Wyoming Lawmaker Stands by Book Claiming Gays Use AIDS as a Weapon Against Straight People

Wyoming state Rep. Troy Mader is standing by a book he wrote three decades ago during the AIDS crisis which advocated quarantine for sexually active gay men and warns that they prey on children, the Casper Star-Tribune reports:

MaderMader said in an interview with the Star-Tribune the research featured in the book may be a little outdated, since it was written when HIV and AIDS were still relatively new to the medical community. But he still maintains gays are more likely to be promiscuous that heterosexuals, contributing to the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

“If you want to participate in that particular lifestyle, that’s your choice,” he said during a telephone interview. “But I reserve the right to say, ‘Hey, there’s risk involved.’”

The AP notes that part of the thesis of the self-published The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety, is that gays use AIDS as a weapon against straight people:

Among the claims in the book are, “[h]omosexuals…purposely infected women to pass AIDS infection into the straight population,” and that “[m]any homosexuals demand the right to have sexual acts with children of any age, including infants.”

The Star-Tribune adds:

The book is mostly comprised of quotes that Mader compiled from sources ranging from Newsweek to “What Homosexuals Do (It’s More than Disgusting),” a publication by Paul Cameron, who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-gay propagandist. The law center is an organization that investigates what it describes as acts of hate.

Mader's views on marriage are equally archaic:

“I’ll be honest with you: We don’t have standing to change the definition of marriage,” he said. “We didn’t make it. Either nature did, if you believe in evolution, or God did, if you believe in the Bible. But either way, it happened at a time and we can’t effect that change.”

Marriage between one man and one woman has been the pillar of society since the beginning of history, he said.

“And we can play words semantics all we want, but we don’t have the standing to change it,” he said. “It will remain the same regardless of what any legislature does.”

Mader was sworn in this year to represent House District 52 after the death of GOP Rep. Sue Wallis.


  1. Derrick from Philly says

    LOL. Just when Rick (and his many aliases)wants to point to African homophobes for complete stupidity–you get an Anglo fool this one. Love it. LOL.

  2. Alex Parrish says

    “Marriage between one man and one woman has been the pillar of society since the beginning of history, he said.”

    He is clearly misinformed and, given his status, I would suspect, purposefully so. There is so much ignorance on display in his remarks that one would expect at least some kind of moderation of those statements from him after so many years. Since none seems to be forthcoming I can only assume that his thoughts are driven, not by knowledge, but rather by evil purpose and a sense of heter-entitlement. What a perfect example of the insidiousness of evil in our society and government.

  3. northalabama says

    and how many “traditionally married” men had concubines in his bible? he doesn’t even believe the god and book he quotes.

    how does this jerk get re-elected?

  4. Dan Cobb says

    I remember back in the 1980s when science-illiterate individuals like this guy and like a local radio personality named LES KINSOLVING were on the warpath against gays peddling all sorts of cockamamie theories about the transmission of HIV: mosquitoes transmitted the virus… drinking from the cup of someone who had it… toothbrushes… all the more reason to quarantine gays. KINSOLVING still blathers on the radio, but is completely unapologetic for showcasing the idiotic theories of some of the world’s most virulent homophobes over the scientists at the CDC and NIH. In the end, Kinsolving’s only wish really, I suppose, was to imprison and quarantine all gay men.

  5. says

    Mona that comment should win a prize!!! But, yes, I agree.

    It isn’t even worth debating with this idiot, marriage of one to one is not even that old in sour history. Heck Jew’s only changed to this way in Europe about 1000 yrs ago to avoid being murdered by Christians (always an open minded people, since the start, you know).

    I am not sure why he is even news, let’s just ignore idiots like this.

  6. Mags says

    You know, if anyone said sh!t like that within the walls of our work environment, or pertaining in any way to work or representing our organisation, THEY’D BE FIRED.

    But apparently crazy delusional and mpletely wacked out of your mind is exactly what you’re supposed to be to serve certain districts in America today.

    Saddest thing happening to the US, it certainly deserves much better based on its Founding Fathers’ legacy.

  7. Hey Darlin' says

    “Mader was sworn in this year to represent House District 52 after the death of GOP Rep. Sue Wallis.”

    Good luck District 52!

    You could possibly change someone’s 30+ year old ideology, but not if its intentionally twisted to begin with. Lost cause.

    Again, Good luck District 52!

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