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Anti-gay Former Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt Wins Race for Colorado House Seat


Former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt will be taking his special brand of anti-gay nuttery to the Colorado State Capitol starting next year - having been elected to the state house in Tuesday's election. 

Klingenschmitt trounced his Democratic opponent, Louis Fornander, by nearly 40 percent in the race for district 15's seat. 

In response to Klingenschmitt's victory, Right Wing Watch has compiled a list of some of his more radical views. 

You can also check out the headlines for the past four Klingenschmitt-related stories we've posted here on Towleroad to highlight how scary nuts this guy is:

Gordon Klingenschmitt: Gay People 'Want You To Disobey God So You Go to Hell With Them"

Gordon Klingenschmitt Warns Same-Sex Marriage Allows Gays to 'Recruit Your Kids'

Gordon Klingenschmitt Warns Christians Are Being Forced to "Worship Sodomy"

Gordon Klingenschmitt Says Rep. Jared Polis Wants to Behead Christians, Nominates Him in Ice Bucket Challenge

And while it's possible voters were unaware of Klingenschmitt's more incendiary anti-gay rhetoric, the scarier alternative is that perhaps voters were aware of all this insanity and honestly believe he's the best candidate to represent the district's 'values' in Denver...

Out Gay Rep. Jared Polis Wins Re-Election In Colorado

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6e6d3ee970b-200wiOut gay Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado won his bid for re-election last night in a victory for Democrats and LGBT candidates. The Huffington Post reports:

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) defeated Republican attorney George Leing in the state's 2nd District Tuesday.

Polis was first elected to the House in 2010. He ran unopposed in this year's Democratic primary.

The wealthy progressive representative attracted attention this election cycle as he gave financial support to two ballot initiatives that would have restricted natural gas fracking in the state. Polis stopped bankrolling the measures over fears that they would hurt Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Gov. John Hickenlooper's (D) re-election chances.

The congressman is considered a rising Democratic star. He's rumored to be one of the candidates vying to be the next chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Polis has been an outpsoken advocate of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) as of late, although his discharge petition aimed at progressing the legislation recently stalled out.  

Executive Director Of National Gay Pilots Association, Steven Moore, Dies In Plane Crash: VIDEO


A single-engine plane crashed at 7:40am on Tuesday just after taking off at Boulder Municipal Airport. The lone casualty was Steven Moore, executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association. The organization's board chair confirmed it was in fact Moore in a Facebook post

The Daily Camera reports:

"It is with greatest sadness that we must announce the loss of a treasured member of our NGPA family," board chair Scott Shatzer wrote on the post. "Our executive director, and valiant crusader for the NGPA cause, Steven Moore, passed away this morning while flying his beloved Mooney in Colorado. Steven, we love you, we will miss you, and we will be forever indebted to you for all of the passion you put into your work with NGPA."

There were no eye witnesses, though officials stated that the plane hit the road where it crashed propeller first and then caught fire. One man, Jeff Slater, reportedly heard the plane as it took off:

He told the Daily Camera that the plane "didn't sound right" when it took off.

"It was choking and sputtering pretty bad," he said. "It sounded horrible."

Our heart goes out to Moore's family and the members of the NGPA. The organization plans to honor Moore with a photo and short story collage in the winter edition of their publication.

Watch Slater's report from the scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gordon Klingenschmitt Warns Same-Sex Marriage Allows Gays To 'Recruit Your Kids' - VIDEO


Nut-job homophobe and Colorado Republican state legislative candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt has said that the Supreme Court’s decision to “force homosexual ‘marriage’” on the U.S. will allow gay people to "recruit" children, reports Right Wing Watch.

Not afraid of wingnut outbursts against LGBT people, in recent months Klingenschmitt said that transgender people shouldn’t be allowed in churches or public restrooms, that Christians are being forced to “worship sodomy” and that Democratic Congressman Jared Polis will “join ISIS in beheading Christians.”

In his latest outburst, writing to members of his Pray In Jesus Name project, he lamented that “cruel judges now deny kids’ rights in 30 states.” He continued that conservatives must now work even harder to “defend their children from such an agenda to normalize sin.” Getting carried away, he also rolled out the old “recruitment of children” chestnut.

Klingenschmitt’s rabid email reads in part:

“Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear any of seven possible appeals from five states that would protect traditional marriage between one man and one woman. This dereliction of duty allowed bad lower-court rulings to enforce homosexual ‘marriage’ in 11 new states, against the will of the voters. Many children will now be told by the government, ‘You can't have a mother. You get two dads instead.’ That's unfair to kids.

“THIS JUST IN: Sodomy is still banned by God in all 50 states. Gay marriage now ‘legal’ in 30 states? Only 3 states voted for that, meaning it was imposed on kids in 27 states by oligarchs, against the voters' will. 38 states had bans before this judicial TYRANNY overruled the people's will. God will have the last word. …

“Will Christians work this hard, to defend their children from such an agenda to normalize sin and recruit your kids? Legislation. Ballot Work. Courts. All fronts in all states.

“We are fighting back. We will fight to defend traditional marriage as Jesus defined it in Matthew 19:4-6, between one man and one woman. We must encourage Congress to NOT give up the fight.”

Watch a video from last year in which Klingenschmitt claims that a "demonic spirit of tyranny" is trying to force Christians "at the point of the government sword" to participate in the "sin of sodomy," AFTER THE JUMP...

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Colorado Supreme Court Lifts Injunction, Allows County Clerks To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e065169970d-250wiThe Colorado Supreme Court has lifted injunctions against three county clerks in Colorado, clearing the way for them to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, The Denver Post reports. The move from the Colorado high court comes after the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday denied to hear an appeal of the 10th Circuit's ruling that found Utah's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. That ruling was interpreted to apply to Colorado as Colorado falls under the 10th Circuit's jurisdiction:

[Colorado Attorney General John] Suthers filed joint motions with the clerks to the Supreme Court Monday night, asking them lift the injunction and dismiss the case. The court granted the requests around 9:30 Tuesday morning.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73df7457a970d-150wiWithin minutes after the court handed down its orders, Boulder and Denver county clerks announced their offices would resume issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Suthers also asked clerks to wait until after the legal technicalities were cleared before they started issuing marriage licenses. But clerks in Pueblo and Larimer counties began issuing licenses Monday afternoon.

Douglas County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses Tuesday morning and Hall announced her office would resume issuing the certificates moments after the Colorado Supreme Court handed down its order.

As the Post notes, couples in Colorado have already begun marrying following SCOTUS' decision yesterday.

The three county clerks involved in the case before the Colorado Supreme Court were Hillary Hall of Boulder, recorder Gilbert Ortiz of Pueblo County and recorder Debra Johnson of Denver. Each clerk was halted due to Suthers' intervention. At the time, he commented that these clerks were doing "irreparable harm" to the state by issuing the licenses.

Gay Couples Begin Marrying in Colorado


As expected, today's SCOTUS denial of Utah's 10th Circuit gay marriage case has opened the door to marriage equality in Colorado. 

The Denver Post reports:

A same-sex couple in Pueblo County received the first license within hours — apparently the first gay marriage in Colorado after the high court's action. Soon after, Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers announced that her office would also begin issuing the licenses.

Clerks in Boulder and Denver said they were awaiting final clearance. Once the legal formalities are finalized, same-sex marriage will be legal throughout Colorado. [...]

The paper adds the state's Attorney General John Suthers will file motions to expidite the lifting of the stays in both the state and federal courts and will continue advising clerks on when to begin issuing licenses. 

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper released the following statement reacting to today's news:

“Today marks a historic day on the march towards marital equality. The U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to review the same-sex marriage cases in other states means that 10th Circuit's decision is binding in Colorado.  While there are a few more steps in the process, we are that much closer to declaring marriage equality for all Coloradans.”

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