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Mississippi lawmaker cites Bible passage that calls for gays to be put to death

Saturday, May 19, 2012

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi state lawmaker, commenting on the announcement by President Barack Obama affirming support for same-sex marriage, invoked an old testament bible passage on his Facebook page, calling for gay men to be “put to death.”

Andy Gipson

GOP State Representative Andy Gipson, a Southern Baptist Minister and business attorney, is Republican state Representative from Braxton, Miss.

On May 10, writing on his Facebook page, Gibson said that homosexuality is a “sin,” citing Leviticus 20:13:

“Been a lot of press on Obama’s opinion on ‘homosexual marriage.’

“The only opinion that counts is God’s: see Romans 1:26-28 and Leviticus 20:13. Anyway you slice it, it is sin. Not to mention horrific social policy.

Leviticus 20:13 reads, “If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”

In response to a follower, Gipson later wrote that same-sex relationships are “unnatural” and suggested they will inherently “result in disease”:

Sorry I’ve been busy and not had a chance to reply. David, in addition to the basic principal that it is morally wrong, here are three social reasons it’s horrific social policy:

1) Unnatural behavior which results in disease, not the least of which is its high association with the development and spread of HIV/AIDS;

2) Confusing behavior which is harmful to children who have a deep need to understand the proper role of men and women in society and the important differences between men and women, and fathers and mothers; and

3) Undermines the longstanding definition of marriage as between one man and one woman, a definition which has been key to all aspects of social order and prosperity. Anytime that definition is weakened our culture is also weakened. And yes, that is also true for other conduct which weakens marriage’s importance in society.

A screen capture of the original posts:

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Gipson is not backing down on his comments, and said, “To be clear, I want the world to know that I do not, cannot, and will not apologize for the inspired truth of God’s Word. It is one thing that will never ‘change’.”

Gibson’s comments (screenshot above) however, have been since been removed from his Facebook profile.

Knol Aust, Chairman of Unity Mississippi, criticized Gipson, writing on his organization’s website that it was not Gipson’s place to impose his religious beliefs on his constituents.

“Mr. Gipson is wrong when he states the only opinion that counts is his god’s. As a representative of Mississippi, the only opinions he should be concerned with are those of his constituents. While his particular god may play an important role in his life, it is not his job to impose his beliefs and faith upon the people he represents,” Aust said.

Aust then countered Gipson’s arguments, writing:

Being gay does not equal disease just like being straight does not equal disease-free. A heterosexual person with HIV or terminal cancer can still get a marriage license, but a loving gay couple of 20+ years cannot.

To argue that disease is a legitimate reason to deny marriage to loving same-sex couples is absurd. Humans spread disease not sexual orientation.

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Research shows children who grow up in households with gay parents have normal self-esteem. Also, churches, governments, and individuals telling children and adults they are unnatural is what’s harmful to children. Love is a simple concept for children to grasp; bigotry and hate are what confuse and harm children (and adults).

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Mr. Gipson needs to realize he represents all of his constituents. He should not cherry-pick which constituents he wants to work for. He should also realize his positions are neither popular nor Republican. LGBT individuals, couples, and families help pay Gipson’s salary. It’s important that he remember that.

While polling shows that nation’s approval of same-sex marriage has trended slightly above 50 percent in a recent poll, a November 2011 poll found that only 13 percent of Mississippi voters thought it should be legal, while 78 percent said it should remain illegal.

Even among Democrats, only 19 percent expressed support.

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103 more reader comments:

  1. not bright

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:23pm
  2. Whatever happened to keeping state and church separate…

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:23pm
  3. The posts are listed on Huffington as May 10th and May 11th. Those posts are no longer showing on his page, so either Facebook removed them or he did.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:24pm
  4. Seriously!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:24pm
  5. How many homophobes does it take to change a lightbulb???

    None they are afraid of change. :(

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:24pm
  6. His wife better be sacrificing her monthly turtles (leviticus 12:8).

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:24pm
  7. Why can`t these people just shut the hell up? Better yet I think the LGBTQ community in Mississippi should press death threat charges on his damn ass. Every one of them in Mississippi!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:25pm
  8. He’s an idiot. Comments like his give Mississippi a bad name.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:26pm
  9. I think I’d rather die being myself, than live as someone else.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:26pm
  10. This is why other countries laugh at us

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:26pm
  11. is this even real life?! ugh

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:26pm
  12. very sad that people think like this

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:26pm
  13. They already have through Christ. I dare him to try that down there in the great state of Miss.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:27pm
  14. that guy makes me sick….

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:27pm
  15. So who is going to carry out a religious death sentence? Doesn’t the constitution prohibit religion in state bussiness? Would this guy go against the constitution which he and his fellow bigots constantly preach about?

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:28pm
  16. Blesshis heart.. dont he realize once Jesus died for us the Old testament no longer is in affect.. Only the words of our savior which NEVER mentioned homosexuality and told Moses to wipe out all the old laws concerning it.. so there!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:29pm
  17. And there’s a Sentence about naughty Children. And no one take it serious. This Asshole need a Brain -_-

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:30pm
  18. Put this guy out of his misery. Gays have done NOTHING to this poor SOB. And he doesn’t know them at all so what gives him the right to go and say that they should be put to death just for being who they are? -_-

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:30pm
  19. Omg, here we go! Witch hunts soon to Follow? Politicians can’t seem to remember separation of church and state.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:30pm
  20. Let’s see him practice the many other things in Leviticus, most of which would end up with him in prison for many, many years, if not life, and THEN talk about it.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:30pm
  21. What about the scripture close by that says if your children disobey you to stone them to death….what mattered to that one? That is called picking and choosing scriptures for what you hate…probably about himself!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:32pm
  22. That’s fun – let’s all move to Mississippi – NOT!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:32pm
  23. Hypocrites! If they are going to that then they should also cite the passages about stoning to death adulterers which many politicians are!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:32pm
  24. Here we go again. Another closet case quoting specific parts of the pld testament, conveniently omitting the verses he chooses to ignore. That’s a real Christian.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:33pm
  25. Mississippi = Iran. There are so many things that God said like; Remember Sabbat which is Saturday when you are not supposed to work / but we do it anyway! You are not to shave your face / but we do it anyway! You are not allowed to divorce /but we do it anyway! This crap makes me want to scream! I have never been south and never will! Come up to the UP, eh!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:33pm
  26. must be his perverted bible…

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:34pm
  27. As a tax paying USA citizen, I think people such as GOP State Representative Andy Gipson should NOT be allowed to hold any public office of any kind, EVER, nor work in any type of law making/enforcement position anywhere EVER!! I don’t see anyone jumping up and changing any constitutions over what I think.want!!! And why does this guy think he has the right to say, think, or otherwise that all of us even believe in the bible and/or anything that is allegedly said in it. I don’t believe in anything that says anyone should be killed!! And these people call themselves Christians. What a laugh!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:37pm
  28. What a walking turd.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:37pm
  29. This guys right

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:38pm
  30. they get what’s deserved

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:38pm
  31. You know what? With all we’ve been seeing all these idiots have been saying,they are the massive proof that stupid people have been breeding at a massive rate!!! Maybe folks need to be more concerned with this rather than who’s marrying who or what!!!! Am I wrong or am I the only one that is seeing this pattern!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:38pm
  32. How could anyone believe in a book that goes against God’s teaching of unconditional love? Just why I do not accept he bible as a word of God.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:40pm
  33. Someone needs to let the christians know they’re savior said they didn’t need to follow Leviticus et al anymore.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:41pm
  34. I have to say this: WHY, WHY is LGBTQ allowing (or promoting) an advertisment for Mitt ROMNEY in his web site???!!!! I just found that add and I am looking for an explanation.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:41pm
  35. DB alert!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:44pm
  36. There is no such passage.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:44pm
  37. Dick!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:46pm
  38. What a big Turd, hope 1 or some of his grandson’s is gay oops

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:48pm
  39. Hey if he wants to play that I can quote the bible and remind him that it says any woman not a virgin when she becomes married shall be put to death…

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:52pm
  40. Can somebody clarify Leviticus 18:22 for me, please?

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:55pm
  41. Gipson NEEDS to be OUT OF OFFICE!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:57pm
  42. So typical someone who is not creative and there life is probably boring and miserable wants…..to rain on our rainbow…. parade…. Well…Kiss ass..fucker!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 3:59pm
  43. It also says in the bible people were stoned for haircuts……there goes the worlds population!! Lets get with the times!! Drrr

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:02pm
  44. Stone him

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:03pm
  45. Wtf? :/

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:06pm
  46. You know that the most dangerous, bigoted, hateful and down right stupid people in this world for some reason call themselves Christians and hide behind their Bible to puke out their hate. I wonder what they will be thinking the day they meet God face to face and God tells them to “depart, I do not know thee.” and end up with the rest of their friends in Hell.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:06pm
  47. Of course, this is the reason that the Bible is not actually where our laws come from. Thank G’d! I’m not sure what they’d do regarding divorce. Or the child who defies their parents.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:07pm
  48. It really makes me sick that people think this way and say things likes this! If I had half the ignorance of people like this I would probably shoot myself!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:08pm
  49. Where is my 50. Cal when I need it. Open your eyes ASSHOLE.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:21pm
  50. Mixing bible teachings with politics again? That’a boy! Because Leviticus makes so much sense to make constitutional laws. Indeed, we should all stone people who work on Sunday and sell our daughters into slavery. Oh and this guy better grow some facial hair quick or else he’ll be stoned to death too. And where is his sacrificial robe? Lord have mercy.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:23pm
  51. Asshole !

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:26pm
  52. Yeah well let’s vote this guy out for trying to be our judge.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:28pm
  53. Some people were obviously not standing in queue the day God was handing out brains. . . or compassion. . . or love. .. or plain ol’ common sense. Sheeeesh!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:29pm
  54. This guys must have something hinding in his CLOSET!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:31pm
  55. No one cares about Mississippi anyway….have you seen the place? Jackson looks like someone started building something there and just never finished…….it’s a total wasteland………

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:40pm
  56. That’s funny his dad and grandpa were probably behind the legal racial segregation and lynching of black people

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:43pm
  57. which bible he is reading im sure he is not reading right one mofckin’ moron there we go again another religious nut open his mouth again God makes good fruit not religious nuts :)0

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:44pm
  58. Last time I checked, MS was still a US state, and not a Bronze Age tribal Jewish state.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:54pm
  59. I have a passage for this hateful douche. Galatians 15-24. Particularly 19-21.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 4:59pm
  60. better reread your bible

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:04pm
  61. he should be put to death for saying that crap!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:12pm
  62. Check out the documentary “Fish out of Water”

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:18pm
  63. He should be put to death for saying things you don’t agree with, Kay? Isn’t that what he’s saying there, too? Who’s the better person? :/.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:22pm
  64. Why is it that every time one of these right wingnuts open their mouths do they sound like the Nazi party? Oh yeah thats because their party HAS been taken over by the neo nazi/white supremicists and everyone who doesnt follow their doctrines must be eliminated…Hiel..

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:27pm
  65. I didn’t know that the bible was the law of the land?

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:40pm
  66. Did he also cite death for sassing, having sex with somebody on their period, and a host of other laws? I love how they pick and choose what to recite and fail to read the rest.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:42pm
  67. 1st Mr. Gipson , Are you a Christian? (if so lev. Is old testament. Christians are new testament. Therefore, all that is of old and created by our heavenly father according to the books of acts says therfore it is of God and shall be loved. So you now are saying our parents are made of satan study your Bible dont be an ass!!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:51pm
  68. @Jacob Adkins: It is actually a mistranslation. The original passage is not a prohibition against homosexuality but pederasty. The problem is that most people are not very good translators, and the King James Version is very poorly translated, which was done to solidify the Protestant ascendancy between the end of the Reformation and what was to become the Thirty Years’ War. No one has bothered to really the examine the original texts in their entirety for a number of reasons, many of them politically motivated, but also that few people are comfortable enough in Ancient Hebrew to warrant commissioning a new translation do the entirety of the Old Testament, which would serve to correct many of the KJV’s errors. People like this vile moronic senator would rather have us wallow in the torpor of collective ignorance than actually try and read and contemplate.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:54pm
  69. Isn’t it strange that these people can stand in judgement when they have not even mentioned that if you curse your mother or father, in the same book of Leviticus that you shall be put to death…..or how about the next verse that says if you are an adulterer, you shall be put to death. If you’re going to USE the bible, Bubba, read the whole thing. These idiots are totally out of control.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 5:57pm
  70. it doesn’t matter what the scriptures say. If this is a law make who can’t separate church and state he needs to be removed from office. I don’t know why they can take people like this in to court and have him declared that he is not upholding the constitution.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:01pm
  71. Not to mention that it didn’t take God long to figure out that MAN could not live under the law……and gave his only begotten son to die on the cross for our sins. Stop quoting…..move to Afghanistan and live under their “laws”…..

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:18pm
  72. I live in Mississippi and he can kiss my gay ass!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:40pm
  73. Try reading Matthew 7:1, Mr. “lawmaker?”

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:42pm
  74. Jesus said that in order to follow Him, you must throw out the Old Testament. Anyone who follows the Old Test is, therefore, not a follower of Christ and, thus, not a Christian. Look it up.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 6:56pm
  75. It’s always gay (males) that are evil, but not gay (females)?

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:00pm
  76. I Guess Church and State Aren’t So Far Apart Anymore!!

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:17pm
  77. Doesn’t he have anything better to do? If there is a hell, I’m sure he will find his way there.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:25pm
  78. WTH????

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:33pm
  79. “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence” Carl Sagan

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 7:59pm
  80. This guy is LOONIE TUNES. He needs to be kept away from people so his disease does not spread.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:08pm
  81. What a fuckin’ idiot. Ignorant Southerners like this give the South a bad name.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:18pm
  82. There should be a law that any law-maker who invokes the Bible as his sole argument against a policy and even goes so far as to say”The only opinion that counts is God’s”, then that lawmaker should be immediately kicked out of office for being too gullible and ignorant to be allowed to make legal policies for grown-ups. PERIOD.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 8:36pm
  83. another good christian?

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 9:48pm
  84. Another asshole with not a brain in his head.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 10:00pm
  85. That’s a smart thing to do… now, God forbid it happen, if someone commits a hate crime against a gay person, they can always claim the missiissipp lawmake pervoked them… and that would make him an accessorary to committ murder.

    Posted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at 11:13pm
  86. What about the Bible passages that states……..”Do NOT JUDGE…LOVE THY NEIGHBORS….LOVE YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS………PRAY FOR YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS…GOD LOVES EVERYONE…WEA RE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD” WHY continuously pick verses that promote HATRED AMONG CITIZENS of a civilized nation…….It is INHUMANE against God’s words as well as illegal and unconstitutional stated in black in white in our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Aren’t leaders suppose to bring UNITY and SOLIDARITY among citizens of a communities, Cities and states.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 12:23am
  87. WHere to these people come from!? I am so sick of seeing them in a government position. Calling for someone’s death when you are supposed to represent ALL the people of your district should be reason for a RECALL.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 12:31am
  88. Uh, oh, this obvious wanker had better start planning his last meal and funeral arrangements, because the Biblical penalty for wanking also is DEATH! Plus he’s from Mississippi, so you KNOW he eats pork and shellfish (not to mention catfish) which are ALSO “abominations.” This jerk-off is in a world of Biblical trouble!

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 12:34am
  89. the bible is about as relevant as father christmas,when are these self loathing homos,going to stop hiding behind a fairy tale book!!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 12:44am
  90. I have a theory that Jesus was actually gay,not married,no kids and just had male mates,hmmmmmm!!

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 12:52am
  91. Sounds like this boy needs a taste of the Old ‘anaconda’ plan…and jail time with some bad boys

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 7:14am
  92. After 43 years since the birth of the modern Gay Rights movement it makes no sense that anyone would still advocate death to homosexuals, but then again I do live in a state that legally allows discrimination of homosexuals in the workforce and has a ban on gay marriage in its constitution.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 8:20am
  93. separation of church and state bible thumpers…. what don’t you understand.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:00am
  94. It’s time to put mississippi lawmakers to death.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:01am
  95. If I had this bigoted idiot making laws for me, I would move out of Mississippi. He is a disgrace to the state and to mankind.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:02am
  96. Just…..wow.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:05am
  97. Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:44am
  98. I can’t believe such a looney, bigoted person like that is in office. Is there a way to force Mississippi to secede the union? Then hopefully they”ll just inbreed themselves into genetic oblivion.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:54am
  99. oh great, can always count on hate in Mississippi.

    Posted on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 9:15pm
  100. As a Mississippian, this makes me sick that he is representing us!! Today they are supposed to run a story on this on one of the Jackson metro news stations. I hope he resigns….

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:08am
  101. @Sarah– Seriously??? Way to be openminded and accepting. Not all of us think like this man. But what you just said is equally as horrible and offensive as what he said.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:10am
  102. Please sign this for MS

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 9:53am
  103. Lot of creativity in that political position. Low information, galactically ignorant AssNozzle.

    Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7:29pm