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Family Research Council Calls for Criminalization of Gay Sex

In an astounding exchange last night on MSNBC's "Hardball" about the proposed repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for LGBT service members, Family Research Council fellow Peter Sprigg called for the criminalization of all gay sex, whether in the military or not. If you had any doubts about the relationship between the murderous proposed Anti-Homosexuality law in Uganda -- a nation that has been the focus of anti-gay missionary activity by the U.S. religious right -- and our home-grown demonization of LGBT people, they should be laid to rest by the video shown below. Sprigg appeared in a segment responding to yesterday's heartening and unprecedented comments by Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Speaking for myself and myself only, it is my personal belief that allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly would be the right thing to do," Mullen told the panel, much to the consternation of Sen. John McCain (who once promised to accept the judgment of military leaders on the policy). "No matter how I look at the issue," Mullen testified, "I cannot escape being troubled by the fact that we have in place a policy which forces young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens." FRC's Sprigg was having none of it, claiming that it was "unfair to put soldiers in a position of forced co-habitation with those who may be viewing them as a sexual object. That is ... guaranteed to lead to greater sexual tension, sexual harassment and even sexual assault," he said during a debate with Aubrey Sarvis of the Service Members Legal Defense Network. Pressed by host Chris Matthews, Sprigg asserted his belief that LGBT sex taking place anywhere within society should be criminalized:
MATTHEWS:  Should we outlaw gay behavior? SPRIGG: I think that the Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas which overturned the sodomy laws in this country was wrongly decided. I think there would be a place for criminal sanctions against homosexual behavior. MATTHEWS: So we should outlaw gay behavior? SPRIGG: Yes.

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