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The 5 Most Offensive Sexist and Homophobic Moves by Conservatives: This Month Alone!

From homophobic remarks to awful bills, here's a little roundup of a month of assault from the GOP.

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Even worse? One of the leading opponents of the nomination, Bob Marshall, defended the decision after it got national heat:

Dr. Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks never took an oath of office that they broke. Sodomy is not a civil right. It’s not the same as the Civil Rights Movement.

Really enlightened thinking there, Delegate Marshall. Still, Marshall has met his match in Bubba Carpenter, the state representative from Missouri. (See #4.)

4. Trying to effectively end legal abortion in Mississippi; then declaring that coathanger abortions may happen, "but you have to start somewhere." 

In a video that was circulated widely, then taken down by the local GOP, Republican lawmaker Bubba Carpenter gleefully describes the onerous burdens placed on abortion doctors that will, if not challenged in court, "literally" end legal aboriton in Mississippi.

It's horrifying to hear him speak of the disguises the few doctors who currently fly into the state wear to avoid violence as though it's a good thing. But the kicker is when he describes "the other side (aka pro-choice advocates): "They're like, the poor pitiful women that can't afford to go out of state... are just going to start doing them at home with a coat hanger" and then he says,"But hey, you have to have moral values. You have to start somewhere, and that’s what we've decided to do."

5. Bills allows pharmacists to deny care to women they think "may" be having abortions.

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback expanded the state "conscience clauses" to allow religious employees at pharmacies and medical facilities to refuse service to women they think "may" be having an abortion. As Robin Marty writes, he's "legally blessed a virtually open-ended number of situations in which 'religious' workers can refuse to assist women under the guise that they believe they 'may be' terminating a pregnancy."

So one consequence is simply refusing to dispense contraception and emergency contraception pills, neither of which terminate pregnancies. But there are other implications, as Marty notes, including that, "The law could also allow refusal of even more medically necessary drugs simply because they may relate to abortions..." like drugs that stop bleeding, for instance.

The right-wing may eventually lose the culture wars, but they're going to go out kicking and screaming and trying to tear down as many rights as they can on their way down.


Sarah Seltzer is an associate editor at AlterNet and a freelance writer based in New York City. Her work has been published at the Nation, the Christian Science Monitor, Jezebel and the Washington Post. Follow her on Twitter at @fellowette and find her work at

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