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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). 

Michigan Wingnut Attempts Record for Most Mentions of the World 'Homosexual' in a Single Robo-call

Michigan statehouse candidate Gary Glenn, who is also the President of the Michigan chapter of the American Family Association, really wants voters to know that Kevin Cotter's opponent Toni Sessoms is gay, despite the fact that Sessoms is out.

Gary_glenn Sam Stein writes:

"An otherwise obscure statehouse race in Midland County, Michigan, may be home to the most remarkable robocall of the election cycle -- put up by a social conservative group, it drops the word 'homosexual' ten times. Over the weekend, Gary Glenn, the chairman of the Campaign for Michigan Families, released a robocall attacking the Democratic candidate in the race, Tony (sic) Sessoms, as a stooge for the 'homosexual activist agenda.' Sessoms is openly gay. But if a voter didn't know that, they certainly got the point after getting Glenn's call...Glenn's campaign is micro-targeted towards re-affirming support for Michigan's marriage protection amendment (which he helped author), outlawing same-sex marriage in the state. But there is no subtlety to the script. For good measure, Glenn used the word lesbian and transgender to bring his inferences of homosexuality to a solid dozen."

Listen to the robo-call, AFTER THE JUMP...

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