Florida GOPer Dennis Baxley, the same GOPer Representative that proposed ending a ban on guns in state schools following the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy, has now come out and said some awful things about lesbian mothers.
SHOCKING, WE KNOW.
During a panel about how to improve Florida's middle schools, Baxley basically lumped lesbian mothers in with drug abusers, saying they're part of the "dysfunctional" and "atypical" households that hold a child back from getting a proper education.
Because gay moms, moms that do heroine. Same diff, right???
Baxley, who is one of the original sponsors to the Stand Your Ground law in 2005, and once served as the executive director of the Christian Coalition of Florida, also came up with the brilliant idea that the best way to avoid school shootings is to allow guns in school.
Now comes this.
It's easy to say parents need to get involved, but half these kids are raising themselves. They don't have any parents that are functional. ... I mean I sat an hour and a half with a teacher telling me: 'This child has got serial men coming through the house, this one has two mommies, this one has abusive father whose home, this has alcoholism, this one has drug abuse.' It was a casualty warfare event to hear -- just her classroom -- how many dysfunctional, atypical -- to me -- structures are in the way of a kid having a chance to learn.
Equality Florida has stepped up and is demanding Baxley apologize for his moronic remarks via a press release:
"We hope Representative Baxley has the decency to apologize for his comments disparaging gay parents and our children. More than that, we invite Representative Baxley to educate himself, talk with us and actually meet our families. We are a diverse state and no elected official can fulfill their oath of office if they only respect and care about the people and families that look just like their own.
"The entire child welfare community, every credible agency and all research, is unanimous in recognizing that gay parents are equally capable of of raising children and that our kids do just as well as their classmates."
Government shutdowns, terrible gun laws, ridiculous voter purge crusades, rejection of Obamacare, homophobia. All class, them Florida GOPers.
November 2014 can't get here fast enough.
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