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State House candidate: Separate bathrooms for gay kids

by Nick Langewis

A Republican seeking a state House seat in the land of Larry Craig advocates segregation based on sexual orientation.

Retired Idahoan Walt Bayes, 70, says in campaign literature that it is "absolutely wrong to force any student to share the same bathrooms and showers with homosexual teachers or students."

"I don't really have an answer for it," the Wilder resident told the Idaho Press-Tribune Saturday, "but we're going to have to do something if there's going to be a considerable number of our people who are going to [be gay]."

It would have been "an absolute catastrophe," Bayes said, if he were allowed to shower with girls when he was 18 years old, which is the rationale he uses to advocate such a "separation."

Bayes' political experience consists of a run for State Senate in 2004 and a run for Governor in 2006, which he kicked off with a hunger strike, holding out for almost two months until a state passed a law to challenge Roe v. Wade; South Dakota did so. According to the Gem State Voter Guide, Bayes opposes stem cell research and anti-discrimination law based on sexual orientation and gender expression. He supports challenging evolution teachings in public schools and posting the Ten Commandments on public property.

A short video of Walt Bayes, outlining his campaign platform, is available to view at the Idaho Statesman.


Originally published on Wednesday May 14, 2008.

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