Debate over gay marriage has a way of bringing out the best in peoples' intellect and reason, doesn't it? Just ask Minnesota Independent's Andy Birkey, who sat through some bracing testimony yesterday at a legislative hearing. In opposition to gay marriage, teabagger Barb White invoked Rosa Parks, and congressional candidate Teresa Collette spoke in dark tones about a massive anti-Christian conspiracy.
White, a Tea Party activist and Republican candidate for Minnesota's 5th Congressional District, prompted shocked gasps from the packed hearing room when she said, "Rosa Parks did not move to the front of the bus to support sodomy."
"I'm here today to tell you that homosexuality and lesbian behavior is unhealthy," claiming that gays and lesbians have higher rates of STDs than anyone else in the world, including "gay bowel disease," an ailment that does not exist and is often used by religious right figures to paint gay men as diseased.
And on Collette:
"Churches and religiously affiliated institutions will lose their tax-exempt status," she said. She claimed that Christian colleges would be forced to house same-sex couples in dorms, social work students would be kicked out of school if they refused to counsel gays and lesbians, politicians would revoke funds from religious organizations, and parents would be arrested for speaking out against homosexuality.
Birkey reports that White also drew laughs when she said, "The average homosexual has hundreds of sexual partners in his lifetime... and I repeat hundreds."
Straight folks would never behave like that of course -- Warren Beatty notwithstanding.