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Oklahoma governor, legislative leaders mum on Sally Kern’s homophobic remarks

Friday, September 16, 2011
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WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) on Thursday announced that its members and supporters have sent 200,000 emails calling on Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R) and the state’s legislative leaders to denounce Republican State Rep. Sally Kern’s recent homophobic remarks in which she claimed that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorism.

Sally Kern

Kern, who in 2008 said that homosexuality is “the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam,” recently appeared on Peter LaBarbera’s paid radio broadcast to explain that her remarks were taken out of context and distorted by the media, but instead repeated her claim that homosexuality is “more dangerous” than terrorist attacks, and lamented that young people are “bombarded” with the message that “homosexuality is normal and natural.”

“Every day our young people, adults too, but especially our young people, are bombarded at school, in movies, in music, on TV, in the mall, in magazines, they’re bombarded with ‘homosexuality is normal and natural.’ It’s something they have to deal with every day. Fortunately we don’t have to deal with a terrorist attack every day, and that’s what I mean.” Kern said.

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“It’s more dangerous, and yes I think that it’s also more dangerous because it will tear down the moral fiber of this nation.”

The notoriously anti-gay LaBarbera is president of the one-man anti-gay operation, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Governor Fallin, Speaker of the Oklahoma House Kris Steele, and Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman did not return calls from LGBTQ Nation seeking comment, nor have they publicly commented on Kern’s latest attacks on the LGBTQ community.

“The silence of Governor Fallin and Oklahoma’s legislative leadership is deafening, particularly given the number of people we now see calling on them to speak out,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese, in a statement.

“Enough is enough. Sally Kern has a long track record of outrageously slandering LGBT Americans, ethnic and religious groups, and women. It’s time for Oklahoma’s leaders to stand up to her bigotry and hold her accountable for her remarks,” Solmonese said.

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