Some important news to share this afternoon: State Senator Ed Emery is not a fan of sodomy. He thinks it's offensive, totally unnatural and "significantly more dangerous" than smoking.
The Republican lawmaker decided to devote his latest legislative column to a homophobic rant decrying the recent U.S Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage...along with the court's decade-old decision on sodomy, because, why not!
After all, gay couples and sodomy are both major threats to society, right? And do we really want to live in a tyrannical society that doesn't prosecute this behavior!?
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His report is focused on "recent" Supreme Court rulings he did not appreciate:
This week's Capitol Report takes issue with some of the recent Supreme Court rulings. http://t.co/0nbM0DuKxV— Ed Emery (@edemery) July 5, 2013
Never mind that the Supreme Court's landmark decision against sodomy laws was in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas. (The topic did come up again in Virginia in April though the U.S. Supreme Court has not weighed in on the issue for years).
Still, Emery wants you to know that he's not a fan of the pro-sodomy "social activists" on the Supreme Court who are intent on letting Americans violate "natural law" despite the fact these violations come with "moral consequences, medical consequences, and eternal consequences."
And most people don't even like sodomy! He writes:
Pandering to a mere 3 percent of the U.S. population (estimates can range from 2 to 5 percent who practice sodomy), a 5:4 opinion has overturned moral absolutes that have endured in this nation for 237 years and transformed what is contrary to natural law into government-sanctioned behavior.
And if gay people were put on an island they would eventually die out:
If it were possible to isolate communities, envision three completely isolated islands. On the first island, a young married couple; on the second, two consenting young women; and on the third, two consenting young men. Without intervention, revisit the three inlands in 20 years, 50 years, and 100 years. The communities on each island reflect what is historically known as natural law. I believe the founders understood and expressed the relationship between independence and natural law. In the island illustration, one community would be expected to survive and thrive independently. The other two would be totally dependent on others or would be extinct in a single generation.
And God is not a fan:
God did not create Adam and Andrew or Eve and Evelyn, but Adam and Eve. Their sexuality is clearly prescribed for procreation, but American society has redefined it from procreation to recreation. I confess it is sometimes difficult to understand the abandonment of logic that seems so pervasive in today's America. Common sense is not just absent, but is detested.
And sodomy is a lot worse than smoking, guys:
For example, it seems odd that those so intent on removing smoking from societal expression are simultaneously intent on protecting behavior that is more offensive and significantly more dangerous. Smoking is condemned for harming the unborn and non-smokers who inhale the second-hand smoke. But the scourge of STDs and children born with AIDS does not elicit the same offensive behavior as depicted on TV, in movies or in public. One is described as an addiction while the other is promoted as a right. Actually odd may not be a suitable description -- possibly reprobate may be more accurate.
You get the picture. You can read the whole unedited thing here if you'd like.
Daily RFT left a message with Emery's office this morning as well as with his chief of staff to see if they might want to comment further. We'll update if we hear back. (Update: You can read Daily RFT's follow-up interview with Emery here).