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Audio: New Mexico state senator makes unwittingly revelatory correlation

by Jeremy Hooper

New Mexico state senator Bill Sharer (R-Farmington), who has been putting his foot in his mouth in all kinds of ways in the days since the marriage equality spotlight came to his state, went on Janet Mefferd's radio show yesterday, where he proceeded to make the following point about the New Mexico photographer who wanted to discriminate against gays:

[Janet Mefferd, 8/29/13]

What are the folks on the other side always saying about this case? They say that the photographer just wanted to act on her faith, right? They say she was just acting out of a loving conscience. They deny that it had anything to do with discrimination or animus. They certainly deny that a word like "hate" could be in play.

But now go back and listen to where Sen. Sharer's mind goes when he attempts to make an apt comparison. He instinctively links this situation to one in which a photographer hates Christians. That is what he sees as the fitting scenario from the other side. So wouldn't this, the correlation that he brings out to make his point, seem to suggest that he sees the photographer at the heart of this matter as hating gays? I mean, I'm not saying that—but he certainly seems to be!

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