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Bigoted RNC Committeeman Dave Agema: Russia's Anti-Gay Law is 'Common Sense'

Dave Agema, the notoriously anti-gay RNC committeeman who, in the past has said that gays falsely claim people with AIDS as their lovers in order to cheat the system and get free medical benefits, now appears to have sided with Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. The Washington Blade reports: 

Dave agemaDave Agema, former member of the Michigan House, expressed support for the controversial measure via Facebook posting on Tuesday, according to two sources who are able to see the message and an apparent screenshot of the link.

“Read their law. Common sense in Russia,” Agema apparently wrote in a link to a Jan. 6 posting from the Illinois Family Institute, titled, “Russia’s Anti-Propaganda Law Riles Pro-Homosexuality Crowd.”

The posting mitigates the threat of the anti-gay law in Russia by noting it emphasizes that it prohibits propaganda directed to minors, saying the fine incurred for breaking the law “hardly sounds unreasonable…for trying to inculcate other people’s children with their subjective beliefs about sexual morality.”

Meanwhile, Agema’s over-the-top opposition to homosexuality has again ruffled feathers with members of his own party. Dennis Lennox, a Republican precinct delegate in Grand Traverse County, blasted Agema for siding with Vladimir Putin's oppressive regime: 

“This is outrageous that a leader of the National Republican Party, my political party, is siding with an autocratic regime that believes in arresting political opponents, censoring reporters, jailing dissidents and eliminating free speech,” Lennox said. “Russia and the Putin regime — other than maybe Iran, North Korea and China, is the last regime the Republican Party or one of its leaders should associate itself with.”

Lennox hopes the RNC brings up Agema’s position on Russia’s anti-gay laws during its winter meeting in Washington D.C. later this year.

Former execuctive director of GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia also spoke out against Agema:

“Every time Agema or someone said something like this — not as bad as this — they’ve always said, ‘We need to treat everyone with dignity and respect on issues like that, he doesn’t speak for the RNC, etc.,’” LaSalvia said. “They’ve never denounced what he said and said he’s wrong, and that’s what they need to do, but nobody over there seems to have the guts to denounce him.

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  1. If you live in Michigan then you MUST work at every opportunity to dislodge - REMOVE - this man from public office. It is your duty to do so. Contact friends, family and associates and demand they help in removing this man from office.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 12, 2014 8:35:40 PM

  2. Spoken like a true deeply closeted get-ur-groove on gay man.

    If you think this guy is doing a good job, you may need mental health assistance.

    Posted by: bkmn | Jan 12, 2014 8:38:50 PM

  3. The man is anti-American! His support of the Russian law is in direct contravention of the First Amendment. The freedom of speech is at the heart of American democracy. If he swore an oath to the Constitution when he was sworn into office, he was obviously lying through his teeth

    Posted by: j.martindale | Jan 12, 2014 9:25:53 PM

  4. It wasn't too long ago where if you agreed with the Russians you were a communist...this man doesn't remember that?

    Posted by: Will | Jan 12, 2014 9:47:27 PM

  5. Jimmy LaSalvia talking about denouncing Republicans who make anti-gay statements… that's rich.

    Posted by: Mona | Jan 12, 2014 10:13:40 PM

  6. It's common sense that you should move there (Russia). This is America. You obviously are not happy here...and we want you to be happy...really - it's true...and a lot so much, too.

    Posted by: Geoff | Jan 12, 2014 10:47:22 PM

  7. I guess we shouldn't be surprised this is coming from the "red" party.

    Posted by: Victor | Jan 12, 2014 11:06:56 PM

  8. you would think that the gop would get it and start to come down on these idiots. But nooooooooooo they just go along with it and then wonder why they cannot win to save their lives.

    Posted by: lukefromcanada | Jan 12, 2014 11:29:13 PM

  9. Jimmy La who?

    Posted by: KC | Jan 13, 2014 1:25:11 AM

  10. The fact that the Republican Party is happy to have a genocidal extremist like this in their party is very telling about that evil party and its evil supporters.

    Posted by: MaryM | Jan 13, 2014 4:35:17 AM

  11. So much for "freedom of speech" that you christian asswipes so defend.

    Posted by: Dale | Jan 13, 2014 6:33:55 AM

  12. He needs to buy a one-way ticket and do us all a favor.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 13, 2014 7:36:59 AM

  13. I'm always undecided as to whether these jokers are stupid or cynical. In Agema's case, given his willingness to accept the BS coming from Putin about the law, I think I'm opting for stupid.

    Posted by: Hunter | Jan 13, 2014 7:43:39 AM

  14. I'm surprise LaSalvia didn't turn this into a "blame Obama and the libruls" affair, we know thats their shtick.

    Its really unfortunate that people like this still get elected in America.

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Jan 13, 2014 9:51:44 AM

  15. if he thinks russia is that great, he should move there...immediately...

    Posted by: northalabama | Jan 13, 2014 1:38:23 PM

  16. Dear Jimmy - for decades you've had no problem voting for anti-gay politicians. That's why the GOP is anti-gay; you gay republicans give them no reason to change their stances.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jan 13, 2014 1:47:27 PM

  17. The life of every party!

    Posted by: anon | Jan 13, 2014 1:51:09 PM

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