The Year in Quotes: The War on Gays

Homosexuality is a year-round obsession for the far right in America. So there’s no surprise that some of the most ignorant and vitriolic quotes from the right in 2010 targeted gays and lesbians. Tragically, even elected officials bowed to anti-gay prejudice of the most vile kind. Click here, here, here and here for earlier posts on what the far right had to say in 2010.

“[B]eing a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then dont tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that s— to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves [sic]. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant [sic] procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids [sic] and die.”

— Clint McCance, a board member in a northern Arkansas school district who has since resigned his seat, writing on his Facebook page that he wants LGBT students to kill themselves, Advocate, October 26, 2010

“There is still a land of opportunity, friends — it’s called Texas. We’re creating more jobs than any other state in the nation. … Would you rather live in a state like this, or in a state where a man can marry a man?”

— Texas Gov. Rick Perry, speaking last month on the campaign trail, Texas Tribune, August 30, 2010 (audio here)

“Not since Adolf Hitler prepared a generation of German and Austrian youth for war has so grand a strategy been attempted.”

— James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family and its Canadian branch, warning Canadians that a cabal of gay activists have drafted a sinister plot against North American schools, The Tyee (Canada), July 19, 2010

“[W]e send little Johnny and little Jane to school, not to learn to be homosexuals and lesbians. We send them there to learn reading, writing and arithmetic and history and all these wonderful things, but unfortunately there is an activist group that is afoot that wants to change our curriculum. Why? Because unfortunately they have an insatiable appetite for sex, especially with young people. And there are not enough of them, so they want to proselytize your children and mine, our grandchildren and turn them into homosexuals.”

— Evangelical minister and television personality Rev. Charles McVety, commenting on a proposed change to Ontario’s (Canada) sex education curriculum that would have presented homosexuality in a more accepting light. The measure was eventually withdrawn. After further hateful statements regarding gay people, McVety’s show was pulled from the air. National Post (Canada), December 10, 2010

“Some people say, ‘Where is homosexuality in violation of the Ten Commandments?’ Well it’s adultery, it’s sexual relations outside of marriage, a man and a woman ….. specifically for the military, when anyone, whether their homosexual or heterosexual, cannot control their hormones to the point that they are distraction[s] to the good order and discipline of the military, then they need to be removed from the military.”

— Republican Louie Gohmert of East Texas, arguing against the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy against openly gay military servicemembers. We wonder if Congressman Gohmert also believes that heterosexual servicemembers who have sex outside of marriage should also be discharged., October 18, 2010

“I don’t believe in involving the government in enforcing or encouraging the lifestyle of gays and homosexuals.”

— Bill McCollum, a Republican candidate for Florida governor, opposing something no one had recommended, Florida Baptist Witness, August 9, 2010

“I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”

— New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino, in a campaign speech, New York Times, October 10, 2010

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