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Anti-Gay Activist Gary Glenn Wins GOP Primary in Michigan House Race

GlennGary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan, has won a GOP primary for a seat in the Michigan state House this week, Right Wing Watch reports:

Glenn was a prominent supporter of Michigan’s 2004 constitutional amendment banning marriage equality and was a big backer of his “very special friend” Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential bid. As the head of the American Family Association’s Michigan affiliate, Glenn has pushed any number of extreme anti-gay positions.

Among those anti-gay positions:

  • Wants states to be able to recriminalize homosexuality: “[W]e believe that states should be free to regulate and prohibit behavior that’s a violation of community standards and a proven threat to public health and safety — including, as most of the United States did throughout its history, homosexual behavior.”
  • Warned that companies should be wary of hiring LGBT people.
  • Wanted public schools to ban Gay Straight Alliances because they promote “homosexual propaganda” and “risky behavior.”
  • Called anti-bullying measures the “Trojan horse” of “homosexual activists.”
  • Was a plaintiff in a lawsuit to stop the 2009 federal hate crimes law by falsely claiming it would criminalize the Bible.

Glenn will face off against Democrat Joan Brausch in November for the seat being vacated by State Rep. Jim Stamas (R). 

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  1. It is thought that Jim Stamas lost largely because he announced support of a proposal to add "sexual orientation" to the state's anti-discrimination ordinance.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Aug 7, 2014 1:10:00 PM


  2. Michigan - the South's revenge.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Aug 7, 2014 1:11:41 PM


  3. It must take a lot of energy to be that homophobic.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Aug 7, 2014 1:12:36 PM


  4. "very special friend" isn't that what us gays used to have to call our boyfriends way back when?

    Posted by: TBD | Aug 7, 2014 1:21:45 PM


  5. TBD:
    Also called particular friendship.
    Les amitiés particulières is a 1943 novel by French writer Roger Peyrefitte. Largely autobiographical, it deals with an intimate relationship between two boys at a Roman Catholic boarding school and how it is destroyed by a priest's will to protect them from homosexuality.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 7, 2014 1:41:10 PM


  6. A Republican candidate whose also an ignorant homophobe.....what a surprise! I'm shocked!

    Posted by: Terry | Aug 7, 2014 1:43:40 PM


  7. Glenn can be found Saturday evenings on his knees at Rest Stop 110.

    Posted by: bkmn | Aug 7, 2014 1:46:01 PM


  8. Just returned from a trip to Detroit (to visit family - why else would one go there?)
    Depressing as usual. Yes, MI is indeed the South's revenge. Tons of rednecks - particularly in Macomb County, just outside of Detroit. The further north you go, the worse it gets. Physically, its beautiful country, but the redneck repuglican bible thumpers are everywhere. Why any liberated & enlightened person would live there is beyond my comprehension...

    Posted by: tominsf | Aug 7, 2014 4:10:05 PM


  9. re: Tominsf
    Agree totally on your assessment of Michigan. With great higher education opportunities, many Michigan youth get their degrees and....leave.
    Out-state Michigan is kind of "creepy-Christian like" .

    Posted by: gunther | Aug 7, 2014 5:58:03 PM


  10. Take a good look at the enemy, boys. Never.trust.THAT. Why se of you do is beyond me. We need to actively undermine the credibility of soulless scoundrels like Gary Glenn.

    Also, stop viillainizing the PEOPLE of Michigan. bS. They are getting duped. They are hard workers. And been cut out of opportunity after opportunity. People like Gary Glenn and their "church" leaders have LIED to them.

    Revolt, Michigan! Don't you see what Repug overlords are DOING to your state?!!

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Aug 7, 2014 7:14:35 PM


  11. DO YOU KNOW ANYONE THAT IS GAY? I HAVE A 2 BROTHERS, 2 NEPHEWS,A NIECE AND A NEIGHBOR, IF YOU KNEW THEM, YOU WOULD NOT KNOW THEY WHERE GAY AND I'M SURE YOU WOULD LIKE THEM AND SEE THEY ARE LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. MOST NICER THAN THE EVERYDAY PERSON.

    Posted by: MARIANN | Aug 10, 2014 11:57:59 AM


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