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||Gay Groups Criticize Okla. Lawmaker
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Gay-rights organizations have criticized Republican Oklahoma State Representative Sally Kern after an audio recording of her denouncing gays was leaked.
The Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund posted a YouTube video of Kern talking about the LGBT community to a group of approximately 50 Republicans, according to GayWired.com . Among other things, she said that 'according to God's word, that is not the right kind of lifestyle. It has deadly consequences for those people involved in it.'
The Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) , the nation's largest LGBT-rights organization, sent a letter March 10 to, among others, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry in response to Kern's statement. The letter—from HRC President Joe Solmonese—read, in part, 'Mr. Governor, words matter. As an elected official, Representative Kern's words and behavior set an example for the public and equating sexual orientation with terrorism serves only to further divide us and endanger our fellow citizens—some of whom she certainly represents in her elected capacity.'
Among the other organizations criticizing Kern is Oklahomans for Equality ( OkEq ) , which released a statement that said, in part, 'OkEq firmly supports Rep. Kern's constitutional right to express her views, but vociferously objects to the actions she takes to prevent LGBT Oklahomans for attaining justice and equality.' The release also stated that 'Rep. Kern has repeatedly used her public office to demonize LGBT Oklahomans and to attempt to deny them the exact same civil liberties she now defends so passionately. This is the height of hypocrisy.'
Kern has defended her position, stating 'What I'm saying, I believe in.'
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