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Republicans have been furiously attacking the LGBT community ever since President Obama announced his support of marriage equality for same-sex couples. Some Republicans have taken their criticism to the extreme. In Mississippi, GOP state Rep. Andy Gipson posted a message on his Facebook page which calls for putting gays and lesbians to death.
“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.”
According to Leviticus 20:13,
“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.”
King James Version (KJV)
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Leviticus 20:13 King James Version (KJV) 13 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.
Gipson, like many other Republicans, puts Biblical law over Constitutional law. And as a state Representative, that’s a clear violation of separation of church and state and a failure to uphold the oath of office. You know, that oath in which politicians swear to defend the Constitution. The only lawful document that matters in America is the Constitution, but Republicans like Gipson want to light it on fire and pretend the Bible is the law of this country. It’s a dangerous view that would destroy freedom, liberty, and every other American value protected by the Constitution.
Openly calling for the deaths of American citizens because they happen to be gay is an egregious offense that should force Gipson to resign his position. Because it is clear that he is unable to adhere to Constitutional values such as equality and personal liberty.
...God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient...
MAY 21, 2012 STATEMENT ON OPPOSITION TO SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Earlier this month President Obama stated his personal support for the establishment of same-sex marriage in the United States of America. His statement has re-ignited a debate in this country on whether same-sex marriage should be instituted or recognized as a matter of policy.
I am and have always been opposed to same-sex marriage and/or civil unions in whatever form. On May 10, 2012 I posted a comment to my facebook page which simply stated that despite the high degree of press given to Obama’s opinion, the “only opinion that counts is God’s. Anyway you slice it, it [same-sex marriage] is sin: see Romans 1:26-28 and Leviticus 20:13.”
Since that time, a well-known radical liberal blog (The Huffington Post) ran an article falsely claiming that this facebook post was a call “to kill gay people.” Nothing could be further from the truth. I have never publicly or privately called for the killing of any people. I believe all people are created in the image of God and I stand firmly for the sanctity of all human life. All people are entitled to the protection of the laws of our nation and state protecting human life.
Any reasonable person who reads the actual post can see that both scriptures were cited only for the proposition that same-sex marriage is morally objectionable - sin. I believe this reflects the values of the vast majority of Mississippians and the people of District 77 whom I represent.