Saturday, August 08, 2015

Anti-Gay Republicans Having an Affair and Cheating on Spouses

As so often noted, the hypocrisy of anti-gay Republicans seems to know no boundaries.  They blather about "family values" and "protecting marriage" from us evil gays, and then they get caught with their pants down - both literally and figuratively.  The latest example is that of Michigan State Rep. Todd Courser and Rep. Cindy Gamrat.   Both have helped introduce a bill that would limit the ability of same sex couples to marry.  The Detroit News looks at the utter hypocrisy of these two douche bags.  Here are highlights:

State Rep. Todd Courser planned the distribution of a fictional email alleging he had sex with a male prostitute in a bid to conceal his relationship with Rep. Cindy Gamrat, according to audio recordings obtained by The Detroit News.

Courser, a Lapeer Republican, said on one recording the email was designed to create “a complete smear campaign” of exaggerated, false claims about him and Gamrat so a public revelation about the legislators’ relationship would seem “mild by comparison.”

Interviews with former House employees and the recordings show freshman lawmakers Courser and Gamrat, R-Plainwell, used their taxpayer-funded offices to maintain and cover up their relationship. Courser, 43, and Gamrat, 42, rose from the ranks of tea party activism, battled establishment Republicans to win seats in the House last year and formed their own legislative coalition.

A now-former House aide recorded Courser in mid-May directing him to send Republican activists and operatives an email that would appear to be from an anonymous political enemy that said Courser had been “caught behind a Lansing nightclub” having sex with a man.

During the May 19 meeting, Courser instructed Graham to send rank-and-file Republicans across Michigan what he called “an over-the-top story that’s obscene about me.” It was designed, Courser said on the recording, to “inoculate the herd” — an apparent reference to Courser and Gamrat’s followers in the tea party movement.   “It will make anything else that comes out after that — that isn’t a video — mundane, tame by comparison,” Courser, a married father of four, told Graham.

The pair are socially conservative legislators who often invoke their Christian faith in pursuit of new legislation governing gun rights, abortion and marriage. Their political alliance dates back to Courser’s unsuccessful 2013 race for Michigan Republican Party chairman when Gamrat ran as his vice chairwoman.

Read the full piece for all of the sordid details.  Underscoring their hypocrisy, Courser and Gamrat  introduced legislation that would make marriage in Michigan require a clergy signature.  Similarly, they have introduced  legislation defining life at conception. Not surprisingly, they are closely allied with Gary Glenn, head of the American Family Association of Michigan.

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