The Things They Say When They Think We’re Not Listening

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‘€œStudies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades. So it’€™s the death knell of this country.’€

‘€œI honestly think it’€™s the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam ‘€“ which I think is a big threat, OK?’€

When Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern said these disgraceful and disgusting words, she thought no one was listening. Speaking before a group of her supporters at what she believed was a private gathering, the Republican lawmaker viciously attacked LGBT Americans. But, every word of Rep. Kern’€™s bigoted tirade was caught on tape.

‘€œStudies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades. So it’€™s the death knell of this country.’€

When Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern said these disgraceful and disgusting words, she thought no one was listening.

Speaking before a group of her supporters at what she believed was a private gathering, the Republican lawmaker viciously attacked LGBT Americans. But, every word of Rep. Kern’€™s bigoted tirade was caught on tape.

Take a minute to read more of Rep. Kern’€™s anti-gay diatribe, where she says things like:

‘€œThe homosexual agenda is destroying this nation.’€

‘€œI’€™m not gay bashing, but according to God’€™s word that is not the right kind of lifestyle. It has deadly consequences for those people involved in it.’€

‘€œYou know gays are infiltrating city councils.’€

After she was exposed, Rep. Kern refused to apologize. In fact, she has even appeared on television to repeat her outrageous assertions.

You know that Rep. Kern is not alone in her extremism. Behind her is a legion of right-wing political organizations spreading homophobia. They think it’€™s a disgrace that I’€™m in Congress, and they are working hard to silence me and other LGBT public officials, who as Rep. Kern puts it, are ‘€œinfiltrating’€ our government.

As the only out lesbian in Congress, I am always a top target of the radical right, and this election year is no different.

They can’€™t stand the fact I’€™m working to expand workplace anti-discrimination laws to LGBT Americans. It infuriates them that I’€™m leading the effort to pass stronger hate crimes laws. And when they hear about my work to extend domestic partner benefits to federal employees, they grow more determined to defeat me.

I’€™m asking my supporters to help show Rep. Kern and her cronies that they can’€™t get away with this kind of hate speech by offering your personal response to this disgraceful episode in the comment section on my Tammy Baldwin for Congress blog.

Make no mistake: our opponents have the resources and the will to make good on their political threats against me. Please help make a strong statement for equality’€”one that will stand in stark contrast to Rep. Kern’€™s hateful words’€”in the comments here or on my campaign’s blog.

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