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Buttars May Lose Judiciary Committee

Jim Burroway

February 20th, 2009

Sources have told the Salt Lake Tribune that Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars’ anti-gay remarks may cost him his his position on the Judiciary Committee:

Senate Republicans, prompted by complaints from minority Democrats, held a frank discussion of Buttars’ actions in a closed-door caucus Thursday. Afterward, senators would not discuss what action, if any, might be taken against the West Jordan Republican.

…Sources familiar with the Senate discussions, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Senate Republican caucus decided to remove Buttars from the Senate Judiciary Committee, a panel which he currently chairs.

Buttars also chairs the Judicial Confirmation Committee. It’s unclear if that position will be affected as well. Waddoups called a news conference for 9:30 a.m. MST this morning.

Senate Minority Leader Pat Jones (D-Holladay) said members of the Democratic caucus were offended by Buttars’ remarks. She warned Waddoups that if Republican leaders didn’t take any steps to address the problem, Democrats would force the issue on the Senate floor.

Buttars, a former LDS bishop, has come under fire for saying that gays have “no morals” and “probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.” He also said:

“It is, in my mind, the beginning of the end. … Oh, it’s worse than that. Sure. Sodom and Gomorrah was localized. This is world wide. You can’t tell me that something that was going on in Sodom and Gomorrah is not going on wholesale right now, and to a large degree among the gay community.”

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elaygee
February 20th, 2009 | LINK

Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed for the sin of being unkind and unwelcoming to strangers and visitors, a terrible sin in those days when you needed to count on the kindness of strangers to survive in the desert.

Based on that, Buttars should be turing into a pillar of salt at any minute.

L. Junius Brutus
February 20th, 2009 | LINK

We should be thankful for honest people like Chris Buttars, as opposed to people who cleverly package their hatred as something other than it actually is.

Benjamin
February 20th, 2009 | LINK

Chris Buttars is the human representation of what is wrong with Utah politics. He treats his position like a church calling, acts like he is at a priesthood meeting when he is involved in legislative activities. In otherwords he does not differentiate between church and state. He is a deeply sad and miserable wretch of a man. He does not have to say one word. You can see it written deeply into his countenance. He is very miserable.

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