is – it’s so strong in America that a gay man will waste decades of his life lying, create a false image and a sham marriage and bring children into it, all to convince the people who are SUPPOSED to love him that he’s “not gay” .

    it’s a sad statement of where our worldwide culture still is.

  30. Nat says

    “So, given that his choice in such a place is either to live in the closet–and become a conservative Republican as is expected of anyone “in society” in such a place, as much as being a liberal Democrat is expected of someone in a place like San Francisco–”

    That’s flat-out farcical. Yes, there are particular geographic locales that lean one way or another – and sometimes very strongly – but there’s a sizable conservative segment in San Francisco, and there’s a sizable liberal population in the deepest, darkest place of the south.

    And while we might talk about the tragedy of living in the closet, I don’t think that alone raised hackles. It was the fact that another one of our own was working against us through the same ‘family values’ framework. No one forced him to be a conservative Republican. And no one forced him to hate on gays.

    “Oh, and one other thing–“feeling sorry for the family”. Good God Almighty!–as though his wife is not likely to be a total right-wing homophobe herself”

    Perhaps. I still feel sorry for her, and the family. It’s terrible how we let ourselves be warped by absolute belief.

    “but I guess because she has a vagina, she gets sympathy anyway……”

    She gets sympathy because she’s a human being who’s in a particularly difficult moment. That sympathy might increase or decrease, depending on any additional information that comes out. But being affected by the sadness of the human condition isn’t a bad thing.

    And I would feel just as sorry if a conservative Republican woman turned out to be a lesbian and left a heterosexual marriage in tatters.

  31. Dastius Krazitauc says

    Rick, I am from South Carolina, so I know all about life in small Southern towns. I do not live in the Castro, WeHo or Chelsea; I live in Mexico, where young male couples can be seen cuddling in the parks. It is a new world, thanks to the half-century work of millions of gay people being brave enough to live openly, to the gay pride parades, and to pro-gay activists and politicians around the world.

    To your question of what should he have done, he should have had some dignity and integrity. I know all about lockstep conservative politics in the South, but I believe many of those voters know this “family values” stuff is bull, and that voting against gay people is really voting against their own families.

  32. says

    And RICK, I know so many openly-gay people, of all ages in ALL professions.

    Just because your own father hated having you for a son and demanded that you Hide your gayness (badly, no doubt) in public and at work doesn’t mean that other LGBT do, or have to.

    It just means that you’re a wimp and you’re resentful of all LGBT people who have more courage to live openly than you do. You’re a grown-adult Closet Case. You complain about the gay community from the confines of your closet. That makes you about as useful as tits on a fish.

    I know it’s hard for you to imagine that any Out lgbt people could maintain jobs and respect and admiration – namely because your own father wishes you committed suicide in your teens, and is ashamed to be related to you, but that’s not justfiication to insist that everyone else is, or needs to be, Closeted.

    We get it. You’re not able to be Out because you’re still ashamed of being gay because your dad didn’t love you.

    There are tonnes of brave open gays in small towns all across America, even in the Deep South. Don’t assume that none exist merely because you still dont’ have the balls to be Out.

  33. Rick says

    @Nat I tell you what, Nat. You give me ONE SINGLE example of an openly gay man in Mississippi or Alabama who holds a position of significance of any kind in the public sphere, other than perhaps as an ACLU attorney. Go ahead, give me just one.

    As for “hating on gay people”, while I will grant that the “family values” mantra is often just a euphemism for homophobia, it is not always that, for all people. The loss of the family structure in this country is very real–and it has had enormously negative consequences, so there are individuals who see it that way.

    Is there any evidence that this guy went out of his way to harm gay people? None that I know of. And trust me, if he were not a conservative Republican, he would not have been able to have a viable political career in that community–or dozens of others like it.

    So many of you people are such political animals that you lose sight of what the purpose of the gay movement is supposed to be in the first place–it is supposed to be about freeing people like this man from the societal circumstances that forced him to make the decisions he did…..and just because we may be close to achieving that in Manhattan or a handful of other urban precincts on the East and West coasts and in a few college towns does not mean that we are anywhere near achieving it in places like Southaven, Mississippi.

    So please, spare me all the self-righteousness….the fact that most of you pounced on another gay man in tragic circumstances while defending the straight (and no doubt homophobic) woman he is married to just speaks volumes…….volumes and volumes about what you really are all about…..and it is a very ugly picture, indeed.

  34. George M says

    Rick what do you think he should have done?
    I think if he knew at all he had feelings for guy before he was with her he had a responsibility to not take that step. If they developed after he needed to do something about it, be upfront with her, again easier from the outside I know. But he made the bed…

  35. says

    RICK, what’s your excuse for continuing to be a pathetic Closet Case?

    Post the URL to your own page/video so we can all see the shining example of a masculine gay male role model that you continually claim to be.

    Those with nothing to hide hide nothing…… I call your bluff.

  36. says

    c’mon, RICK, post the URL to your own page/video so we can all see the Great Masculine Gay Role Model you claim to be.

    What’s the URL, RICK? Surely you’re Out, representing Strong Gay Men, right?

    PROVE IT. I call your bluff.

  37. George M says

    Rick I hear you the movement but do you hear you’re self? You speak with anger towards woman, really what is your back ground, maybe it would be easier to understand where your coming from. Can you just explain the woman/ gay man dynamic, maybe I just can’t see it, help me with that

  38. Keke says

    I’m sorry, But this jackass deserves it, I’m sick and tired of these phony d-bags hiding in the closet.
    It forces us to Out these hypocrites, when the others in his party are constantly bashing us, and want to take away our rights as citizens.
    This is when I’m all for outing these pathetic losers

  39. Rick says

    “Can you just explain the woman/ gay man dynamic, maybe I just can’t see it, help me with that”

    Really, George. Just go to a Lady Gaga or Madonna concert and that should answer all your questions. Hint: Your observation of the audience would be totally different from what you would observe at the concert of any male performer, including openly gay ones like Ricky Martin or Elton John

  40. says

    RICK, are you a 15 year old boy in rural Alabama? No? Then why aren’t YOU Out?

    Lady Gaga? Madonna? Yeah. You’re gonna see openly gay people there. What’s your point? You hate Gaga and Madonna, and are still Closeted.

    You hating Lady Gaga hasn’t helped you Come Out – it’s driven you further IN.

    So, what are YOU doing to help rural gay teens in the Deep South, RICK?

    How about you post the URL to your own page/video so we can see what a great masculine gay male role model you are?

    URL, please.

  41. George M says

    I was hoping you could tell me why that matters? There has to be something more to it. Dude I wish you lived here, this would be a good conversation over 4 pitchers of coors light!!

  42. Bear says

    What’s funny is the assumption by many that it was a dildo that he purchased. Anyone who’s been to the Priape store in Toronto knows that a dildo would be one of the tamer purchases there. I’m guessing he spent a lot of time in the back perusing the leather ball gags, sounding rods and electro-stim equipment. If he was looking for a dildo, there are plenty of stores in the vicinity of Priape that are cheaper and less gay-oriented.

  43. TampaZeke says

    Rick, I can somewhat understand what you’re trying to say but as a gay man who grew up in a very Republican family with a Southern Baptist pastor father in Hernando, Mississippi just ten miles south of Southaven, I can tell you that there are MANY options for gay people in that environment besides being a right wing homophobic bigot or a florist or hairdresser. Even if he wanted to be conservative or a Republican, and even if he wanted to “fit in” by being a married family man, being a rabid homophobe is not required to be ANY of those things. This is why many people on this thread are furious with him. I think that’s reasonable. I do feel sorry for him on many levels but I also know that he had choices, as I did, and he made some very, VERY poor decisions that are now coming back to bite him, and his family, in the ass not to mention hurt MANY gay people in his state.

  44. ProfessorVP says

    WTF is a “progressive conservative individual?” I don’t care if it makes me seem like a bad person… I see no tragedy in this, only humor. The mitigating factor is his having pandered to hate-mongers for his own personal and political gain. That, kids, makes it funny, not sad. Now, if Santa gets my letter, the next such story will be about Rick Perry.

  45. Rob says

    Have to say I’d rather read comments about the news items than comments about the comments. I saw a great bumper sticker once that said “Let us marry each other and we’ll quit marrying you.”

  46. Rick says

    @Tampazeke Where is the evidence that he is a “rabid homophobe?” If there is such evidence, then I take back what I said. But I don’t know of any such evidence. Simply being a conservative Republican and being in favor or “family values” does not automatically make one a homophobe–on the other hand, if he was out there promoting some kind of anti-gay legislation, that would be a whole other matter.

  47. JakeP says

    Almost feel bad for the guy. I’m sure he’s probably been places in some fundy church at an early age, and now the BS they convinced him (I’ll stop being gay once I marry, etc) of has spilled over into the lives of some poor woman and the kids. It’s no excuse for abusing gov funds the way he did, but the instability of these fundy closet-cases seem to often spill over into just about every part of their life. It’ll mess a guy up.

  48. syncboy says

    I’ve looked over this guy’s commercials on YouTube and his website for election as mayor (www.mayorgregdavis.com) and I can’t find anything that makes him a “family values” candidate, nor is there anything anti-LGBT. (I can’t find his congressional website.)

    I’m troubled by his stance on a host of other issues–immigration and the Bush tax cuts, for example–but I don’t see anything hypocritical to warrant the wrath of the internet now that he’s coming out as gay. I understand that his support of the GOP in general means that he is supporting anti-LGBT policies and positions, but I don’t think he’s a self-hating gay man doing real harm to the LGBT community.

    If someone can find something to contradict this, I will gladly light my virtual torch and join the mob.

  49. George M says

    We don’t need to comment on him anymore, his own party will take care of it. TheBlaze is doing a fine job, a right leaning site. Its also ripping gays apart aswell. Hes going to have a harder time with the republicans I think.
    Their rough over there

  50. says

    Rick, wanted an example of someone from the Deep South who is out and has a good job? Patricia Todd, the only gay person in the Alabama State Legislature. Kathy Webb, the only gay person in the Arkansas State Legislature. Sure, they’re the “only ones,” but at least in these states they exist. I interviewed Ms. Todd for my magazine (yes, the Deep South, INCLUDING MISSISSIPPI, has a GLBT magazine, go to facebook.com/outonthetown for more info).

    Now Mississippi isn’t the safest state for GLBTs; in fact, it may be the unsafest. But to say people can’t be out and have good jobs anywhere in the state is just pig trash. There are flourishing out gay communities in Jackson and on the Gulf Coast, and smaller ones in Hattiesburg and Meridian. Let’s not forget Southaven is the third largest city in the state and a bedroom community of Memphis…it has gays. In fact, bedroom communities are where a lot of gay people live and raise families (Maumelle outside Little Rock, for example, or even Ridgeland outside of Jackson).

    As a Southerner who now lives in Arkansas and lives openly and runs GLBT media that has perhaps never been seen before in a lot of this area, to say that people can’t be open and make strides toward at least basic understanding of GLBT issues is appalling and just not true.

  51. uffda says

    Mike* thank you, your’s is an interesting and informative post, not just another obnoxious Kiwi diatribe. Rick should thank you for conveying your experience. I do.

  52. says

    Rick, Southaven is not a small town in the deep south. It’s a suburb of Memphis, which has at least a large gay pride parade.

    Gay politics have been working for years, and contrary to your narrow stereotypical view that people can be out only in SF or WEHO, there are many rural places like my own state where gay people feel perfectly comfortable being out. Our governor just appointed the first lesbian supreme court justice, who happens to have spearheaded the marriage equality movement here. Oh, but she’s a woman, so you wouldn’t care.

    The only people who aren’t out these days are wimps and conservatives. Anywhere.

    And re Priape, my guess would be that he could even have gotten a pair of undies for $67. It’s not just a sex shop. They have clothes as well — or at least the Montreal branch does. Overpriced club wear and undies, mostly.

  53. jack says

    There are so many of these stories that it makes you wonder if there are any straight monogamous family values conservatives. The gods are truly blessing LGBT people with such flawed opponents.

  54. shadow_man says

    We need to get the word out to religious communities that anti-gay people are twisting God’s words to condone their hate.

    Homosexuality is not a sin. The Bible is constantly being taken out of context to support anti-gay views. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, Greek temple sex worship, prostitution, pederasty with teen boys, and rape, not homosexuality or two loving consenting adults.

    http://www.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/NotASin.htm
    http://www.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homosexuality_print.html
    http://www.christchapel.com/reclaiming.html
    http://www.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php
    http://www.gaychristian101.com/
    http://www.mccchurch.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Resources&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=2121
    http://www.wouldjesusdiscriminate.org/biblical_evidence.html
    http://www.soulforce.org/article/homosexuality-bible-gay-christian
    http://www.goodhopemcc.org/spirituality/sexuality-and-bible/homosexuality-not-a-sin-not-a-sickness.html

  55. shadow_man says

    This is the perfect example of how anti-gay people change the bible’s words for their anti-gay agenda.

    Corinthians 6:9-11
    Let us examine that very closely.

    Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [malakoi], nor homosexual offenders [arsenokoites], nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

    First of all, before we address this line, let us consider one thing. Supposedly taken from a 2000+ year old book, understand that the word “homosexual” was not coined until 1869 by Austrian-born novelist Karl-Maria Kertbeny. So how it happens to be included in a true reading of the particular biblical passage should make you ponder how accurate the interpretation actually is. So man changing the words of the Bible to conveniently spread hate?

    Absolutely.

  56. shadow_man says

    For those of you claiming homosexuality is a “lifestyle”, that is a false and ignorant statement. Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don’t choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

    http://www-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differential-brain-activation.pdf
    http://www.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146-gay-brains-structured-like-those-of-the-opposite-sex.html
    Gay, Straight Men’s Brain Responses Differ
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
    http://www.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_genes.html
    http://www.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k586276/
    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2008/06/16/172/

    There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. “Nurture” may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.

    And it should also be noted that:
    “It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organizations do believe it is impossible to change a person’s sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association.”

  57. shadow_man says

    This was taken from another poster that shows why we need to legalize gay marriage. If you don’t feel for this person after reading it, you simply aren’t human.

    “I am not sure what our President thinks of this dicission but coming from a poor family and knowing what discrimination is all about I would assume he would not care if “Gays” have equal rights. The whole reason why they are asking for rights to be considered married is from the same reason why I would be for it. My own life partner commited suicide in our home with a gun to his heart. After a 28 year union I was deprived to even go his funeral. We had two plots next to each other. But because we did not have a marriage cirtificate “(Legal Document)” of our union his mother had him cremated and his ashes taken back to Missouri where we came from. That is only one example how painful it is. His suicide tramatized me so much and her disregard for my feelings only added to my heartach. That happened on March 21 of 2007 and I still cannot type this without crying for the trauma I have to endure each day. Oh did I mention I am in an electric wheelchair for life? Yes I am and it is very diffacult to find another mate when you are 58 and in a wheelchair. ”

  58. says

    if nothing else this should serve as a perfect piece of evidence for just how strong anti-gay sentiment in America is, and what it does to a great number of homosexual people.

    it forces them into extreme forms of “hiding”

    this is what people should be talking about. that being gay is still so “negative” in the eyes of so many people, particularly Conservatives, that otherwise-gay people are scared into hiding and leading false inauthentic lives.

  59. GLEN says

    southaven ms has no room for a fag as a mayor.if you want to continue to be a mayor take your fag friend to san fransico and run for mayor there.well that might not work there would be to many other fags there!!!youll would probally cheat on each other!!

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