Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Keep It Classy, Dennis

The competition for the Iowa Legislature's craziest Republican is always tough, but today I think we have a winner winner chicken dinner:

A Republican senator Iowa today asserted homosexuality hurts him and his family in “multiple ways”– prompting an openly gay senator to call the statements “ignorant.”

Senator Dennis Guth of Klemme gave a speech in the Iowa Senate to air his concerns about homosexuality.

“The media, for the most part, has bamboozled us into thinking that having a relationship outside of the boundaries of monogamous, heterosexual marriage is positive, happy and fulfilling,” Guth said. “Movies, television shows, articles and magazines abound with this theme, giving partial information to vulnerable audience: our children.”

Guth said there are “numerous” health and mental problems associated with homosexuality that “ultimately” shorten the lives of gays and lesbians.

Almost makes me miss Kim Pearson and Dave Hartsuch.

It seems Dennis can no longer sit back and allow Homosexual infiltration, Homosexual indoctrination, Homosexual subversion and the international Homosexual conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids.

Guth's been rhetorically excessive from the get-go.  Announcing his candidacy for a new open seat two years ago he said he was "against mental heath." Now we can see why. No one took him all that seriously, as everyone figured the seat would go to Stu Iverson. But Iverson didn't run and Guth upset former senator Jim "Back In" Black in the primary (in a GOP primary, always bet on crazy), then beat a credible Democrat easily in the general.

Needless to say, Matt McCoy was not amused, and neither was the Iowa Democratic Party:

“As a legislator and Iowan I am disgusted by Senator Guth's comments.  They are offensive and inaccurate and have no place in the legislature or our state. Unfortunately far too many Republican leaders feel this way and perpetuate these sorts of lies that only serve to discriminate against our gay brothers and sisters.  The Iowa Democratic Party remains committed to full equality for LGBT Iowans. I hope Governor Branstad and other Republican leaders join us as we stand up to the ignorance of individuals like Sen. Guth.”
At least this gets Kent Sorenson and Steve King off the hook for the moment... but Mark Sanford has bigger problems.

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