5/19/12

Mississippi Lawmaker Condemns Gays to Death

Rep. Andy GipsonWhen hatred surfaces in Mississippi, it frequently seems to have roots in the evangelical fundamentalist Christianity that afflicts much of our state. But religiously-motivated hate is still hate. It cannot in any way be excused by cherry picking passages from an ancient book.

State Rep. Andy Gipson (R-77th District) made news this week with Facebook post and a follow-up comment in which he revealed a disturbing degree of religiously-motivated bigotry. Unity MS provided screen captures of Rep. Gipson's Facebook page on which he posted the following status update:
Been a lot of press on Obama’s opinion on “homosexual marriage.” The only opinion that counts is God’s: see Romans 1:26-28 and Leviticus 20:13. Anyway you slice it, it is sin. Not to mention horrific social policy.
In case it is not clear what Rep. Gipson is saying, read Leviticus 20:13 for yourself. I wonder if Rep. Gipson pays attention to the rest of Leviticus and refrains from using yeast or wearing blended fabrics? Does he advocate the murder of blasphemers too?

After receiving some criticism of this post, he expanded his thoughts with the following comment:
Sorry I’ve been busy and not had a chance to reply. David, in addition to the basic principal that it is morally wrong, here are three social reasons it’s horrific social policy: 1) Unnatural behavior which results in disease, not the least of which is its high association with the development and spread of HIV/AIDS; 2) Confusing behavior which is harmful to children who have a deep need to understand the proper role of men and women in society and the important differences between men and women, and fathers and mothers; and 3) Undermines the longstanding definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, a definition which has been key to all aspects of social order and prosperity. Anytime that definition is weakened our culture is also weakened. And yes, that is also true for other conduct which weakens marriage’s importance in society.
Unity MS did a great job responding to each of Rep. Gipson's points and suggesting that residents of Rankin, Smith, or Simpson counties remind him that he is expected to represent all of his constituents and not just the Christian ones. They provided his phone numbers and email addresses.

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