Tennessee State Senator Stacey Campfield on Thursday lost his GOP primary to Richard Briggs, a Knoxville cardiac surgeon.

Campfield trailed Briggs by more than 8,000 votes.

Campfield's support for contentious bills aimed at the gay community attracted nationwide attention.

He pushed for passage of a controversial bill which sought to outlaw the discussion of sexual minorities in Tennessee's public schools before the ninth grade. It was dubbed the “Don't Say Gay” bill.

In 2012, he infamously stated that “AIDS came from the homosexual community.”

“It was one guy screwing a monkey, if I recall correctly, and then having sex with men. … It was an airline pilot, if I recall,” he said on Sirius XM radio.

“My understanding is that it is virtually – not completely, but virtually – impossible to contract AIDS through heterosexual sex. … [It is] very rarely [transmitted vaginally].”

In a blog post Friday, Campfield embedded a video of Frank Sinatra singing “My Way” and wrote “that was fun.”