Whether on same-sex marriage, gay Boy Scouts, openly gay athletes or other issues, the right in 2013 remained obsessed with attacking civil and equal rights for LGBT people. Click here to read other summaries of the outrageous things we heard from the right in 2013.
[Texas Gov. Sam Houston] made a powerful decision that cost him his governorship. He was against slavery, and he stood up and very passionately said ‘Texas does not need to leave the union over this issue of slavery.’ But that’s the type of principled leadership, that’s the type of courage that I hope people across the country [will show] on this issue of scouts and keeping the Boy Scouts the organization that it is today.
— Gov. Rick Perry, equating the policies against gay Boy Scouts’ to the stand against slavery.
Gays get a baby when they have sex. Nope, aids. #natural-law #txlege
— One tweet sent by Daniel Greer, founder of Texas conservative blog AgendaWise, attacking legislators and others with anti-gay slurs on one of his fake Twitter accounts.
— San Antonio District 9 City Council member Elisa Chan, in a recording of a conversation she had with staff members, talking about homosexuality and bisexuality. Chan’s conversation with her staff was over a proposed ordinance barring job and housing discrimination against LGBT people. The council later passed the ordinance.
If the NDO passes, child molesters and sexual deviants will love this ordinance.
— Texas State Board of Education member Ken Mercer, R-San Antonio, promoting fear and hate against LGBT people in the debate over San Antonio’s proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.
From a philosophical standpoint, you know, we got intellectuals on the court who are believed to support the idea that evolution is how mankind got here and there is an ongoing evolution occurring. And I can’t just help but wonder, as these brilliant intellectuals have gotten to this point, how marriage between two men fits into the evolving of producing higher offspring that make the species higher and better.
— U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, talking about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.
We kind of go after any of these people who support leftist candidates, especially. And they are, I believe, homosexuals. And homosexuals are completely united politically and everybody else is not. You see? And that’s why they are as successful as they’ve been for such a small number of people in the population. So we wanted to check them out especially to see whatever they’re doing, they’re doing it according to the law. Because they are united in such a way that it’s almost a conspiracy to impose their will politically on society.
— Jim Doyle of the Texas Ethics Advisory Board political action committee, discussing his group’s filing of a complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission against the San Antonio Stonewall Democrats, a gay rights organization.
I would not be surprised that at the time when we are debating same-sex marriage, at a time when we are debating whether or not we should have gays leading the Boy Scout movement, I don’t think it’s just a coincidence that we have a mad man in Asia who is saying some of the things that he’s saying.
— Fred Luter, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, discussing North Korea and gay rights (because, you know, the issues are so intertwined).
You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger. Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.
— Televangelist Pat Robertson, suggesting that individuals with AIDS in cities like San Francisco purposefully infect others by cutting them with special rings.
Folks, they (gay people) want free medical because they’re dying between 30 and 44 years old. To me, it’s a moral issue. It’s a Biblical issue. Traditional marriage is where it should be and it’s in our platform. Those in our party who oppose traditional marriage are wrong.
— Republican National Committee member Dave Agema, arguing that LGBT people support health care reform because AIDS causes them to die earlier in life.
No, I’m not worried about it because the polls are skewed.
— American Values President Gary Bauer’s response to numerous polls that show most Americans are now in favor of legalizing same sex marriage.
If America is to be put in its place – put right – Christians must risk martyrdom and force Babel to the crux where it has to decide either to acknowledge Jesus an imperator and the church as God’s imperium or to begin drinking holy blood.
— Political organizer David Lane, who is aiding outreach to evangelical voters for Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s potential presidential run in 2016, calling on Christians to become martyrs in order to stop same-sex marriage.
Personally, I don’t believe that you can live an openly homosexual lifestyle or an openly premarital sex between heterosexuals, if you’re openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits, it says that’s a sin. If you’re openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be, not just homosexuality, adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be, I believe that’s walking in open rebellion to God and to Jesus Christ. I would not characterize that person as a Christian because I do not think the Bible would characterize them as a Christian.
— ESPN reporter Chris Broussard, arguing that gay people can’t be Christians.