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The only thing we wish to 'erode,' Rep. Wagner, is your electability

by Jeremy Hooper

 Blog Wp-Content Uploads 2008 05 WagnerThere are some who describe H.B 502, Ohio's proposed “Equal Housing and Employment Act,” as a long overdue measure that will grant the sort of basic fairness and protections to LGBT people that heterosexual folks take for granted on a daily basis. Others, like Republican state representative Jeff Wagner prefer to describe it in more peculiar, hostile, offensive, deceitful terms.

The from an email that Rep. Wagner sent to a constituent, and which proceeded to land in the hands of the fine folks at PFLAG:

“[T]his is a dangerous and misguided bill. The bill is not really about people being denied rights to basic needs, but it is about promoting acceptance of an immoral lifestyle. As much as some people would have us to believe otherwise, this country was founded on Christian principles. One of those long honored principles is the tradition of holy matrimony. One man and one woman joined together in a union that goes as far back as Adam and Eve. As our society has gotten further from that standard (not just homosexuality, but easy divorce, cheating on a spouse, etc.) we see a continued collapse of the basic building block of society the family unit. As that traditional family erodes, we see more sexually transmitted diseases, kids without parents, heartbroken people and I believe a host of mental and physical illnesses. . . . rest assured I can not support a bill in any way promotes or encourages the homosexual lifestyle."

So as you can see, Jeff is not just out to kill this particular measure because he thinks it's bad policy. No, no -- he wants to ward off those great "societal ills" known as fairness and acceptance so that he can help protect the mental and physical health of non-gay people everywhere. Because in case you've been off the far-right lawmaker's mailing list over the past few years, it's been officially determined that we gays are essentially brain-eating zombies who simply will not rest until we've sucked the souls out of every man, woman, and child on the face of the planet. To them, our every progressive step towards non-discrimination is really nothing more that a move towards immorality, and our every wish to live a normal, non-controversial life is really just a masked attempt to promote our "lifestyles." They have no qualms about saying whatever the hell they want about us, because our lives and loves have been officially declared lesser-than. Basically, these social conservatives present in ways similar to the doormat that they use to wipe their feet when they enter into from a rainstorm. Except, of course, whereas that particular rubber mat is given the job of cleaning their boots, we gays are made to sound like we're not even fit to lick the same!

Good lord, we're f**king over this pervasive pandemic of homo-hostility that has decimated the reputation of the Republican party over the past few years! Here's hoping voters are also as ready to move on as we think/hope/pray they are.

Meet Jeff Wagner [PFLAG National Blog]

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Your thoughts

Jeff Wagner and Sally Kern - bigots cut from the same bolt of cloth - the white sheet kind of cloth. Is this a coincidence... both states begin with the letter "O"?

Posted by: Eddie Keator | May 27, 2008 4:51:02 PM

Possibly the same sheet, but there is always a personal reason, especially for intense homobigotry see the buckeyestateblog.com and read especially the comment where one person in his home town remembers Wagner's father being charged with a felony in assault on a minor male in the 90'l he plead no contest ... and somehow the records were sealed. But the town remembers! (Wagner was born l960, what happened in his youth?)

The other good comment is from the sponsor of the bill,
'I'm the sponsor of the anti discrimination bill HB 502 that Rep. Wagner refered to as "dangerous" because it says you can't be fired or denied housing because of your sexual orientation.

I'm not sure what kind of Christian he thinks he is to think it's OK to discriminate against anyone for any reason. When he forwarded his hate filled e-mail to all members and ALL staff as well as others outside the legislature, the majority of my House Democrats signed a letter telling him how inappropriate and unprofessional he was. As well as how we stood united against his discrimatory views.

With all the hatefull e-mails that have been sent by the radical right CCV to my fellow legislators for co-sponsoring this bill with me, it would be nice for those of you who agree with us, to let them know you support their courage for doing the right thing.

State Representative Dan Stewart"

So this is flying messily all around the state house I guess.

Posted by: LOrion | May 27, 2008 7:20:52 PM

I'm going to start a pool: How long before Rep. Wagner gets caught tapping his foot in a men's room, propositioning a male prostitute, or cheating on his wife with his intern?

Any takers?

Posted by: Alex | May 28, 2008 12:12:38 AM

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