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Florida GOP Representative Calls Homosexuality 'Dysfunctional' And 'Atypical,' Makes Drug Abuse Comparison: Video

Earlier this week, Republican Representative Dennis K. Baxley made the homophobic statements while discussing bad parenting during a meeting of the Florida Education Committee’s K-12 subcommittee.

Said Baxley:

Baxley2"It's easy to say parents need to get involved, but half these kids are raising themselves. They don't have any parents that are functional. How can we address that? I mean I sat an hour and a half with a teacher telling me: 'This child has got serial men coming through the house, this one has two mommies, this one has abusive father whose home, this has alcoholism, this one has drug abuse.' It was a casualty warfare event to hear -- just her classroom -- how many dysfunctional, atypical - to me - structures are in the way of a kid having a chance to learn."

Equality Florida has demanded Baxley apologize for his statements:

“We hope Representative Baxley has the decency to apologize for his comments disparaging gay parents and our children.  More than that, we invite Representative Baxley to educate himself, talk with us and actually meet our families. We are a diverse state and no elected official can fulfill their oath of office if they only respect and care about the people and families that look just like their own."

Watch a clip of Baxley's anti-gay statements, AFTER THE JUMP

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  1. Orange Juice isn't just for breakfast anymore.

    Posted by: Anita | Oct 12, 2013 6:22:49 PM

  2. Saw the headline

    Saw the picture, yep.

    Know that he will be dead soon and the world will be just a little bit better after that.

    Posted by: PDX_Guy | Oct 12, 2013 6:43:12 PM

  3. The fool sounded like he was repeating what some teacher told him, and that teacher apparently thought that a child being raised by a same-sex couple was at a disadvantage.

    So, besides dumping on him for not knowing better, someone else deserves some of the blame as well.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 12, 2013 6:46:11 PM

  4. anybody his age and still making such idiotic statements can't be expected actually to be willing to learn anything. He's already made his decision.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Oct 12, 2013 7:04:37 PM

  5. You provide corroborating video, but why should I listen to a creep like that put gay people down just because he's ignorant.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Oct 12, 2013 7:07:01 PM

  6. What they really mean to say is that male homosexuality is abnormal. Female homosexuality is OK because it's 'hot'. Lesbian scenes in so-called straight porn are common.

    Posted by: Adrenan P | Oct 12, 2013 7:55:48 PM

  7. So what exactly did he say that was bad? whatever was said was either told to the teacher by the child or observed? There are alot of children who have these types of homes. Not every child with two mothers means that their lesbians. The father could have remarried. And having two mommies that are lesbian or two daddies that are gay, doesn't mean every child likes it! Surprise! Children to see physical and drug abuse in the home. Children do see alcoholism and unemployed parents. Stop jumping the gun thinking everything is always anti-gay! Stop being such thin skinned sissies! You all sound like people who have never seen or experienced this so you think it's some sort or over blown myth. He wasn't insulting in the slightest. I have seen what he speaks of and much worse, it's called living in the REAL WORLD!!!!!

    Posted by: STOP WHINNING! | Oct 12, 2013 7:58:10 PM

  8. it is hard to tell whether florida or texas elects more idiots to public office

    Posted by: walter | Oct 12, 2013 9:18:12 PM

  9. Looks like he is a glutton. This is not liked in the bible. He is a sinner. Shame on him.

    Posted by: robertL | Oct 12, 2013 9:46:13 PM

  10. Sounds as though his mind—if it actually functions—stopped learning things before 1950's-60's when homosexuality was considered a mental illness, dysfunctional, aberrant behavior. It's been quite some time since the American Psychiatric Association dropped all those inappropriate labels, but far too many people haven't learned yet that being gay is NOT an illness, or a choice. Such people (the bigots, not the gays) should never be allowed to hold office or any position of authority until they update their attitudes.

    Posted by: Sean Westmann | Oct 13, 2013 5:51:57 AM

  11. They always look the same.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 13, 2013 7:35:44 AM

  12. He may have been born with one brain cell - 70 years ago, but it fell off and rolled under the refrigerator. Now it's all dusty and dirty...with old cat-hair and dead-insect-parts. Ew. Just "ew". Typical Repiglicon. It's Phyllis Schlafly who's wig blew off in a storm...and 200lbs heavier.

    Posted by: Geoff | Oct 13, 2013 7:37:50 AM

  13. STOP WHINNING: If you believe the crap you wrote, your inteligence must be really low.

    Posted by: jjose712 | Oct 13, 2013 8:08:46 AM

  14. To the person transcribing the audio: ". . . this one has abusive father whose home" should be "who's".

    Posted by: Alan | Oct 13, 2013 9:41:29 AM

  15. Wow...

    ...The Koch Brothers are spending a lot of Troll Dollars on Towleroad. I wonder what they have planned for all of us LGBTs.

    They may not manufacture Zyklon B ...but hey sure have a Hell of a lot of Coal.

    Posted by: Jenny0 | Oct 13, 2013 9:48:40 AM

  16. i'd LOVE to know who that teacher is! i can tell you, from many years in education as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, ass't principal, principal, program director, s/he is not a very good teacher just by the things s/he said, if Baxley didn't make it all up.
    at the very least s/he is not very dedicated.

    yes, there are those things to take into consideration, but i can tell you that the same-sex parents i dealt with were BOTH there for their children. there was no abuse nor neglect - just the opposite. AND those kids were all very happy because they knew they were loved.

    i can't say that for the other scenarios s/he points out. the kids weren't happy; they were so worried about not being loved, the next whipping, the next alcohol-filled rant, they had trouble focusing.

    i made a great effort to let these kids know that when they were with me, in this classroom, 'you are safe. i will not let anything happen to you here.' i had more than one parent conference where a parent (never same-sex) turned around & hit their kid for something as petty as a 'C' on the report card. i stopped them, then and there, telling them i would call DCFS immediately.

    there is a difference between having a child out of love because you want them and having a child because you can screw irresponsibly...

    Posted by: mike/ | Oct 13, 2013 10:04:29 AM

  17. No surprise he was sponsor of Stand Your Ground law

    Posted by: Corey Mondello | Oct 13, 2013 10:09:19 AM

  18. Ps when all the fat old white conservative Christian anti-anything not like them, pigs die off, like their blood/soul ancestors, the Puritans, America will be a better place!!!

    Posted by: Corey Mondello | Oct 13, 2013 10:12:04 AM

  19. Pps Rep. Baxley Should Apologize For Disparaging Gay Parents & Our Children http://www.eqfl.org/petition/RepBaxley

    Posted by: Corey Mondello | Oct 13, 2013 10:19:33 AM

  20. For those of you wishing ill will on this man, what would you do without him? Who would you disparage? Just like the social conservatives, your counterparts on the Right, you need someone to hate. Be honest with yourselves, he's exactly what you need.

    Posted by: exleftist.com | Oct 13, 2013 1:48:07 PM

  21. Funny, spineless gays wishing their enemies "dead soon." Let nature take care of their enemies, because they certainly fear to confront them.

    Posted by: EG | Oct 13, 2013 3:50:49 PM

  22. *yawn*

    Republican politician says something stupid and homophobic. More at 11.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 14, 2013 12:36:34 AM

  23. When young people ignore seniors and think of them as irrelevant, it's old nincompoops like Baxley that are the reason why.

    Posted by: StevyD | Oct 14, 2013 1:13:05 PM

  24. First it was Anita Briant; Now this fool comes around. What do these people put in their Orange Joose?

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Oct 19, 2013 10:20:33 PM

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