Senate Democrats in Utah are calling for Republican majority leaders to take additional steps in reprimanding Senator Chris Buttars over anti-gay remarks, reports The Associated Press.

On Monday, Senate Republicans held a closed door session to discuss the possibility, if any, of taking additional measures.

Several gay rights activists have called for Buttars' resignation over anti-gay remarks leaked to the Salt Lake City-based ABC affiliate KTVX, where the Republican senator called the gay rights movement “probably the greatest threat to America.”

Buttars made his strong statements in an interview conducted with filmmaker Reed Cowan, a former KTVX reporter, for an upcoming documentary titled 8: The Mormon Proposition.

During Monday's two hour session, Senate Republicans say they aired out the issue, but Buttars refused to participate in a press event held after the meeting.  "He's fuming in his office,” one attendee said.

Senate President Michael Waddoups, a Republican from Taylorsville, announced on Friday that Buttars had been stripped of his chairmanship of and membership in the Judicial Committee. The committee is charged with overseeing gay and lesbian rights legislation. As chairman, Buttars often expressed pleasure in killing such bills.

“I think everyone came away feeling their position had been vented,” said Republican Senator Peter Knudson of Brigham City.

But Democrats, who were excluded from the meeting, continue to express concerns on the matter and how it was handled.

Several Senators had suggested that the Republican caucus agreed with the content of Buttars' remarks and had moved to reprimand him only because he had violated an agreement with Senate leaders not to speak out on gay and lesbian issues. Senator Howard Stephenson, R-Draper, said Buttars had become a “lightning rod” on those issues. That deal lasted less than a month.

Senators on both sides of the aisle appeared dissatisfied with the actions of the majority leader. When asked if Republican senators were satisfied with the sanctions against Buttars, Waddoups answered, “I wouldn't say that.”

Democrats say they would like to see more action, but did not elaborate. One option would be to strip Buttars from his vice-chairmanship of the powerful Senate Rules Committee.

Senator Karen Morgan, a Democrat from Cottonwood Heights, said Buttars' comments were not opinions on an issue but something closer to an “attack.”

In his interview, Buttars, a practicing Mormon, called gays “mean” and likened them to terrorists.

“They're mean. They want to talk about being nice. They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen.”

“It's just like the Muslims,” he adds, moments later. “Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it's been taken over by the radical side.”

On the subject of gay marriage, Buttars says the institution is the beginning of the end: “What are the morals of a gay person? You can't answer that because anything goes.”