Mike Frey, a self-described “concerned Minnesotan father and husband,” on Tuesday testified before a Minnesota state House committee hearing on a proposed same-sex marriage bill, and offered a jaw-dropping, graphic lesson in anal sex, concluding that same-sex marriage would lead to the spread of AIDS, resulting in a “health risk to the society at large.”
Frey falsely claimed that the vagina has a “barrier … of a cellular tissue that doesn’t allow the sperm … to penetrate the blood flow.”
Frey’s “facts,” however, are inaccurate and dangerous:
According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, HIV is a significant problem for women. In 2011, women and adolescent girls ages 13 and older accounted for 21 percent of the estimated 49,273 diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States; heterosexual contact accounted for 86 percent of diagnosed infections.
The Minnesota state legislature on Tuesday began formal consideration of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. Votes in House and Senate committees were expected later in the day, but final legislative action could still be months away as lawmakers deal with the state budget first.