In a rare interview given to Concerned
Women for American's Matt Barber and posted on the CWA website,
Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern stands by her recently
revealed anti-gay speech.
Sally Kern stands by her speech
delivered to a group of about 50 Republicans in Oklahoma saying she
would have delivered the same speech even if she had been aware she
was being recorded.
Kern says of her much-publicized line -
“I honestly think it's [homosexuality] the biggest threat our
nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam” - that she was
simply using a metaphor.
“I was just using a metaphor, just
trying to make a point so that my fellow Republican colleagues and
especially the church would wake up and realize that they [gays] are
a threat to the moral fiber of this nation.”
Matt Barber, CWA's Policy Director for
Cultural Issues, is joined by Peter LaBarbera, President of Americans
for Truth, in the interview. Concerned Women for America works for
the advancement of Christian values in policy making, while Americans
for Truth is a group devoted to “exposing and countering the
homosexual activist agenda.”
Kern's speech was posted on the video
sharing website YouTube on March 7th by The Gay &
Lesbian Victory Fund, a gay advocacy group that works to elect openly
GLBT people . In the speech, the Republican representative asserts
that gays are dangerous to America, are indoctrinating young
children to accept the homosexual lifestyle, and are infiltrating
city councils. Kern was unaware that she was being recorded.
In the interview, Kern denies Internet
stories that one of her two sons, Jesse, is gay. Barber asks, “If
your son were homosexual, would you love him any less?” “Oh,
listen, I would love my son, I'm proud of him,” she answers.
Barber then asks, “Do you hate homosexuals?” “No sir, I do
not. I disagree with them,” she responds.