Mississippi state Rep. Andy Gipson (R) weighed in on President Barack Obama’s gay marriage decision last week, invoking a bible passage that calls for gay men to be “put to death.”
Leviticus 20:13 reads: “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Now Representative Gipson is certainly entitled to his beliefs, no matter how despicable they are. Representative Gipson is also entitled to preach whatever he wants from his pulpit on Sunday mornings, we have the First Amendment to protect his and his congregation’s right to worship as they please. I also do not want to engage in a theological discussion about homosexuality because it is really beside the point. The biggest problem I have with Andy Gipson, other than the fact that he is a disgusting bigot, tries to blatantly legislate his religious preferences upon the state of Mississippi. What about the rights of Mississippians who are not religious at all or whose religions do not view homosexuality as a sin? Even though I’m a Christian, I do not want the Bible or any other “holy” book as the basis of law in this state. Perhaps Representative Gipson should try reading up on the Golden Rule.
Representative Gipson wasn’t done “enlightening” Mississippians about teh gheys:
On the same thread, he responded to a follower, calling same-sex relationships “unnatural” and suggesting that they will inherently “result in disease”:
Just wow, so much stupidity even for a politician. Given that scientific evidence demonstrates that human sexuality is determined at birth, is homosexuality really “unnatural”? If you believe that sexuality is a choice, I would like to know when you choose to be straight or gay. This is just unrestrained bigotry when the veneer of Biblical authority. I think Jesus would frankly be ashamed that guys like Andy Gipson spew such bile in His name.
I realize only 38% of my fellow Mississippians support any sort of legal recognition for gay couples. I also realize that this state is generally very conservative being the last to end Prohibition, one of the last to end segregation, and to this day more than one-quarter of the state opposes interracial marriage. Indeed, the conservative values that this state generally believe in; the strong belief in family, God, and community; are some of the things I love about this state. However, I think the good people of this state need to condemn the disgusting remarks of Andy Gipson. These remarks are a black eye for this state in the eyes of the rest of the country. I look forward to the day when gay bashing becomes as well-received as using the “n-word” in public.
Finally, the ones who should be the most outraged are responsible social conservatives. The ones who are who truly “love the sinner, but hate the sin”. The ones who are truly involved in the same-sex marriage issue because they (wrongly) see a threat to the traditional family. I like to hope and pray that this does not represent their viewpoints and that won’t stoop to bigotry to win a political argument.
Good people can disagree over gay marriage, but bigotry has to be condemned. The fact that Mississippi has once again made the news because of the bigotry of one of our politicians is truly something to be ashamed of and I hope all good people in this state condemn Representative Gipson.