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MS Lawmaker Who Said Gays Spread Disease Tries To Explain Himself

GipsonMississippi state Representative Andy Gipson caused a firestorm last week after posting on Facebook condemnation of President Obama's gay marriage support that ended with Biblical scripture suggesting gay people be put to death.

"If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads," the scripture, the infamous Leviticus 20:13, reads. The lawmaker also said gay people spread disease.

As the news spread, Gipson, who is also a Baptist minister, tried to do some damage control, but to no avail, and the story soon went national and now Gipson claims he and his family are receiving death threats.

He also released a statement in which he again tries to plead his case:

Since [my posting], a well-known radical liberal blog (The Huffington Post) ran an article falsely claiming that this Facebook post was a call "to kill gay people." Nothing could be further from the truth. I have never publicly or privately called for the killing of any people. I believe all people are created in the image of God and I stand firmly for the sanctity of all human life. All people are entitled to protection of the laws of our nation and state protecting human life.

Any reasonable person who reads the actual post can see that both scripture were cited only for the proposition that same-sex marriage is morally objectionable — sin. I believe this reflects the values of the vast majority of Mississippians and the people of District 77 whom I represent.

That last bit's actually true: a November Public Policy Polling survey found that only 13% of the state's residents support gay marriage; 78% oppose. Mississippi also has the nation's largest population of same-sex couples raising children.

Maybe that familiarity theory of gay rights isn't quite right.

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  1. Don't ranting homophobes know that we gays don't make death THREATS?

    Posted by: darkmoonman | May 22, 2012 1:59:36 AM

  2. This guy looks constipated in that picture.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | May 22, 2012 2:11:50 AM

  3. Matt:

    So basically all gay people are promiscuous and spread disease? If that's what you get out of his remark, then that's what you and he are saying.
    Gee, with "friends" like you, who needs enemies?"

    No, that's not what he's saying at all. What he's saying is that sleazy people spread disease, and straight people can (and are) sleazy too. It's the whole, 'yeah, there are sleazy gay people that spread disease, just like there are sleazy straight people that spread disease.


    Posted by: theotherlee | May 22, 2012 2:29:34 AM

  4. These rank minister's attempts to mop up after they've thrown up all over people is despicable. Such brilliant men need to develop more foresight, which is ALSO Divine in Christ's eyes.

    Posted by: Calvin Smith | May 22, 2012 5:00:47 AM

  5. Awwww... the poor homophobe is now whining that the people he tried to marginalize aren't just rolling over? Is he shocked at how many straight folk are equally outraged over his selective scripture quoting? Poor thing.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | May 22, 2012 9:59:05 AM

  6. He is not the enemy. The "holy" bible is the enemy. It calls for the execution of all those who work on the Sabbath. Lets just consider the magnitude of that slaughter. If there is anyone alive after that we are to execute all those who curse their parents. Anyone still alive? Have they committed adultery? Execution is called for. Anyone else still alive? All those who worship gods other than the barbarous tribal god of the Israelites called yahweh are to be executed. And you thought the Taliban were crazy.

    Posted by: andrew | May 22, 2012 10:27:27 AM

  7. "He is not the enemy. The "holy" bible is the enemy."

    No, he is the enemy. He's a government official mixing religion with secular politics and using the Bible to suggest the deaths of gay people. The Bible didn't make him ignorant of the US Constitution. He used it, unsuccessfully, for his own bigoted purposes.

    Posted by: Ernie | May 22, 2012 10:40:13 AM

  8. God is the perfect Moron.

    Posted by: Mic | May 22, 2012 11:29:19 AM

  9. According to this poll, members of Congress are a grade lower in speech skills than a few years ago: most of the culprits are new members and Republicans ( Is it any wonder, then, that this idiot (and any anti-gay NC minister) has to "explain" himself?

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 22, 2012 2:11:56 PM

  10. Russia has the "stan" countries; we have the south. I call that region Dumbfuckistan. Let them secede. The collective IQ of the country would go up 10 points.

    Posted by: NiceRed | May 22, 2012 7:12:39 PM

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