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"Gays being gay is wrong. Two women can't
produce a baby, two men can't produce a baby, so
it's not how it's supposed to be.... I don't believe
in gay marriages. I don't believe in being gay"
Chicago White Sox designated hitter Carl
Everett, who admits he has had gay teammates,
quoted in the July issue of Maxim magazine
(Chicago Tribune, June 14)
"We put warning labels on cigarette packs
because we know that smoking takes one to two
years off the average life span, yet we 'celebrate'
a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of
sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20
years off the average life span.... Something is
wrong with this picture."
Rev. Bill Banuchi, executive director of the New
York Christian Coalition, reacting to a Pride event
in New Paltz, N. Y. (Mid Hudson News, June 12)
"It was a miscalculation on my part."
California Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, co-sponsor of the gay marriage bill that
failed by four votes earlier this month, when asked why he missed returning to the chamber in time for the vote (San Francisco Chronicle, June 13)
"I had four others who were willing to join in if
Dymally had been there to vote."
California Assemblyman Mark Leno, who is gay and
sponsored the gay marriage bill (San Francisco Chronicle,
"Meeting the man of my dreams and then meeting his
Singer Alanis Morissette, changing the lyrics to her hit
song 'Ironic'to please her gay fans (teentoday.co.uk, June 12)
"We already have laws on the books that fully address
the gay issue. That's not even in the top 10 of the people's
issues. Leave it alone. People in Virginia are fed up with
the Republican Party's anti-schools, anti-transportation,
anti-gays — goodness, what aren't they anti?"
Virginia state Sen. Russ Potts (R-Winchester), who is
mounting an independent run for governor (Washington
Post, June 14)
"[Texas] Governor [Rick] Perry and his people are just not
as good as [President] Bush and [political adviser Karl] Rove. Governor Perry knows the
steps, but he's got no rhythm."
Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson, about Perry's attempts to
reach out religious voters by suggesting gay Texas veterans should consider leaving the
state (Associated Press, June 12)
"Until then, it had been my feeling that AIDS was a disease largely spread by reckless and voluntary sexual and drug-abusing behavior, and that it would probably be
confined to those in high risk populations. I was wrong."
Former Senator Jesse Helms, apologizing in his forthcoming book "Here's Where I
Stand, "for his opposition to government spending on AIDS, when he later learned of its
toll on heterosexual families in Africa (Associated Press, June 9)
"The traditional teaching of the church has proven to be the only failsafe way to
prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS."
Pope Benedict XVI, admonishing Roman Catholic bishops from five sub-Sarahan
countries that the church opposes the use of condoms to prevent HIV transmission (BBC
News, June 10)
"I'd go back into porn before I'd go back to work for
a large law firm."
Atlanta attorney Rich Merritt, who was fired by
Powell Goldstein, a large firm, after he wrote "Secrets of
a Gay Marine Porn Star," his autobiography (Fulton
County Daily Report, June 6)
"Let me remind those Republicans [that the Bible mentions helping the poor] 3,000 times. I have not yet seen gay
marriage mentioned in the Bible."
Democratic Party chief Howard Dean, the former
Vermont governor and presidential candidate, speaking to
the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition (Chicago Sun-Times, June 13)