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Legislator warns of HIV epidemic in New York if marriage equality becomes law

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sam Trombley

While the debate over marriage equality continues to rage in Albany, one legislator from Clinton County, New York, fears that an HIV epidemic will break out in the Empire State if gay couples are allowed to marry.

Sam Trombley (R), while at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Clinton County legislature, voiced that he couldn’t understand why the health department focused on tobacco and smoking, but not homosexuality.

“I’m surprised the health department has not come out against this because we are going to have an HIV epidemic if this passes,” Trombley said.

Then, he attacked the very idea of homosexual relationships, saying that the idea “blew his mind.”

“You don’t see two male dogs sleeping in the same dog house together,” said Trombley.

Apparently, Trombley’s fellow legislatures were silent, some of them shaking their heads in disagreement as he spoke.

Of course, there’s much wrong with Trombley’s statement; the mere idea that an HIV epidemic would sweep the state because gay couples are now allowed to have their relationships recognized is ludicrous. If anything, having their relationships recognized as being equally worthy relationships will only strengthen couples’ commitments to monogamy.

But for those who are not in committed relationships, did Trombley ever consider the impact that finally having their own government recognize them as a full, equal citizens could have on their sense self worth? With a great sense of self worthy comes a lower chance that one might engage in the kind of risky behaviors that result in STDs like HIV.

If anyone has helped bolster HIV over the years, it is they who have told an entire portion of the population that they are less than their fellow human being — less than dogs, even.

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42 more reader comments:

  1. .. Youre a bitch. Enough said

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:04am
  2. phail

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:04am
  3. that bull shit, most likly it will decrese

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:05am
  4. You got to be fucking kidding me!

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:05am
  5. Dude, that’s fucking stupid.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:05am
  6. thats b s

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:06am
  7. oh no! HIV is the gay’s fault! last time i checked straight people can have HIV as well…republicans are probably going to tell me now that straight people are immune to HIV.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:06am
  8. What an idiot

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:06am
  9. WTF,I am at a lost .how the hell did this inbreed jackass get into politics. I swear he needs to be tied to a saint Christopher’s cross and flogged. what kind of hateful message is he sending. Ignorance is not bliss. He needs to be kicked not booted but kicked out of the NYS Senate. What a jackass.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:07am
  10. he does know ANYONE can have aids right?

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:08am
  11. Are you freakin kidding me? ASSHOLE!

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:08am
  12. Monique I like you comment becuaser you said “flogged” but also I agree with you

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:08am
  13. that’s just ridiculous… does he know straight people, even NEWBORN CHILDREN get HIV every day?? Geeeeeez….

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:09am
  14. Just another ignoramous that makes the USA look like a third-world country. I don’t know who would be more of the fool though, that he believes this or those that will listen to this stupidity and believe it too…

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:11am
  15. How funny..

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:11am
  16. You’d think that people in government would have a little more sense than this. Nope.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:12am
  17. That son of a bitch.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:12am
  18. if people are safe,that shudnt be a issue…people are ignorant

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:13am
  19. The last hurrah to try to get people NOT to vote for gay marriage. Give it up, it’s gonna pass.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:13am
  20. Really? Cause I thought ppl bein married and committed would slow down the spread of HIV?

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:13am
  21. Boy I must have things back asswards…

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:14am
  22. Another excellant example of our legistlatures at thier best!! They represent the people….wonder if the people there think the same! How long must we suffer from stupidity and 30 years later no cure….in part do to STUPIDITY Like this!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:14am
  23. What an ignorant statement … this moron and bigot needs to research more before opening his bloody gob.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:17am
  24. Umm…… REALITY CHECK TIME!!!! HIV occurs in heterosexuals too, babe. Pass the bill, then spread the word on STD prevention…NOT Marriage prevention!

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:17am
  25. Last time i checked you could get hiv infected by having unsafe sex (usually) with multiple partners whether you are gay or straight. Uhm doesn’t marriage kinda solve that problem?? Since marriage usually means you’re in a stable commited relation?? Is he just stupid or is he using the scare tactic? Sigh… Some people

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:18am
  26. he’s a regular Albert Einstein, ain’t he….must go with that hair piece

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:53am
  27. Monique: I love how you put that he should be flogged, which is a hateful crime, because of his hateful actions… A little hypocritical, don’t you think? The only way we’re gonna win this battle is to play by the rules. Otherwise we’ll just look like a bunch of crazed homo’s who need Jesus to save us.

    But I agree, this man needs to be more informed BEFORE he opens his mouth and lets whatever nonesense come out…

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 9:59am
  28. To say that gay marriage will usher in an AIDS epidemic is an absolute embarrassment to basic intelligence and a defiant ignorance at the overwhelming evidence of gay marriage elsewhere in the country and the world that refutes his claim. And to say that the animal kingdom regards homosexuality as unnatural is to again show a bewildering ignorance at the gay animals that do exist, including the gay penguins at New York City’s Zoo of all places. I sincerely hope that the NY State Senators that heard his claims realize that a vote against marriage equality means a vote to stand next to this man and his troubling thoughts.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 10:32am
  29. Are you serious!! What kind of ignorant fool do we have here!!!
    Obviously he is totally missing the issue-is he paying any attention at all? AIDS is NOT a gay only illness! I will be voting this old fool OUT next election…*SIGH* and an EYE ROLL…

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 12:19pm
  30. At least A. Einsteins hair was his real hair. That looks like something I ran over in the road last week.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 2:16pm
  31. Looks like he picked up a pamphlet on HIV / AIDS around the same time he bought those glasses.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 2:46pm
  32. Email his office at: legislature@co.clinton.ny.us and let them know what a dumbass you think he is.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 5:00pm
  33. What an idiot to say something or believe in what he just said. Whoever voted this man in to the Senate, they too need to be educated better then what they are.

    Posted on Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 7:27pm
  34. Wow! Now THAT’S backwoods thinking! Let’s let him keep talking because he obviously sinking his own ship with comments like this. Laughable even, if it were not so hate and ignorance based.

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 5:25am
  35. Yeah, because its not like heterosexual couples can’t get HIV or anything!

    Posted on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 2:33pm
  36. I like the comments overall, gives me a little faith for humaninity

    Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 3:38am
  37. It’s hard to imagine that at this point in time, when technology is so advanced and education is no longer confined with the 4 walls of the classroom, there still exist people with such ignorance, stupidity, malice and evilness. The good thing is, such kind of people are more or less confined in above 40 age bracket of our population, so the future looks promising as far as open-mindedness and tolerance are concerned. The younger generation is more exposed to diversity and culture.

    Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 10:38pm
  38. To you and everyone else making logical arguments as to why he’s wrong: You seem to be confusing politicians with reasonably intelligent human beings. I know, people make that mistake all the time.

    Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 11:09pm
  39. Willful ignorance at it very finest! 90% of the world’s AIDs population are HETEROSEXUAL for God’s sake! The FASTEST growing population of AIDS patients are hetero for that matter. In fact it’s every bit as easy to get AIDS through hetero contact as it is through gay contact. This dolt HAS to know this, the information is distributed by all the major AIDS orgs on a regular basis to EVERY politician in the USA. He CAN’T claim ignorance… well not and get away with it for more than 10 seconds. GEEZE!

    Posted on Monday, June 27, 2011 at 2:34am
  40. There is a much greater fear in heterosexual sex.. the posibility of conceiving when not intended! As homosexuals can’t, they don’t bother with protection.. hence the greater chance of gays spreading the infection. FACT! However, this Sam guy is a dumb pr*ck.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 7:14am
  41. Having to hide who you are might be a reason for a higher percent of a community having hiv/aids. Being fully accepted would lower the need to sneak around for love. Lowering the likely hood of it spreading in that fashion. He seems more like that old grandpa that no one likes to talk about, and doesn’t get invited over for family holidays doesn’t he?

    Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 5:39pm
  42. How many “straight couples often worry about babies”? Not using protection just happens, also many couples can’t use protection for religious reasons, so they go skin on skin… Just luck, or the lack thereof and location, perhaps some devious people who are infected but choose not to tell others, damning them to the same fate. Anyone can be a rat fuck bastard, I think world history shows that.

    Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 5:42pm