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LGBT Group Accuses Utah Gov. Herbert of ‘Hate Speech’, Demands Apology Over 'Anarchy’ Remarks


Utah Governor Gary Herbert is under fire for controversial comments made Thursday at a news conference in which he called other states’ decision not to defend their same-sex marriage bans the “next step toward anarchy”

Via The Salt Lake Tribune:

"To suggest that allowing gay marriage is the foundation of anarchy, to us, is hate speech," said John Netto, who heads the Utah Pride Center board. "We think he is uneducated ... on current scientific positions in regard to human sexuality."

Herbert was also criticized for implying that homosexuality is a choice at the news conference.

Asked about the oft-used comparison between banning same-sex marriage and once-illegal interracial marriage, Herbert said: "What you choose to do with your sexual orientation is different than what you’re born with as your race."

Herbert later backed off, saying there may be "different gradations" in sexuality.

Herbert’s office did not respond Friday evening to calls for comment.

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  1. FINALLY! An eye for an eye!

    And that is how you shut them up: You play their game, shove their own preaching in their faces, educate them on facts, and DEMAND apologies for their daring to be so blatantly ignorant.

    Each and every LGBT group should the guts to do the same, seeing other social movement for equality groups are not doing worth sh!t.

    Posted by: JoseW | May 25, 2014 2:30:57 PM

  2. *have the guts

    Posted by: JoseW | May 25, 2014 2:31:36 PM

  3. It's not hate speech. It's merely stupid, uninformed, and stupid speech.

    Posted by: Ben in Oakland | May 25, 2014 3:08:32 PM

  4. "What you choose to do with your sexual orientation is different than what you’re born with as your race."

    In other words, if blacks chose their skin color, I'd hate them too!

    Posted by: Chris Lamparello | May 25, 2014 4:35:15 PM

  5. Religion is a choice. Why do religious beliefs get special consideration?

    Posted by: john patrick | May 25, 2014 10:22:59 PM

  6. It's Mormon talk

    Posted by: ScottCA | May 26, 2014 1:15:45 AM

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