2012 in Quotes: Bashing Gays

by Dan Quinn

Our review of what we heard from the far right in 2012 includes the requisite ignorance, intolerance and verbal gay-bashing that’s still so prevalent in those quarters. You can read more quotes from 2012 and previous years here.

“We don’t think that there are any such students.”

— Dr. Michael Farris, Patrick Henry College’s founder and chancellor, denying the existence of gays and lesbians on his fundamentalist Christian campus. “Queer at Patrick Henry College,” a six-month-old blog operated by three pseudonymous writers — all of whom graduated from or have taken classes at the school — shows otherwise.

“Since April, JC Penney’s has not aired Ellen DeGeneres in one of their commercials until now. A new JCP ad features Ellen and three elves. JCP has made their choice to offend a huge majority of their customers again. Christians must now vote with their wallets.”

— Religious-right group One Million Moms, urging Christians to boycott JC Penney because talk show host and lesbian Ellen DeGeneres appears in a Christmas TV ad for the retailer.

“This issue will destroy and undermine the church in America more than any other movement.”

— Former senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum, campaigning against a marriage equality referendum in Washington state

“No thanks Oreo. We don’t want this unhealthy sinful lifestyle flaunted.”

One of the critical comments directed at Oreo after its Facebook page featured a picture of an Oreo filled with six layers of frosting in the colors of the rainbow flag

“We deny that the effort to legalize ‘same-sex marriage’ qualifies as a civil rights issue since homosexuality does not qualify as a class meriting special protections, like race and gender.”

— A resolution approved by the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans

“Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks never took an oath of office they broke. Sodomy is not a civil right, it’s not the same as the civil rights movement.”

— Virginia lawmaker and Republican senate candidate Bob Marshall, on why he led the battle against the judicial nomination of an openly gay prosecutor

“In a galaxy not so far far away, Star Wars gamers have already gone to the dark side.”

— Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, in a radio ad criticizing Austin video game studio Bioware. Bioware’s new game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, will allow characters to have same-sex relationships

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