Colorado's Renfroe: another bedmate for Sally Kern
The homophobic insanity on the right has to be a contagious disease, because the bigot eruptions are coming fast and furious these days. Take Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe. (Progress Colorado Now):
On the floor of the State Senate, right-wing Senator Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley) actually referred to gay and lesbian people as an “abomination” and an “offense to God.”
It gets worse:
Renfroe equated gay and lesbian people with murderers and quoted the Book of Leviticus suggesting that gay people should be put to death.
He also said that women were created to be “helpers” for men, quoting the Book of Genesis.
Renfroe was referring to Senate Bill 88, a bill that would extend healthcare coverage to the same-sex partners of state employees. SB 88 is about healthcare. It’s about gaining some measure of equality for gay and lesbian state employees. And regardless of how people like James Dobson and Scott Renfroe feel about gay people, their shameless hate-mongering has no place in public debate and we should reject them completely.
GLAAD had this response:
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today urged media to turn a spotlight on anti-gay remarks made by Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe on February 23, 2009, during a Senate debate over a bill that would allow gay and lesbian state employees to share health benefits with their partners.
According to The Denver Post, Renfroe stated that “homosexuality is seen as a violation of this natural creative order, and it is an offense to God.” He continued “. . . When we create laws that go against what biblically we are supposed to stand for, I think we are allowing to go forward a sin that should not be treated by government as something that is legal. We are taking sins and making them legally OK.”
“It is unacceptable for public officials to promote this kind of intolerance and, in so doing, create a hostile climate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in their community,” said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. “GLAAD is calling on the media to hold elected officials like Sen. Renfroe accountable for using their public offices to advance this kind of hatred and exclusion. Sen. Renfroe’s ugly, divisive assertions highlight the need for media to examine how the anti-gay attitudes of elected officials impact their diverse constituencies.”
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