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Wyo. lawmaker defends book on AIDS that describes gays as promiscuous

Monday, March 17, 2014
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CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s newest lawmaker is defending a book he wrote nearly three decades ago that says many gay people demand the right to have sex with children and people with AIDS should be quarantined if they continue having sex.

Troy Mader

Troy Mader

“The Death Sentence of AIDS: Vital Information For You and Your Family’s Health and Safety” was self-published by Rep. Troy Mader (R-Gillette, Wyo.), who was sworn in on the second day of the 2014 session.

Mader said in an interview with the Casper Star-Tribune the research in the book, mostly comprised of quotes from other sources, may be a little outdated. But he still maintains gays are more likely to be promiscuous than than straight people, and that promiscuity contributes to the spread of the HIV virus.

“If you want to participate in that particular lifestyle, that’s your choice,” he said. “But I reserve the right to say, ‘Hey, there’s risk involved.’”

In the book, Mader cites a 1984 article from the conservative magazine American Spectator that claimed the average gay person had 1,000 to 1,600 partners in a lifetime.

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“One activist has said that 10,000 sex partners in the lifetime of a ‘very active’ homosexual would not be extraordinary,” the book states on page 150.

Mader’s book also quotes people who claim to have studied the sex lives of homosexuals, describing supposed activities in gay bath houses, and strays into a discussion of sex toys and sex acts.

Another author quoted in the book is Gene Antonio, who wrote “AIDS: A Weapon in the Hands of Militant Homosexuals.”

Mader declined to defend statistics and recommendations in the book, saying he was only quoting what experts said decades ago.

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