Sunday, July 16, 2006

"Those People"

Via Misty of Shakespeare's Sister, some lovely sentiments about homosexuals coming out of Kentucky:
This week, [State Sen. Dick] Roeding [R-Lakeside] mixed himself up in the University of Louisville's decision to offer health benefits to domestic partners, and in so doing the senator came across as a bigot unfit for further public service.

"I find this very repulsive," Roeding said of U of L's plans, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. And he continued: "I don't want to entice any of those people into our state. Those are the wrong kind of people."

Let's hear it again: The wrong kind of people.

In case you're thinking Roeding was misquoted, or that those statements don't reflect his genuine sentiments, consider what he said when a Kentucky Post reporter called to get his reaction to criticism of his remarks from the Republican Log Cabin organization. "Who are they?" Reading asked our reporter. Told they were a gay rights organization within the GOP, Roeding said, "Oh, a bunch of queers."

It's nice to know that even as the world spirals into turmoil, homophobia remains a depressing, ever-present constant.


Trickish Knave said...

Considering this is coming from a guy in Kentucky, well known for its rednecks and hillbillies, I would take his comments about homosexuals being "the wrong kind of people" with a grain of salt.

Anonymous said...

It should be pointed out that the University that passed the domestic partner benefits is in Louisville and Roeding is from a Cincinnati suburb. Louisville is known to be a bit more enlightened than the rest of the state, just as Cincinnati is known to a bit more bigoted.