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(Columbia Daily Tribune)   Missouri's GOP-controlled Legislature: we want to pass a "Don't say gay" bill. MO Republican lawmaker: Then can I say "I AM gay" instead? Because I just did   (columbiatribune.com) divider line 185
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2012-05-02 02:55:23 PM
Wow, what an odd filter. It just removed the space.
 
2012-05-02 02:55:30 PM
Hero tag indeed. I'm just wondering how he managed to stay a Republican as long as he had. I get that he's a fiscally conservative-minded guy, but really, how can you stay with a party that actively hates who you are?
 
2012-05-02 03:01:33 PM
WTF? Where has this guy been? Did he not realize that the party he joined is instutionally discriminatory against gay people? Congrats on coming out as you're leaving office, I guess. Maybe consider not lending cover to a party that hates you next time.
 
2012-05-02 03:03:44 PM
Rep. Zach Wyatt, who is leaving the House after a single term to study marine biology, said during the news conference that he could no longer keep his sexual orientation to himself in the face of what he considers an example of bigoted legislation. "This year I have gotten a chance to truly look at my life," Wyatt said. "I will not lie to myself anymore about my own sexuality."

Well, I can see how he felt he could no longer serve as a patriotic Republican politician after voluntarily deciding to make such an unfortunate and inappropriate lifestyle choice.
 
2012-05-02 03:04:57 PM
The news conference, organized by Progress Missouri and the gay rights group PROMO, featured four Republican and five Democratic lawmakers calling on Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Fairdealing, to withdraw his bill, which has been dubbed the "don't say gay" bill.

Owned.

Also, Fairdealing? Someone get Alanis on the horn.
 
2012-05-02 03:05:22 PM
Bravo. I spent a few years of my life in Kirksville, and it does not surprise me at all when they produce kind and courageous people.
 
2012-05-02 03:07:03 PM

Cagey B: WTF? Where has this guy been? Did he not realize that the party he joined is instutionally discriminatory against gay people? Congrats on coming out as you're leaving office, I guess. Maybe consider not lending cover to a party that hates you next time.


Sounds like, according to the snipped I quoted above, he was lying not only to the public, but also to himself about his sexuality, and only recently came to grips with it. Or, as the official fundie GOP position would phrase it, he only recently chose to start living a gay lifestyle.
 
2012-05-02 03:12:39 PM

Cagey B: WTF? Where has this guy been? Did he not realize that the party he joined is instutionally discriminatory against gay people? Congrats on coming out as you're leaving office, I guess. Maybe consider not lending cover to a party that hates you next time.


So he supported a hateful selfish group and their agenda untill he realized he wanted some penis? I don't know if I should applaud or be appalled it took him so long to wake up.
 
2012-05-02 03:19:32 PM

Cyberluddite: Cagey B: WTF? Where has this guy been? Did he not realize that the party he joined is instutionally discriminatory against gay people? Congrats on coming out as you're leaving office, I guess. Maybe consider not lending cover to a party that hates you next time.

Sounds like, according to the snipped I quoted above, he was lying not only to the public, but also to himself about his sexuality, and only recently came to grips with it. Or, as the official fundie GOP position would phrase it, he only recently chose to start living a gay lifestyle.


Or the middle ground of denial.

I knew I was gay. I just refused to acknowledge it, act on it, or even really think about it until I was about 24. I didn't want it to be true. So I did everything I could to make it not be true. Of course, that's a huge FAIL, but your psyche can make you do some weird things.

I'm not saying that's where this guy was. Just providing another possible suggestion.
 
2012-05-02 03:20:39 PM
Asked whether homosexuality was unwelcome in his home area, he said: "I didn't say it wasn't unwelcome; we just don't want - I don't think the majority of the people in my area want it taught in our public schools, any kind of sexuality."

The bill would make it far more difficult for young people to deal with their emerging sexuality, A.J. Bockelman of PROMO said. "It only serves to further alienate students at a vulnerable time," he said.


I have friends with a 10-year-old child who is "gay." I mean, he's been gay since he was 10. I don't know how old he is right now. Anyway, his parents are cool, progressive alternative-type people and I'm glad they can support their child in his life choices, but it just seems odd to me.

Seems like a young age to go around acting gay, looking for a "boyfriend" and carrying on as such. Who knows, maybe he is gay. But sometimes I just think that maybe he was brought up in such an open-minded environment that they coddled his sexuality.

It'll be interesting to see how it all turns out. I just hope if he turns out to be straight he doesn't struggle to come out as straight after having lived a lie for so long.
 
2012-05-02 03:23:45 PM
This is just an onion of idiocy right here: Asked whether homosexuality was unwelcome in his home area, he said: "I didn't say it wasn't unwelcome; we just don't want - I don't think the majority of the people in my area want it taught in our public schools, any kind of sexuality."

So many layers, each more ignorant than the last
 
2012-05-02 03:23:58 PM
He didn't need to say he's gay. That Glamour Shot® did it for him.
 
2012-05-02 03:30:15 PM

Diogenes: Or the middle ground of denial.

I knew I was gay. I just refused to acknowledge it, act on it, or even really think about it until I was about 24. I didn't want it to be true. So I did everything I could to make it not be true. Of course, that's a huge FAIL, but your psyche can make you do some weird things.


Probably. Which of course is the place where a lot of the more homophobic fundies are, the ones who view homosexuality as a "choice" and who think gay people can "learn" to "become" straight. The more someone espouses that position, the more convinced I am that they think that way because they personally really are "choosing" to deny their own true sexuality and instead have "chosen" to live a straight "lifestyle" even though they would actually prefer the cock but feel they can't act on their preferences because Jesus or whatever. Exhibit A, of course, being people like this big ol' homo:

msnbcmedia2.msn.com
 
2012-05-02 03:38:34 PM

Cyberluddite: Probably. Which of course is the place where a lot of the more homophobic fundies are, the ones who view homosexuality as a "choice" and who think gay people can "learn" to "become" straight. The more someone espouses that position, the more convinced I am that they think that way because they personally really are "choosing" to deny their own true sexuality and instead have "chosen" to live a straight "lifestyle" even though they would actually prefer the cock but feel they can't act on their preferences because Jesus or whatever. Exhibit A, of course, being people like this big ol' homo:


Yep. You can build a closet with a wide variety of tools and materials.
 
2012-05-02 03:43:24 PM
The bill has the support of many social conservative organizations. Abram Messer of the Missouri Family Network said homosexuality is a choice and not biologically determined. The bill is an attempt to stop "social engineering" in the schools, he said.

"We want you to teach biology," he said.


What are the odds that this person wants creationism intelligent design taught in schools?
 
2012-05-02 03:45:34 PM

kbronsito: What are the odds that this person wants creationism intelligent design taught in schools?


I wondered the same.

Plus, isn't animal sexuality a field of biological study? Oh, that's right. They think homosexuality is a metaphysical phenomenon.
 
2012-05-02 04:01:07 PM
The bill is misunderstood, said Rep. Steve Cookson, R-Fairdealing, who said he would not withdraw the measure. Schools should focus on matters that will lead to success in life, such as math, science and reading, Cookson said.

Asked whether homosexuality was unwelcome in his home area, he said: "I didn't say it wasn't unwelcome, and I would appreciate the opportunity to talk with [Rep. Zach Wyatt] about this in private."

The bill has the support of many social conservative organizations. Abram Messer of the Missouri Family Network said homosexuality is a choice and not biologically determined. "Having made a conscious decision to choose heterosexuality, I simply cannot agree that one can be biologically drawn to sexy young men and their taut, firm bodies," he said.
 
2012-05-02 04:14:55 PM
media.columbiatribune.com


Yeah, you don't need a fine tuned gaydar to see that he's homosexual.

/Good for him

//He's cute, too.
 
2012-05-02 04:15:52 PM

Theaetetus: The bill is misunderstood, said Rep. Steve Cookson...


That's the line of argument when people don't buy into the bullshiat. "Don't pay attention to the letter of the bill or the obvious consequences for specific communities. Pay attention to to what you tell you the bill is really about."

Thanks, Mr. Cookson. I can read and think fine on my own.
 
2012-05-02 04:23:48 PM
Missouri bravely carries on the Republican war on gays. It's a war on the second front, with their main war being the war on women.
 
2012-05-02 04:27:02 PM

kbronsito: The bill has the support of many social conservative organizations. Abram Messer of the Missouri Family Network said homosexuality is a choice and not biologically determined. The bill is an attempt to stop "social engineering" in the schools, he said.

"We want you to teach biology," he said.

What are the odds that this person wants creationism intelligent design taught in schools?


encrypted-tbn2.google.com

There's biology. And biology!
 
2012-05-02 04:27:03 PM
Gay Republicans are nearly as inscrutable as Jewish Klansmen.
 
2012-05-02 04:29:30 PM
In typical Republican fashion, someone is against something until they find out it affects them directly.
 
2012-05-02 04:31:08 PM
I wonder if he's voted for any anti-gay legislation, or said he would. It could make him eligible for gayhomophobe.com...

I doubt there are many prominent gays and lesbians in Missouri once you leave the St Louis, Columbia and Kansas City areas...
 
2012-05-02 04:34:00 PM
The desperation of old white bigots is sure strong lately.
 
2012-05-02 04:34:12 PM

vernonFL: [media.columbiatribune.com image 137x185]


Yeah, you don't need a fine tuned gaydar to see that he's homosexual.

/Good for him

//He's cute, too.


He's like Ricky Martin and George Michael's gaybaby.
 
2012-05-02 04:34:18 PM
Good luck getting re-elected as a republican.
 
2012-05-02 04:34:21 PM

NuttierThanEver: Cagey B: WTF? Where has this guy been? Did he not realize that the party he joined is instutionally discriminatory against gay people? Congrats on coming out as you're leaving office, I guess. Maybe consider not lending cover to a party that hates you next time.

So he supported a hateful selfish group and their agenda untill he realized he wanted some penis? I don't know if I should applaud or be appalled it took him so long to wake up.


Not to mention that he's cutting and running instead of being a voice for change within his party. Way to go guy?
 
2012-05-02 04:35:02 PM
hero tag?

if you have to suck dick and take it in the butt to be a hero, i'll have to say no thanks.

no thanks.
 
2012-05-02 04:35:05 PM
media.columbiatribune.com

That must have been the world's shallowest closet, because he's FABULOUS

/nttawwt
 
2012-05-02 04:36:17 PM
From his campaign website (via Wayback Machine):
• Education must come first. We must fully-fund our children's future and trust parents and teachers, not bureaucrats, with their education.

• Low taxes are key to maintaining the businesses we already have, and attracting new ones, to provide jobs for the hard-working people of our state.

• Innocent life MUST be protected. As the ONLY pro-life candidate in this race, I will be an advocate for the most defenseless: the unborn.

• Our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms must not be infringed. I will help defend that right from those who would seek to take it away.

• The 10th Amendment must be supported to ensure the Federal Government does not deny us the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

• Farmers are the backbone of our district, and may also hold the key to our nation's energy independence in the form of bio-fuels.

• Welfare in Missouri requires extensive cuts and strict oversight in order for the General Assembly to meet its Constitutional requirement of a balanced budget.

• Veterans issues are of particular importance to me, and all veterans deserve to be honored, respected, and assisted in any way, but especially with cutting through the bureaucratic red tape for healthcare.


Sounds like typical Republican campaign literature. Save for the lack of gay rights being mentioned...
 
2012-05-02 04:36:34 PM

jaylectricity: Seems like a young age to go around acting gay, looking for a "boyfriend" and carrying on as such. Who knows, maybe he is gay.


10 year olds know what they like. Little boys don't pull on pigtails of little girls for nothing, after all.

But sometimes I just think that maybe he was brought up in such an open-minded environment that they coddled his sexuality.

What does this even mean?

/everyone can be rated on a "bisexual" scale, anyway
//the "totally heterosexual" and the "totally homosexual" folks just happen to be on the end points
 
2012-05-02 04:36:51 PM
FTFA: Asked whether homosexuality was unwelcome in his home area, he said: "I didn't say it wasn't unwelcome; we just don't want - I don't think the majority of the people in my area want it taught in our public schools, any kind of sexuality."

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2012-05-02 04:38:15 PM

Fluorescent Testicle: FTFA: Asked whether homosexuality was unwelcome in his home area, he said: "I didn't say it wasn't unwelcome; we just don't want - I don't think the majority of the people in my area want it taught in our public schools, any kind of sexuality."

[thirtyfacepalms.jpg]


"Homosexuality isn't unwelcome; it's just not welcomed by the community."
 
2012-05-02 04:38:27 PM

Cagey B: WTF? Where has this guy been? Did he not realize that the party he joined is instutionally discriminatory against gay people? Congrats on coming out as you're leaving office, I guess. Maybe consider not lending cover to a party that hates you next time.


Paris1127: I wonder if he's voted for any anti-gay legislation, or said he would. It could make him eligible for gayhomophobe.com...


He apparently voted and advocated against the bill in question before coming out as well.

How did I learn this? I read the damned article. It took like 30 seconds, tops, and kept me from making a post that made it blatantly obvious I wasn't paying any attention (well, about this subject, anyhow).
 
2012-05-02 04:39:48 PM

Jim_Callahan: I read the damned article. It took like 30 seconds, tops, and kept me from making a post that made it blatantly obvious I wasn't paying any attention


Are you new here?
 
2012-05-02 04:39:49 PM
OK dude, you've taken the first step in coming out now finish the job and disavow the Republican party, unless of course you're self-hating or something?
 
2012-05-02 04:40:03 PM
He used to serve in my unit (so to speak) here in Nebraska. Good on him, I say. It has to suck lying to yourself like that for so long, and then to finally be relieved of that secret, that has to do a world of good.

qorkfiend: In typical Republican fashion, someone is against something until they find out it affects them directly.


I don't think he qualifies as Republican anymore. He's being drummed out of the corps as we speak.
 
2012-05-02 04:40:06 PM

jaylectricity: Seems like a young age to go around acting gay, looking for a "boyfriend" and carrying on as such. Who knows, maybe he is gay. But sometimes I just think that maybe he was brought up in such an open-minded environment that they coddled his sexuality.

It'll be interesting to see how it all turns out. I just hope if he turns out to be straight he doesn't struggle to come out as straight after having lived a lie for so long.



The world isn't divided into straight/gay. There are many, MANY people in the grey area. I'm glad to see his parents aren't being so judgmental.
 
2012-05-02 04:40:58 PM

Jim_Callahan: Cagey B: WTF? Where has this guy been? Did he not realize that the party he joined is instutionally discriminatory against gay people? Congrats on coming out as you're leaving office, I guess. Maybe consider not lending cover to a party that hates you next time.

Paris1127: I wonder if he's voted for any anti-gay legislation, or said he would. It could make him eligible for gayhomophobe.com...

He apparently voted and advocated against the bill in question before coming out as well.

How did I learn this? I read the damned article. It took like 30 seconds, tops, and kept me from making a post that made it blatantly obvious I wasn't paying any attention (well, about this subject, anyhow).


but you took that time to write a post in response to someone who hadn't read TFA so on net, yer still in the hole. :)
 
2012-05-02 04:41:49 PM
Uncle botTom
 
2012-05-02 04:42:31 PM
colon_pow:

You are truly a repugnant creature.
 
2012-05-02 04:42:54 PM

colon_pow: hero tag?

if you have to suck dick and take it in the butt to be a hero, i'll have to say no thanks.

no thanks.


There's that rational republican voice. "But it's icky. I don't like it."

/Get over it. He's not asking you to the prom or anything
 
2012-05-02 04:43:30 PM

colon_pow: hero tag?

if you have to suck dick and take it in the butt to be a hero, i'll have to say no thanks.

no thanks.


colon pow
colon... pow...
"take it in the butt"

Someone's fixated.
 
2012-05-02 04:43:33 PM

Pincy: OK dude, you've taken the first step in coming out now finish the job and disavow the Republican party, unless of course you're self-hating or something?


Unlikely. I'm guessing he's still an evil motherfarker, just based on his campaign platforms. He's just a gay evil motherfarker.
 
2012-05-02 04:44:12 PM

colon_pow: hero tag?

if you have to suck dick and take it in the butt to be a hero, i'll have to say no thanks.

no thanks.


You're obviously not as brave as Rep. Wyatt.
 
2012-05-02 04:44:44 PM

verbaltoxin: I don't think he qualifies as Republican anymore. He's being drummed out of the corps as we speak


So he's a military small business low taxes guy who hates welfare and loves farmers, but the Republican Party has no place for him? Nice.
 
2012-05-02 04:45:52 PM

downpaymentblues: The world isn't divided into straight/gay. There are many, MANY people in the grey area. I'm glad to see his parents aren't being so judgmental.


You mean there's more than two choices and it's not actually some Texas Instruments-grade binary bullshiat? Get the fark out!

/Bi-nary
 
2012-05-02 04:47:58 PM
Many fundamentalists and teabaggers advocate:

- Taking away women's rights
- Targeting religious and ethnic minorities
- Targeting homosexuals
- Policies that ruin our economy
- Policies that destroy our environment
- Using violence as a means of solving problems

More than ever I'm beginning to think we were so distracted by the terrorists in the Middle East, we forgot about the millions of terrorists who live on our soil.
 
2012-05-02 04:48:16 PM

Fubini: Bravo. I spent a few years of my life in Kirksville, and it does not surprise me at all when they produce kind and courageous people.


Yeah bravo for Wyatt.

Kirksville is pretty quirky in that it has a real odd mix of open-minded people and close-minded people in a town of 13,000. Truman has a big role in that obviously.

/Truman Grad
//Class of 2010
///Kirksville had its pluses and minuses...will not miss the weather though
 
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