HRC to Ken Buck: You're a Dangerous Extremist Who Needs to Get His Facts Right

by HRC Staff

Washington - Today on NBC's Meet the Press, Colorado Republican Senate candidate and Tea Party darling, Ken Buck called homosexuality a choice and compared it to alcoholism - a theory debunked by the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association. Buck's extremist views and prior lapses of judgment show he is not worthy of representing the citizens of Colorado in U.S. Senate. The Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization - in partnership with One Colorado, call on Mr. Buck to correct his dangerous statements immediately.

"Mr. Buck's ill-informed views are not only factually inaccurate, but they are extremely dangerous," said HRC President Joe Solmonese. "In the past six weeks a number of teenagers have taken their own lives after being the victims of anti-gay bullying and harassment. When public figures like Mr. Buck make statements like he did today, kids struggling with their identities question their self-worth and other kids justify bullying. Ken Buck must correct his remarks now."

"This is yet another in a long line of examples showing that Ken Buck is out of touch with the majority of Coloradans," said One Colorado Executive Director Brad Clark. "Instead of focusing on common values of respect for all people, Buck is spewing divisive, extreme rhetoric. His claim that homosexuality is a choice is yet another example of his extreme views falling out of step with everyday Coloradans."

Buck's judgment is lacking. In 2005, as the Weld County, CO district attorney, he declined to prosecute a rape suspect, saying the details appeared to show the victim consented to the sexual encounter. Buck accused the victim of having "buyer's remorse," and regretting her relationship with the perpetrator.

In an interview after his appearance on Meet the Press, Buck said issues affecting the LGBT community will not come before the Senate. In reality, the Senate will likely take up over a dozen pieces of equality-related legislation. After being pressed on his comments that being gay is a choice, Buck said he is not a biologist and has not studied the issue.

"It is evident that Ken Buck's views are out of line with the fair-minded people of Colorado," Solmonese added. "He has proven to the people that he lacks good judgment and cannot be trusted to serve in the United States Senate. He says he is not an expert on LGBT issues. He will be making a lot of choices about issues he is not an expert on. We now know his extremist ideology will always win out."

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

One Colorado is a statewide advocacy organization dedicated to secure and protect equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Coloradans and their families.

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