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Republican state senator equates gays to murderers on Senate floor

by Nick Cargo

During a floor debate, Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe claimed legal and biblical precedent in his opposition to Senate Bill 88, which proposed equal access to benefits for same-sex spouses of state employees. Homosexuality should not be considered legal, and "the people" already spoke in 2006, he said, when legally recognized domestic partnerships (Referendum I) perished, and a constitutional marriage ban (Amendment 43) succeeded, by popular vote.

Renfroe (R-Greeley) stated that his personal beliefs coincide with those the country was founded on, explaining that God's construct for humanity's dominion over the Earth is for the man to partner with the woman, made specifically to complement him, and to "be fruitful and multiply" accordingly. He went on to say that government's purpose is to make laws based on the Bible, and that since murder is an illegal sin, so ought be homosexuality, a "violation" of a "natural creative order" and an "offense to God."

"[When] we create laws that go against what, biblically, we are supposed to stand for, I think we are agreeing [with], or allowing to go forward, a sin which should not be treated by government as something that is legal," he said. "And that is what we are going to do with this and we've done in the past is we are taking sins and making them to be legally OK. And that is wrong. That is an abomination according to scripture.

"And I'm not saying that this is the only sin that's out there. Obviously, we have murder...we have adultery, and we don't make laws making those legal, and we would never think to make murder legal. But what I'm saying that for is that all sin is equal. That sin there is as equal as any other sin that's in the Bible."

Among the verses quoted by Renfroe on the Senate floor were Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13, which state that "man lying with man" is an abomination, punishable by death.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Veiga (D-Denver), passed on a 22-12 vote Tuesday. Veiga touted the bill as a civil rights boost and a measure to put the state on par with benefits commonly available in the private sector and maintain its competitiveness as an employer.

Audio of Sen. Renfroe's speech is embedded below, courtesy of ProgressNow Colorado.


Originally published on Wednesday February 25, 2009.

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