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Critics: Gay-gene bill about politics, not rights
By MARK PETERS, Portland Press Herald Writer
AUGUSTA — A conservative lawmaker is again drawing criticism for a bill he says is about gay rights but some of his colleagues say is about political posturing. State Rep. Brian Duprey, R-Hampden, wants the Legislature to forbid a woman from ending a pregnancy based on the projected sexual orientation of a fetus. He said the bill looks into the future in case scientists find what he described as a "homosexual gene."
"I have heard from women who told me that if they found out that they were carrying a child with the gay gene, then they would abort. I think this is wrong," said Duprey, who got the idea while listening to The Rush Limbaugh Show.
But some lawmakers say Duprey is neither interested in creating new policy to protect gays and lesbians nor seriously discussing the issue of abortion. The bill, they say, is a way of forcing some lawmakers to choose between abortion rights and gay rights.
"It will be seen as some kind of political gamesmanship," said House Majority Leader Glenn Cummings, D-Portland.
"Duprey received the idea for his bill when listening to the Rush Limbaugh radio show. He said, 'I heard Rush saying that the day the gay gene is determined to be real, that on overnight gays would become pro-life.'
Originally posted by James the Lesser
Djohn, a republican introduced the bill, not a democrat.... so you are off the mark.
Originally posted by jsobecky
Pretty soon, abortion could be a very rare occurence...
Originally posted by WyrdeOne
You crack me up man! I assume Neo-Jesus is diametrically opposed to traditional Jesus, who expicitly encouraged men to love each other...
As to the issue, this is truly bizarre. I can't begin to fathom the motivation behind introducing this sort of legislation, other than the obvious; it gets publicity.