The House approved a bill (89-58) that would legalize same-sex marriage. The state Senate voted to approve the legislation last week by a vote of 20-15. The measure will now land on Gov. John Baldacci's desk. As a reporter in Maine, I had interviewed Baldacci and also eaten at his family's Italian restaurant in Bangor. He was a nice guy, a smart politician and I hope he does the right thing in this instance.
Unfortunately, the day was partially soiled by the remarkably ignorant views of Rep. Bernard Ayotte, a Republican. Ayotte said that he couldn't support the legislation because it would provide legal protections to people whom he said suffered from hormonal imbalances causing same-sex attractions.
"By all indications, homosexuality in human beings seems to be generated by imbalances in the human body," he said. "As legislators, it is important that we do not base our statutes on genetic aberrations. Ayotte added, according to the Washington Blade, that his lack of support for the legislation shouldn't be interpreted as discrimination against gay people.
Even by the low standards set by anti-gay activists, this level of ignorance was shocking. What evidence does Ayotte have to support his unfounded claims? If he does not have proof, why would he use his public platform to spread harmful misinformation?
This man is disgusting. He is also abysmally ignorant in saying that GLBYQness is caused by hormonal imbalance. But I guess bigots have to grasp at any straw they can dig up.
posted by Merlyn, at
5/06/2009 8:25 AM
Moron can't even stick to his own stupid logic. So which is it? Hormone imbalance? Or genetic aberration?
posted by Eshto, at
5/06/2009 10:58 AM
The only "hormonal imbalance" and "genetic aberrations" are those possessed by Rep. Bernard Ayotte.
Apparently Mr. Ayotte has been infected with "republikkkanism" which warps the mind and soul through indoctrination and national day of prayer for the "haves" and "have more's" who know what is best for mankind based upon ancient, secret cyrptic texts interpreted by anointed charlatans.
I have emailed him asking for a public apology for his Nazi statement regarding our community. He asked me to read the enc Britannica. His home town newspaper is the Caribou Republican or the St John Valley Times. Should we take out an add asking for an apology and resignation?
posted by robin56, at
5/19/2009 9:07 PM