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Mass State Senate Candidate Implies Gay 'Lifestyle' Is 'Sad, Meaningless'


In 2004, when she hosted a public access show called Speak Out!, Sandi Martinez claimed to know people who had been "cured" of gay desires and now realize that their gay "lifestyles" were empty.

"We've seen former homosexuals come out, who've been saved out of the lifestyle, who will tell you it was the love of God, that their lives were sad and empty and meaningless," said Martinez, currently a GOP candidate for the Massachusetts State Senate, during a 2004 Speak Out! episode in which she also slammed Halloween "not something that Christians should be involved in" and called it "a pagan invasion."

Martinez also implied in that episode that LGBT people don't deserve civil rights, saying, "They want to follow the same avenue of civil rights that many groups have done… The homosexual community has quite often used, 'we have our rights to do this, we have our rights to do that, and you're discriminating against us, etc.'"

Asked about the remarks, Martinez's campaign manager, Tom Firth, accused Lowell Sun reporter Grant Welker of "hav[ing] an agenda" and denied those comments were ever made. "There was no such remarks on the video. To suggest otherwise is a clear distortion and biased reporting."

Martinez, who told Welker "I don't consider what you're doing reporting," claimed she would take time to review the tapes and provide a longer comment but never called him back. Firth meanwhile insisted "[Martinez] doesn't have any anger toward homosexuals or cultists."

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  1. I would argue her head is empty and her hair is sad and meaningless.

    Posted by: tim | Nov 1, 2012 12:30:03 PM

  2. I'm going to guess there are backward conservative candidates running for State senate in all 50 states who have said inflammatory things. Why is T'road now covering Mass state senate races?

    Posted by: kipp | Nov 1, 2012 12:34:03 PM

  3. How soon we forget... With a name like Martinez she hasn't felt the sting of discrimination?

    Another 'pray away the gay' adherent. Phooey.

    Posted by: Burt | Nov 1, 2012 12:36:29 PM

  4. @KIPP: would you prefer people didn't have this information?

    Posted by: BETTY | Nov 1, 2012 12:48:21 PM

  5. GOP's Delaware candidate for state senator Eric Brodenweiser..a rabid anti-gay bible thumping bigot was indicted for child rape Oct 22nd. His dem contender is now up against a GOP write in candidate.

    Original news & update links:

    Posted by: Sooz | Nov 1, 2012 1:01:15 PM

  6. corrected link to Bodenweisser arrest:

    Posted by: Sooz | Nov 1, 2012 1:03:20 PM

  7. well, she's right - THEIR lives were empty. THEIR lives were filled with family and community that didnt accept them or love them as gay people.

    but the solution isn't that they need to adopt a lie and pretend to be straight, but for those people to work on their anti-gay prejudices.

    the gays didn't need ex-gay therapies. their families needed PFLAG.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 1, 2012 1:04:34 PM

  8. This is also the same district with Tisei running, the gay GOP congressional candidate. Politics make for strange bedfellows.

    Posted by: Sam | Nov 1, 2012 1:12:35 PM

  9. "... homosexuals or cultists."


    This guy Tom Firth must be on some awesome reality-bending drugs.

    Posted by: Tanoka | Nov 1, 2012 1:12:46 PM

  10. She makes some good points -- especially with the "right" business.
    NYC will soon be Atlantis and it won't matter. Don't you know that storm was punishment?

    Posted by: Gary | Nov 1, 2012 1:13:01 PM

  11. Our straight brethren have a divorce rate of 51%; now who is really sad????

    Posted by: BRAINS | Nov 1, 2012 1:24:54 PM

  12. what's sad & meaningless is that this woman & people like her don't have anything better to do with their lives...

    Posted by: mike/ | Nov 1, 2012 1:38:52 PM

  13. What sad is that hairstyle for someone who's in their 20-30's...sorry grandma not working for.

    Posted by: Johnny | Nov 1, 2012 1:41:53 PM

  14. In a way she's right, our lives are/would be more empty IF she had her way and we couldn't adopt, marry, or get equal state/federal rights. Oh wait, those things are NOT available to us everywhere, so yeah, my life is empty versus the straight guy/gal who can have the same things.

    Posted by: Drew | Nov 1, 2012 1:43:09 PM

  15. people like this woman encourage families to disown and shame their LGBT family members. then they say "look how unhappy they are!"

    uh, well, you made them that way.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Nov 1, 2012 1:52:50 PM

  16. Wow, I guess I should just hang up my successful career, my relationship of 18 years, my amazing friendships, my life's accomplishments, my writing, creative pursuits, teaching, mentoring, go ahead and negate all those whose lives I've touched, donations I've made, people I've helped, etc...

    Apparently, they're sad and meaningless.

    I think NOT.

    What a superior c*nt this woman is.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 1, 2012 2:41:44 PM

  17. With two full time careers and three small kids to raise, my husband and I would welcome a little "emptiness" in our lives.

    Posted by: Boone68 | Nov 1, 2012 4:28:13 PM

  18. I'm on the phone with Sandi Martinez now!!

    Call her: 978-710-3556

    Posted by: John Wolf | Nov 1, 2012 6:05:19 PM

  19. Feel free to send Sandi an email with your thoughts:


    Or spam her :)

    Posted by: John Wolf | Nov 1, 2012 6:22:00 PM

  20. Feel free to send Sandi an email with your thoughts:


    Or spam her :)

    Posted by: John Wolf | Nov 1, 2012 6:22:02 PM

  21. cultists? I don't get that

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Nov 1, 2012 6:53:32 PM

  22. "Cultists," this would be her reference to Mr. Robme?

    Posted by: Scott | Nov 1, 2012 7:07:00 PM

  23. I have read this and can understand the confusion, however Ms Martinez is a mother, christian and helps in the community. Sh has stated she supports gays rights in raising children, unlike some of her opponents. The article was in 2004 and 8 years later a lot has changed like laws to protect and advocate gay rights. She has been labeled unfairly by the reporter, talk to her se is totally not that way. Some of these comments are from assholes who dont take the time but bashing a straight person is just as bad, what makes you think we are the bad people here. We all need to work together before this country falls apart, and yes she is freinds with Richard Tisei and he knows she is not like that.

    Posted by: Tim | Nov 1, 2012 7:14:54 PM

  24. Tim, if she's so gay friendly, don't you think she should make a statement about how she was wrong for saying those things?

    Next you're gonna claim she has many gay friends...

    Posted by: Tanoka | Nov 1, 2012 8:23:34 PM

  25. What are the chances that her campaign manager's name is TIM?

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 1, 2012 8:48:07 PM

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