Opponents of a proposed civil unions
bill in Colorado that died in committee Thursday warned members that
its approval would increase the “AIDS tax” and lead to the
destruction of civilization.
Voting along party lines, the
Republican-controlled Judiciary Committee voted against sending the
measure previously approved by the Senate to a second House
Given that Colorado is home to several
leading Christian conservative groups, it wasn't much of a surprise
that the anti-gay rhetoric of opponents was at full tilt during the
committee's 6-hour session.
Volsky at the ThinkProgress.org blog Wonk Room first reported
on the arguments of opponents.
“Douglas Napier of the Alliance
Defense Fund led the formal opposition against the bill and
maintained that civil unions would likely lead to same-sex marriage,
despite a 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment that defined
marriage as a union between a man and a woman,” Volsky wrote.
Napier told the committee that the
legislation would create a loophole for heterosexual couples wishing
to escape the responsibilities of marriage, including child rearing.
Democratic Rep. Daniel Kagan challenged
Napier's claims, noting that under current law the children of gay
and lesbian couples do not have legal protections.
“I just have tremendous trouble
understanding why no protection for children is preferable to you
than the protections of children that would be afforded by this
bill,” Kagan said.
“I just don't think this bill should
promote a look-alike relationship that undermines the optimum [of
marriage] and detracts from that ideal environment,” Napier
Dr. Paul Cameron, the chairman of the
Family Research Institute, a group that believes gay people can and
should alter their sexuality, said he objected to the bill because it
would raise the state's “AIDS tax.”
“Every Coloradoan now has basically
an $112 AIDS tax from gays in the United States,” Cameron told
Cameron described being gay as a “habit
which is so captivating, and so destructive, and so anti-social.”
“Now we live in a world in which
300,000 U.S. gays have died because of their habit connected with
HIV. We're paying this tax because of their HIV.”
“A sensible society always asks
people to direct their sexuality in such a way that it doesn't harm
but in fact helps procreate society. If you vote otherwise, you are
going to help end – not tomorrow, the sun will come up – you will
help to end this most successful civilization.” (The video is
embedded in the right panel of this page.)
During a Senate hearing on the bill
last month, a
grandmother said she opposed the bill because the anus is weak.