Mich. GOP Rep. Wants Schools to be Liable for Telling Kids it's OK to be Gay

by EDGE

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Friday June 19, 2015

Gary Glenn, the Republican lawmaker from Michigan who co-authored the state's ban on same-sex marriage, said school officials who tell students that it's OK to be gay should be held financially or criminally liable if he or she contracts a deadly sexually transmitted disease, MLive reports.

"If some young person hears at school that it's OK to be gay and then comes down with a fatal disease as a result, school officials should be held legally liable, individually and in their official capacities, financially and maybe even criminally," Glenn said.

Glenn's comments were captured in the film "Light wins: How to overcome the Criminalization of Christianity," which was released earlier this year and features interviews with conservative religious and political leaders including 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.

Glenn, who in addition to being a state representative is president of the Michigan chapter of the anti-gay hate group American Family Association, was re-elected in 2014 and has been a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage and LGBT anti-discrimination ordinances.

"(Glenn's comments) would be laughable if they weren't hyperbolic and so very dangerous," Yvonne Sifted of Equality Michigan wrote in an email, adding that "knowledge is power. As long as we keep our children in the dark about safer sex practices through 'abstinence only' education, we only do them a disservice,"

Glenn, who has a history of making anti-gay statements, came under fire in 2013 for asserting that gay workers shouldn't be hired -- a statement he later backpedaled on claiming that LGBT employees weren't "the best and the brightest."

"Being the 'best and brightest' is not defined by engaging in homosexual behavior, specifically because it's not bright to engage in behavior medically associated with dramatically increased personal health risks," Glenn said.

Although the anti-gay documentary featuring Glenn's comments is only available for viewing as a paid download, Right Wing Watch obtained the clip which they posted to YouTube.