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Homophobic Minnesota Lawmaker Proudly Introduces Close 'Ex-Gay' Friend on House Floor: VIDEO


As we noted earlier, hearings are underway in Minnesota House and Senate panels on a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage there.

In late February when the bill was introduced, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen (R) appeared at a press conference to tell the media that gay people who say they're "born that way" are lying.

Said Gruenhagen:

"We're talking about gay marriage. We're not talking about an immutable characteristic like the color of your skin. The human genomap was completed in 2003. There is no gay gene. Okay? So the concept that you're 'born that way' and it's an immutable characteristic is an unscientific LIE. Okay? The human genomap has been completed. I urge you, as the news media, to give both sides a fair and open hearing on this debate because it has tremendous ramifications not only for our society but for our children in general."

GruenhagenYesterday, as a "point of personal privelege", Gruenhagen took a moment to introduce the entire Minnesota House to his "ex-gay" friend Kevin Petersen, who helped Gruenhagen try to pass the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage last November.

Said Gruenhagen to the House:

I have a close friend here — the last couple years — his name is Kevin Petersen. Kevin, why don’t you stand up and say hi? The interesting thing about Kevin is he was active in the gay lifestyle for about 10 years, and then he left it, got married, and he now has three children. Thank you.

Watch Gruenhagen introduce his "ex-gay" buddy, AFTER THE JUMP...

(clip via think progress)

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  1. Who are these people?

    Posted by: HopeSpringsATurtle | Mar 12, 2013 12:37:28 PM

  2. either he's a bisexual, or he's one of many people who cared way too much about bigots' opinions.

    PFLAG could have helped him. Heck, PFLAG can STILL help him and his family.

    of course an ex-gay would oppose gays marrying. heaven forbid other people have the happiness he's denying himself for life, eh?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 12, 2013 12:39:39 PM

  3. Dear moron politician,

    Okay, so let's assume it's a choice.

    Religion is clearly a personal choice, and yet discrimination is not allowed on the basis of religion. Legitimacy status is not genetic. It's based on the behavior of your parents. But discrimination is not allowed on the basis of legitimacy status. National origin is not genetic. Familial status is not genetic. Veteran status? Disability status? Nope. All these protected classes are based on personal choices and behaviors. Some not within our control, others clearly tied specifically to our own choices.

    So take the "it's not genetic" argument and stick it.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 12, 2013 12:41:54 PM

  4. i guess they still think that being anti-gay will ensure their children are straight, eh?

    good luck with that, folks. enjoy burying your children, rather than walking them down the aisle.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 12, 2013 12:46:01 PM

  5. What the hell does "active in the gay lifestyle" mean?

    Posted by: Brian G | Mar 12, 2013 12:49:09 PM

  6. Thomas, EXCELLENT post and perfect points. Thank you.

    Posted by: Bobby | Mar 12, 2013 12:49:50 PM

  7. So this f**cking MN politician Gruenhagen thinks I'm lying about why I'm gay? He's an idiot. Not only that, he's stupid, backwards, uneducated, dumb and a GOPer. Can I decribe him an plainer than that?

    As to his "ex-gay" friend, he's a sad and confused excuse for a back-in-the-closet male.

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Mar 12, 2013 12:52:54 PM

  8. "And how do I know he's not gay? Because if he were, he would have swallowed my load yesterday instead of spitting it out."

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 12, 2013 12:54:21 PM

  9. as for gay not being "immutable" - i dunno about anyone else on here but was labeled the "neighbourhood f@ggot" before I was 8 years old.

    the only way i was able to avoid that very specific bullying was to be transferred to school district at the other end of the city when i was 12 years old, and then adopt a wholly-artificial manner and way of "being" as a disguise.

    immutable my @SS.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 12, 2013 12:56:49 PM

  10. I sincerely hope that preacher of dimwit tried ye goode olde electro shock therapy to "cure" himself.

    Posted by: aut1st1c | Mar 12, 2013 12:59:38 PM

  11. BOBBY--Thank you :) I wonder why opposing politicians don't make this argument more often, frankly.

    Posted by: Thomas | Mar 12, 2013 1:00:10 PM

  12. Let's see. This guy claims the "The human genomap was completed in 2003. There is no gay gene. Okay?"

    Meanwhile, we don't have a clue as to what most of those genes do. It's like looking for a specific straw in a haystack when you don't know what that specific straw looks like.

    Even funnier, all his ex-gay friend with his three kids show is that sperm is sperm and that, if straight guys can be "gay for pay," then gay guys can be "straight for pay," even if the pay is merely social approval from one's Calvinist minister.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 12, 2013 1:00:36 PM

  13. @ Brian G. Active status means that you've practiced homosexuality during the past fiscal year. If you decide to discontinue practice for a time greater than one year you may request an inactive status. If at some time you decide to once again continue to practice you can change your status to active, provided that you've brought your dues up to date including those dues covering the period when you were on an inactive status. It's all in the membership handbook.

    Posted by: SammySeattle | Mar 12, 2013 1:03:04 PM

  14. So what is the significane of introducing a closet case to everybody?

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 12, 2013 1:03:34 PM

  15. As much as people love Lady Gaga, her "Born this way" campaign was pretty much a double-edged sword for LGBT rights. It helped a lot of teens to come out, but it was heavy-handed, reductive, and was pretty much negated by transgender people who literally feel like they weren't born "that" way.

    It shouldn't matter how you got to where you are in your sexual identity; the argument should be about not letting sexual identity be a cause for passing discriminatory legislation.

    Posted by: Hugh | Mar 12, 2013 1:04:20 PM

  16. i'm not "currently" having sex with a man. does that mean that at this moment i'm not "practicing"?

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 12, 2013 1:06:15 PM

  17. @Brian G: I think "active in the gay lifestyle" means trying to hook up. I was sort of wondering when the wisecracks about this "ex-gay" becoming an "ex-gay" due to insufficient time in the gym resulting in a lack of attractiveness start to appear.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 12, 2013 1:06:29 PM

  18. being an ex-gay because nobody will shag you hardly seems like it counts ;-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 12, 2013 1:14:02 PM

  19. "active in the gay lifestyle" means anal intercourse.

    Phobes are OBSESSED with anal intercourse. It's all they think about.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Mar 12, 2013 1:15:17 PM

  20. @Bill, Homosexual thoughts apply to practice as well. If, during any fiscal year, you look at someone of the same sex and think, "I'd hit that." you've fulfilled your requirement to maintain active status.

    Posted by: SammySeattle | Mar 12, 2013 1:16:01 PM

  21. Jack M: Exactly. Someone will post screenshots of Mr Petersen's Grindr profile (or some other such incrimininating evidence) in 5...4...3...2...1...

    And btw, I'll feel sorry for Mr Petersen's family (though not him) when that happens.

    Posted by: RyanInWyo | Mar 12, 2013 1:17:52 PM

  22. just because he's married and has three kids does not mean he isn't still gay. I bet he's getting plenty on the side.

    Posted by: Lukefromcanada | Mar 12, 2013 1:18:55 PM

  23. This guy is a fake gay Christian or a gay guy who still looks at gay porn and hooks up when he can. Another Ted Haggard.

    Posted by: Jesus | Mar 12, 2013 1:21:37 PM

  24. Jesus: Hey everyone, J.C. here. Just wanted to let you know I couldn't cure cancer or AIDS today, or stop child rape or poverty or war because there's all these sadsack gay white people in America tying up my prayer lines, hoping I can help them develop a taste for poontang. I'm all like "Dudes, I don't care that you're gay. Gays rock. I love them." And then they're all "No! I don't want to be gay! It goes against God!"
    ANd then I'm all like "Gurl, i AM God, so you need to listen to me and go find a nice man. And also, join a different church. Check out those nice ones"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 12, 2013 1:24:06 PM

  25. Some times it hard to distinguish a political or religious moment... they sound the same. I believe if you can believe in religion... you can believe in anything, as that man who took a bow at the end of the video clip for thinking he is now straight!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin the bleacher Preacher | Mar 12, 2013 1:24:16 PM

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