State Senator Scott Renfroe Made the Comments during Debate on Legislation Protecting Partners of Gay and Lesbian State Workers
WASHINGTON - The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, today condemned the comments of Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe in which he compared homosexuality with murder. At the same time, HRC urged the Colorado legislature to reject such hate speech and move forward on a bill that would extend healthcare benefits to same sex partners of state workers.
Renfroe made his comments during debate on the bill yesterday. During his speech opposing the legislation, Renfroe quoted scripture and called homosexuality "an offense to God," suggesting that approval of the bill would be like legalizing murder.
"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," said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. "Senator Renfroe shows his own intolerance, but we remain hopeful that his fair-minded colleagues will press ahead and protect hard-working Coloradoans."
The bill in question, Senate Bill 88, is sponsored by Senator Jennifer Veiga. A Senate vote on the bill could come as soon as this week.
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