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LaBarbera Award: CO State Sen. Scott Renfroe

Jim Burroway

February 24th, 2009

Okay, so maybe homosexuality isn’t like terrorism. Maybe it’s really more like murder:

Debating a gay-rights bill on the floor of the state Senate on Monday, a Republican lawmaker took the rhetoric to new heights by equating homosexuality as a sin with murder.

“I’m not saying this (homosexuality) is the only sin that’s out there,” said Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley. “We have murder. We have all sorts of sin. We have adultery. And we don’t make laws making those legal, and we would never think to make murder legal.”

The gay rights bill in question would allow state employees to provide health insurance for their same-sex partners. Last I checked, that move would possibly save lives, not kill them. The bill passed an initial vote in the state Senate.

Meanwhile, Utahns are relieved it’s somebody somewhere else for a change.

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Peace
February 24th, 2009 | LINK

um…adultery is totally legal. Lose.

homer
February 24th, 2009 | LINK

I’m a bad homosexual- I haven’t met my adultery and murder quotient for the month yet. In contrast, Mr. Renfroe has met his quote of saying idiotic things out loud.

HappyCat
February 24th, 2009 | LINK

This koo-koo-Clock is going to go the same direction Musgrave went. Colorado’s 2nd district just elected Jared Polis this past election, a wonder man who is also gay.

Now if we could just get district 6 to dump the republican banner, thigs would be so much better.

Timothy Kincaid
February 24th, 2009 | LINK

Scott Renfroe seems to have forgotten that the “sins” of adultery and homosexuality are both completely legal. And that the reason that murder is illegal is not because it is a “sin” but because it harms others.

Bruce Garrett
February 25th, 2009 | LINK

I was listening to Signorile on my car radio on the way home yesterday, and heard Renfroe’s actual floor speech. He didn’t just compare gay people to murderers, he invoked the verse in Leviticus that calls for us to be put to death (not the other one that doesn’t include the death sentence), just before he said the words about gays and murderers that are being reported in most news sources.

I find it interesting that his reciting that verse isn’t in nearly any of the news stories out there reporting on this…just his words that immediately followed it. Could be they don’t want to repeat the implicit death threat, and possibly help him incite some crazy person out there to actual violence. Or it could be they’re sweeping the extremism in the GOP under the rug as usual.

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