Michigan Republican Isn’t Apologizing for Comments on Gays

Tuesday, 02 Apr 2013 12:41 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Republican National Committee member Dave Agema has doubled down on his attacks on homosexuality, claiming on Facebook that "it would cause great harm to society."

It was the second time in less than a week that Agema, a former Michigan state representative, used the social networking site to promote his anti-gay views.

In his latest posting, Agema, 64, was responding to a petition on Facebook by Brad Fingeroot, a member of the Young Republicans, who called for party members to adopt "a more inclusive tone" toward homosexuals, The Huffington Post reported.

Agema fired back, warning Republican colleagues that accepting "this lifestyle" in the party's platform will "cause great harm to society."

"The people of America have the right to know what lays ahead if the Supreme Court rules the wrong way," Agema wrote in reference to gay marriage cases. "You want to change the landscape of our party in a direction that had not been accepted for over 230 years. I'm trying to maintain our platform."

In another post, he wrote, “The real issue is, the homosexual community is pushing same sex marriage, which will be taught in schools as an alternate lifestyle.”

Slate reported Agema's first Facebook post after it was shown a copy of his private page. The committeeman appeared to endorse a controversial article by Dr. Frank Joseph that said, "Part of the homosexual agenda is to get the public to affirm their filthy lifestyle." The article also said, "Homosexuals aren't discriminated against in employment," and that "Homosexuals account for half the murders in large cities."

Agema later distanced himself from the content in the article.

Agema's most recent attacks come at a time when support for gay rights, including gay marriage, is at an all-time high, even among Republicans.

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