MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen on being gay: "It's an unhealthy, sexual addiction" [VIDEO]

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Don't expect to see Gruenhagen at the Pride Festival anytime soon.
In response to the introduction of marriage equality bills in the House and Senate yesterday, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, took the opportunity to point out his belief that being gay is a form of mental illness.

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Gruenhagen also said he doesn't think people are born homosexual. Rather, he regards it as an "unhealthy" lifestyle choice that can be cured through ex-gay therapy.

From the Star Tribune:
"It's an unhealthy, sexual addiction," state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen said Wednesday.

The Glencoe Republican said he has a friend who ran a sexual addiction clinic. "He helped many homosexuals and other people come out of the lifestyle."...

"When we talk about gay marriage, we are not talking about an immutable characteristic, like the color of your skin." Gruenhagen said. Referencing a decade-old genome study, he added: "There is no gay gene. The concept that there is a gay gene is an unscientific lie."
Sounds like Marcus Bachmann might be lobbying Gruenhagen pretty hard, doesn't it?

Another MNGOP legislator -- clergyman Rep. Dan Hall, R-Burnsville -- said he "will go to jail before I will ever perform a marriage to a homosexual."

Thankfully for Hall, the bill introduced by openly gay Sen. Scott Dibble and openly gay Rep. Karen Clark won't force Hall to marry abominable homosexuals like them. Politics in Minnesota details the legislation:
The language in the bill is simple. It crosses out phrases "man and a woman" and "only between persons of the opposite sex" that were first put in law in 1997, and inserts the words "two persons" and "spouse." The bill also includes religious freedom language, as requested by Petersen, to allow religious organizations to refuse to perform a same-sex marriage if they choose. "Each religious organization, association or society has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine, policy, teachers and beliefs regarding who may marry within a faith," the bill reads.
If the bill is approved by the Legislature and signed into law, Minnesota would join nearly a dozen other states in allowing gay marriages this August. In other words, if you're sympathetic to the viewpoints expressed by Gruenhagen and Hall, stock up on bottled water and nonperishable foods in July, because if Dibble and Clark have the votes to get marriage equality to Governor Dayton's desk, God's wrath is coming!

:::: UPDATE ::::

The Uptake has video of Gruenhagen making his "gay gene" remarks:



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eeephour
eeephour

Question Senator.   Innate or all learned?   You ignorance Senator, your ignorance you homophobic twit.


My answer's C.  Both of the above. 

tensedup
tensedup

I can't believe this man's party let him get up there and speak for them.  Typical of a closed minded little person who understands nothing and believes anything. He clearly knows a lot about biology. Because we've mapped the  genome, then he thinks we must therefore know precisely which gene affects everything from the wrinkle on your left ear to the smell of your perspiration.  And of course we must now know everything about the human brain. What an idiot.

Dawn Marie M
Dawn Marie M

So this guy says that being gay is a mental illness ??? He needs to get his head out of his homophobic ass hole and get to a psychiatrist because HE has a mental illness

Lisa Patton
Lisa Patton

Well, for him, sex probably IS an unhealthy unnatural addiction. Poor thing.

Kevin Lane
Kevin Lane

Even if you took his premise as true, which I wholeheartedly do not, what difference does it make? I thought the Republican party was all about the idea that people can do what they want in their private lives, and the government shouldn't interfere. True conservatives should support gay marriage.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

With deep thinkers like this making up the Republican Party the Dems will be in charge of Minnesota for a long time. 

Kathi Malone
Kathi Malone

I just answered this false premise. Please everyone answer this as Tim has suggested. He needs to face the facts.

Kathi Malone
Kathi Malone

He probably is gay himself and covering up.

Tim Mc G
Tim Mc G

Tell this Representative of the people what his consituents think of him! rep.glenn.gruenhagen@house.mn

MinneapolisMang
MinneapolisMang

This dude is gay as a whistle.

I give it six months before we hear about him blowing some dude in a rest-stop.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen arrested for solicitation in men's room in 3.. 2..

_Joe_
_Joe_

I love how clergyman Rep. Dan Hall tries to sound like such a tough guy too.  "I will go to jail first!" blah blah blah.  One of these things is true:

1. He knows damn well he'll never be forced to perform a marriage he doesn't want to, so he's just grandstanding to the lesser informed

or

2. He doesn't realize that the US Constitution protects him from having to perform marriages he doesn't want to.  In which case, what the hell is he doing in public office??  That's some pretty entry level stuff right there.

_Joe_
_Joe_

Doesn't the Free Excercise Clause in the First Amendment to the US Constitution make all of that "religious freedom" language kinda redundant?

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.."

No church will EVER be forced to perform marriages they don't want to.  Hello?  Anyone ever heard of a Jewish couple suing a Catholic church because they couldn't get married there?  Nope.  It's the churches perogative.  Don't believe me?  Check out this disgusting example of a congregation exercising their right to bar a black couple from getting married in their church because they are black: http://www.cnn.com/2012/07/30/us/mississippi-black-couple-wedding

Yes, it's bigoted, hateful, hurtful, and close-minded, but it's completely protected under the law of the land.  Just like all you homophobes.

eeephour
eeephour

@Lisa Patton  He probably jerks off in the corner while his wife is with a real man. 

eeephour
eeephour

@Kevin Lane   True conservatives are assholes.  What part of that don't you get?

Onan
Onan

@MinneapolisMang "I give it six months before we hear about him blowing some dude in a rest-stop.: - NTTAWWT.

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