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08/19/2013

Bryan Fischer to GOP (i.e. his party): Make Gay 'offenders' go to rehab

by Jeremy Hooper

In the 2012 cycle, American Family Association spokesperson Bryan Fischer interviewed almost all of the GOP candidates that year. In the past few months, Fischer has continued to speak with several GOP elected officials, including likely 2016 nominee Rand Paul (R-KY).

Here is Mr. Fischer's advice for his party:

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This is not just crazy talk, folks. I mean, yes, it's crazy—but this is another level entirely. It's beyond.

This is a man who has a radio show on a very popular conservative outlet on which he chats up the leading stars on the GOP side, from the aforementioned elected officials to media personalities and activists who are fighting against us. He also works for one of the nonprofits that fights our rights at both the federal and state level. And this person, who maintains this kind of role in the GOP (in 2011, he spoke immediately after Mitt Romney at a conservative conference) is quite literally saying that America should ship its LGBT people to rehab, and that one of America's political parties should choose this as its official stance.

This rhetoric rivals some of history's worst. I'm not someone who says things like that in a flippant or light way, either. At some point, though, I can't pretend that I don't see what I do, in fact, so clearly see.

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