Human Rights Campaign condemns anti-LGBT remarks by Colorado senator; State senate still gives final
February 24, 2009
Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe really didn't want the senate to vote yesterday in favor of providing its gay and lesbian state workers with health care benefits for their partners - and he said so loud and clear. During a floor debate yesterday before the first full senate vote on legislation to extend these benefits to LGBT state employees, Renfroe stood up and declared:
Homosexuality is seen as a violation of this natural creative order, and it is an offense to God.... When we create laws that go against what biblically we are supposed to stand for, I think we are allowing to go forward a sin that should not be treated by government as something that is legal. We are taking sins and making them legally OK. ...I'm not saying this (homosexuality) is the only sin that's out there. We have murder. We have all sorts of sin. We have adultery. And we don't make laws making those legal, and we would never think to make murder legal.''
Ummmmm...got it. Today HRC President Joe Solmonese responded with this statement:
These outrageously offensive comments warrant condemnation by all fair-minded people and should be ignored by the Colorado legislature as they move forward in passing overdue protections to state workers. Senator Renfroe shows his own intolerance, but we remain hopeful that his fair-minded colleagues will press ahead and protect hard-working Coloradoans.
The good news is that the full senate voted 22-12 today to give final approval to Senate Bill 88, which is sponsored by Colorado's only openly gay legislator Senator Jennifer Veiga. The legislation now heads to the House.