A Republican senator from northern Iowa says homosexual lifestyles pose a health risk to him and his family in comments that drew a sharp rebuke from an openly gay Democratic senator.
Sen. Dennis Guth, of Klemme, spoke Wednesday on the Senate floor. He says the media has "bamboozled" the public into a growing acceptance of gay relationships and argues his family faces "multiple health risks" because of sexually transmitted infections he says are associated with a gay lifestyle.
Guth's comments were quickly condemned by Sen. Matt McCoy, of Des Moines, who says Guth was using "warmed over rhetoric that has been invented by the Christian-right extremist groups." McCoy says being gay is not a choice, but "you certainly can choose to be ignorant."