Utah's ABC4 reports that recently released audio recordings, intended for a documentary related to California's Proposition 8, include outrageous and offensive statements by a Utah State Senator. According to ABC4:
Sen. Chris Buttars: "Homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts. But I don't care."
Just one year ago, Buttars found himself in hot water locally and nationally for this comment on the senate floor.
"This baby is black...this is a dark, ugly thing."
And even though Buttars says in the documentary interview,..."the ACLU - bless their black hearts...," it's his other comments which may get the strongest reaction.
Like this one which the documentary maker confirms is about gays.
"They're mean. They want to talk about being nice. They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen."
And just seconds later, Buttars draws a comparison between some gays and radical Muslims.
"It's just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it's been taken over by the radical side."
Buttars also claims he's "killed" every gay rights bill in the legislature for the last 8 years.
He also talks about gay marriage being the beginning of the end.
Buttars: "What is the morals of a gay person? You can't answer that because anything goes."
And finally, this is how senator Buttars refers to the "radical gay movement."
"They're probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of."
Now, in the interview, senator Buttars also talks about a certain type of reported gay sexual activity which he claims is taking place.
But ABC 4 does not consider that appropriate for its news content.ABC 4 and The Salt Lake Tribune should be commended for highlighting the defamatory nature of his remarks, which are now being picked up on LGBT blogs including Towleroad. Jacob Whipple, a local advocate (who we have highlighted previously on this blog) is calling on Buttars to resign - and calling on leaders in the State Senate to publicly decry the comments made in this recording. Whipple says, "He is a disgrace to his position of Senator and should not just be removed from his Committees (as he was [temporarily] last year) but should be removed completely from office." Buttars has thus far declined public comment, but has indicated he will respond via the Utah State Senate Republican Caucus blog at some point in the future. GLAAD is closely watching this story unfold, and is working with local advocates and media outlets to ensure that coverage of his outrageous remarks does not go unchallenged.