Unity MS is reporting that Rep. Andy Gipson (R) made some pretty horrific comments last Thursday on his Facebook page. Specifically, he lambasted President Obama in a status update for supporting "homosexual marriage" and called for "God's opinion," or Leviticus 20:13, to be followed. Then, in a followup comment, he claimed that gays "spread disease," are "harmful to children," and "weaken" our culture. Could he fit any more outdated, homophobic ideas into one post? Don't dare him.
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Here is the original Facebook 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.Now, before somebody accuses me of putting words in Gipson's mouth regarding his view that gays should be put to death, let's review what Leviticus 20:13 says. From the King James Version:
If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.This is the law Gipson thinks really counts. Never mind what Leviticus is actually talking about--he clearly believes the Scripture is calling for the death sentence for gays, and this is the law he wants to trump civil law. He wants gay Mississippians dead.
When a Facebook friend challenged him on this view, Gipson responded:
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.Of course, all of Gipson's arguments are easily demolished. We have science and reason on our side, as well as research that shows gay parents raise perfectly normal children. But let's not let facts get in the way of "God's opinion," which was written in an ancient holiness code that is now almost completely obsolete.
Unity MS notes:
Mr. Gipson needs to realize he represents all of his constituents. He should not cherry-pick which constituents he wants to work for. He should also realize his positions are neither popular nor Republican. LGBT individuals, couples, and families help pay Gipson’s salary. It’s important that he remember that.Please feel free to contact Rep. Gipson, whether you live in Mississippi or not. I think he needs to get a very large piece of our minds. Here's his contact information, courtesy of Unity MS:
- 601-359-3770 (Capitol when in Session)
- firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail)