Anti-gay MNGOP Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen introduces ex-gay friend on House floor [VIDEO]

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Gruenhagen (right) and his ex-gay friend Kevin Petersen (left)
We've got news for ya, Glenn -- just because someone has kids doesn't mean they're straight.
This legislative session, Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen, R-Glencoe, has emerged as Minnesota's leading caveman critic of the "gay lifestyle" and everything that follows from it, including the desire to get married.

At a news conference last months, Gruenhagen characterized homosexuality as "an unhealthy, sexual addiction." Then, during a speech on the House floor last week, he said the undermining of "traditional marriage" had resulted in an untenable situation where the government is allegedly paying minority "welfare" recipients to have more and more children.

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But Gruenhagen may have outdone himself yesterday, when he used a "point of personal privilege" on the House floor to introduce an ex-gay friend of his who allegedly turned straight and did the all-American thing -- get married and have some kidlums.

Here's a transcript of the remarks Gruenhagen made while introducing his friend and the response Speaker of the House Paul Thissen offered afterward, followed by the raw footage:
GRUENHAGEN: I have a close friend here, the last couple of years, his name is Kevin Petersen. Kevin, why don't you stand up and say hi?

The interesting thing about Kevin is that he was active in the gay lifestyle for about 10 years, and ah, then he left it, got married, and now he has three children. [A smattering of applause can be heard]

THISSEN: So we have had for a long time on this floor, the use of points of personal privilege to recognize friends and family, groups in the audience. That's not actually what points of personal privilege are for. They're to deal with the issues of privilege of members of this House on the floor.

So, from now on -- it really has gotten out of hand over the last several sessions -- from now, if you have a point of personal privilege about something that is going to be happening that relates to you as a member of this body and it's about your personal privilege, that will be recognized, but we're not going to be recognizing groups, we're not going to be recognizing family and friends on the House floor. You can do that in another format.


It would've been more satisfying had Thissen simply told Gruenhagen to shut the hell up and keep the gay hate to himself, wouldn't it?

Anyway, after that fiasco went down, MNGOP House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt issued this statement: "Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen's comments today on the floor were inappropriate, and it was not the proper use of a point of personal privilege."

It was easily the smelliest extra-curricular thing to happen at the Capitol since MNGOP Rep. Ernie Leidiger invited Bradlee Dean to deliver an outrageous anti-Obama speech on the House floor nearly two years ago.

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gabemichael12
gabemichael12

Can't wait for a gay escort to announce he had been having sex with the guy for years, or for the guy to get arrested in a bathroom for having sex.   just. waiting.............

Dog Gone
Dog Gone topcommenter

It's always a toss up which right wing state legislator will be the biggest embarrassment to the state of Minnesota.  Gruenhagen keeps trying harder at the state level than almost anyone, but of course, Mary Franson is often a close runner up.

The consistent ignorance of fact on the right is a real tragedy for everyone.

Mark Edmo
Mark Edmo

Looks like a closet case to me...

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

:) knock knock! :( who's there? :) self-loathing homosexual politician. :( 'self-loathing homosexual politician' who? :) self-loathing homosexual politician who rails against his own true nature perpetually engaging himself in mortal psychosexual combat, and believes, despite his own best judgement, that nobody else can detect his hypocrisy. :( again!? I thought I told you to seek help.

Malcolm Heath
Malcolm Heath

While there have certainly been quite a lot of situations where a closeted gay man has been virulently against homosexuality, and while certainly many of the ones we've heard about have been politicians - it is also possible (and indeed, statistically more likely) that the man is simply a straight bigot.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

He's a self-loathing homosexual. I mean, c'mon people, how many times does this little drama have to play out before we catch on to the plot? Someone raised in a shaming, abusive environment starts having homosexual feelings, stuffs them down, fills up with self-hatred, and then projects that in a public policy forum. It's to PREVENT such pathology that we need to ensure equal rights for people like Mr. Gruenhagen, so that in the future someone like him will feel safe and accepted in being who he is, a gay man.

Mary Kuennen
Mary Kuennen

I'm going to be VERY judgemental and observe that this guy just LOOKS like a creep.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Rep Gruenhagen arrested in police sting in public men's room in 3.. 2..

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Woman:  So that is an interesting job.  So since we are getting to know each other can you tell me about your last relationship?  

Kevin Petersen  I was dating Marcus Bachmann but we aren't gay anymore cause we talked to Jesus and its all good.  

Woman:  I'm sorry, your last relationship was with a man?

Kevin Petersen:   Oh yeah, I used to love man butt.   I spent 10 years banging as many dudes as I could but I'm cured now thanks to Jesus.

Woman:  I don't understand.


Kevin Petersen:   Well you know what its like, penis is pretty awesome but I'm done with it.  I love *shudders* vagina now.


Woman:  Why did you shudder just then?


Keven Petersen:  Never mind that.  Anyway I think you would make an excellent wife and life partner to help quiet the demon voices in my head that won't shut up about Channing Tatum's abs.   I mean how great is Magic Mike, am I right?

Woman:  I'm sorry, I'm confused about this whole used to be gay thing.  Can you give me an idea of how many gay experiences you've had?

Kevin Petersen:  I've lost count but I'm 100% straight now. I love *shudders* vagina.  Anyway, topic change.   Magic Mike how fucking good is that movie?   Matthew Mcconaughey am I right?

Woman:  ummmmmm.....yeah it was pretty good.

Kevin Petersen:  *wistfully*  Matthew Mcconaughey  mmmmmmhmmmmm.   Oh no, I have a devil boner.  I'm sorry Jesus!   Please marry me, please any woman will do.  

Woman:   Well, thanks for fucking me over again ChristianMingle.com.  

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