Nevada Assembly Speaker-designate Ira
Hansen on Sunday announced he would withdraw from the leadership
position after anti-gay remarks surfaced.
Days after winning the Assembly for the
first time since 1985, Republicans picked Hansen as their candidate
However, last week, Hansen was forced
to apologize for sexist, misogynist, homophobic and racist writings
after the News Review took a detailed look at his 13-year
career as a columnist for the Sparks Tribune.
The Review Journal then printed
a letter written last year in which Hansen objects to a legislative
attempt to repeal Nevada's ban on gay marriage, in which he claims
that being gay is a “sexual behavior” like adultery,
prostitution, pedophilia, incest, pederasty, bigamy and bestiality
and that “homosexual conduct shortens lives by 15 to 20 years.”
a statement, Hansen said that he was withdrawing for “the
greater good of the state of Nevada” and accused critics of
“distorting” his views.
“Ultimately, this whole attack has
very little to do with my views. The powers that be are planning a
massive, more than one billion dollar, tax increase and I stood in
the way as speaker,” he said.