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Iowa Senator: Gays Pose Health Risk

Posted at: 04/17/2013 3:37 PM
By: James Wilcox

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Republican senator from northern Iowa says homosexual lifestyles pose a health risk to him and his family in comments that drew a sharp rebuke from an openly gay Democratic senator.

Sen. Dennis Guth, of Klemme, spoke Wednesday on the Senate floor. He says the media has "bamboozled" the public into a growing acceptance of gay relationships and argues his family faces "health risks" because of sexually transmitted infections he says are associated with a gay lifestyle.

Guth's comments were quickly condemned by Sen. Matt McCoy, of Des Moines, who says Guth was using "warmed over rhetoric that has been invented by the Christian-right extremist groups." McCoy says being gay isn't a choice, but "you certainly can choose to be ignorant."