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GA Governor's Appointee Calls For Culture War Over Gay Marriage: VIDEO


Phil Kent, appointed in 2011 to Georgia's Immigration Review Board by Governor Nathan Deal, made some incendiary statements yesterday on a local political round-table show discussing last week's decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. Referring to DOMA in particular, Kent lamented that the ruling in United States v. Windsor will "dynamite the foundations of our Judeo-Christian system," further asserting, “it will be a cultural war in Georgia and every other state to try to undo this wrong." Kent added, "it's an insult to equate that [gay marriage] with traditional marriage," claiming, “you can have a civil union and take care of all these sob stories.”  He went on to suggest it was offensive to draw comparisons between the struggles for civil rights faced by African Americans and those faced by LGBT Americans. He also equated the values of the left with those of pagans.

Kent has previously come under criticism for his remarks on race and immigration, being labeled a bigot, an extremist and anti-immigration. You can check out more of his remarks here. 

Also be sure to watch the video of his comments on gay marriage (warning: autoplay) AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. Loved Erica's response to his suggestion that African Americans should be offended by the comparisons between the struggles for civil rights faced by African Americans and those faced by LGBT Americans: "Thank you for telling me how to be offended."

    Posted by: JShep | Jul 1, 2013 4:12:34 PM

  2. Here's a guy who never steps out of his safety zone.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 1, 2013 4:12:39 PM

  3. Here is another reason why I will be leaving Georgia ASAP!!! There are some extremist idiots running this state.

    Posted by: THurts | Jul 1, 2013 4:13:56 PM

  4. And here I thought THERE ALREADY WAS a freaking culture war over gay marriage.

    Posted by: NE1 | Jul 1, 2013 4:16:03 PM

  5. Nazi

    Posted by: RMc | Jul 1, 2013 4:31:26 PM

  6. Apparently, he has amnesia. The Republicans started a culture war on marriage a long time ago. They won some battles, but it's clear who is will keep winning the war, and it isn't rabid religious freaks like Phil here.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 1, 2013 4:36:40 PM

  7. Just hope all the racist white gays observe the race of the haters on the panel and the ones arguing for their rights.

    Posted by: pedro | Jul 1, 2013 4:56:09 PM

  8. I love it when "Culture Wars" are declared on us by the conspicuously unarmed.

    Posted by: Shelly | Jul 1, 2013 4:56:53 PM

  9. The analogy to the Civil Rights movement isn't that blacks and gays are the same. It's that white supremecists and straight supremecists are the same.

    Posted by: JJ | Jul 1, 2013 5:21:58 PM

  10. Georgia...just peachy and the pits.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jul 1, 2013 5:48:03 PM

  11. The man is a tool no question as is the guy sitting next to him but I'm with JShep, the thing that stood out for me was Erica's response "Thank you for telling us how to be offended" Perfect!

    Posted by: joel | Jul 1, 2013 5:50:18 PM

  12. judeo-christian marriage in the United States today -
    Get married not always in church - then get divorced by the state - get married again - then maybe get divorced and married again.
    Let's give a cheer for judeo christian marriage and values.

    Posted by: robertL | Jul 1, 2013 5:54:11 PM

  13. That S-Corp line truly reeks of the desperation these folks must be feeling these days.

    Posted by: David | Jul 1, 2013 5:59:40 PM

  14. the idea that this man is invoking the travails of black citizens is stunning, since he and/or his undoubtedly had a great deal to do with said travails. he reeks of plantation.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Jul 1, 2013 6:21:39 PM

  15. Does anyone notice Rick does not comment on stories like this but anytime it's a black person spouting this ignorance he'll have at least three posts?

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Jul 1, 2013 6:24:09 PM

  16. @Derrick from Philly

    Thank you for pointing that out.

    Posted by: Derrick | Jul 1, 2013 6:36:17 PM

  17. What an old white man indeed!!!

    Posted by: Paula Whitfield | Jul 1, 2013 8:06:04 PM

  18. It looks to me that the governor is wearing a confederate tie. Do you see that too?

    Posted by: Luke | Jul 1, 2013 9:48:00 PM

  19. Another dumb, bigoted cracker.

    Posted by: Richard | Jul 1, 2013 11:10:29 PM

  20. the pagans lol

    Posted by: gomez | Jul 2, 2013 1:55:12 AM

  21. I think he uses too much hairspray on that Baptist hairdo and it is affecting his brain!

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 2, 2013 3:34:48 AM

  22. Why didn't either of those moderators take a pistol out from under the desk & shoot that bigot dead?

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jul 2, 2013 3:06:44 PM

  23. The book of Revelations talks about the end times and how Christians would have to contend with suffering persecution for their beliefs, gnashing their teeth, wringing their hands and having their world crumble around them. Does this mean that our struggle for civil rights has brought on the end of their system of things?

    Posted by: Chutney | Jul 3, 2013 4:13:25 PM

  24. The last bit that that lunatic said 'you're values will not prevail' is a total sign of fascism.

    Just saying.

    Posted by: Jose Soto | Jul 5, 2013 11:37:43 PM

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