GOP Rep. Jeff Holcomb’s speech earlier this week was met with audible gasps within the chamber.
A GOP member of the Florida state Home of Representatives lately admitted that individuals in his social gathering hate homosexual folks whereas defending a chunk of anti-LGBTQ laws.
Republican state Rep. Jeff Holcomb made the admission on Monday whereas arguing that opposition to a GOP invoice to bar the U.S. army from implementing extra inclusive insurance policies was an assault on the army.
“I simply can’t let our army be labeled as racist and discrimination [sic] with none, with no response,” Holcomb said.
He then claimed that the invoice isn’t actually anti-LGBTQ as a result of the Florida Republican Social gathering is much less hateful towards LGBTQ folks than al-Qaeda or ISIS, describing the extremist teams as “of us that discriminate.”
“We bombed a constructing in 2017 like we by no means often do. We bombed it as a result of they threw homosexuals off that constructing,” Holcomb mentioned.
“Our terrorist enemies hate homosexuals greater than we do,” he went on, drawing audible gasps in the chamber.
Holcomb’s phrases come as Florida Republicans have launched a barrage of anti-LGBTQ laws over the previous years, a lot of it below the guise of defending youngsters.
In April, Florida legislators expanded Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) discriminatory “Don’t Say Homosexual” regulation, limiting discussions on LGBTQ points in Ok-12 public colleges throughout the state. The state Home of Representatives additionally lately permitted a invoice that will permit state courts to intervene in custody disputes and take away youngsters who’re receiving gender-affirming care from supportive households with whom they reside — a measure that LGBTQ advocates have mentioned primarily quantities to authorized kidnapping.
In current days, LGBTQ lawmakers in Florida have spoken in regards to the impact that legal guidelines concentrating on LGBTQ folks have had on their psychological well being.
“I’ve sufficient tears in my automobile to fill a lake,” state Sen. Shevrin Jones (D), who’s homosexual, said in an interview that was published last week.
“I’m actually attempting to exist,” said state Rep. Michele Rayner-Goolsby (D), a lesbian within the state legislature, including that “the tough issues [Republicans are] saying” in selling their anti-LGBTQ agenda “are to prop up a governor’s political ambition, and their need and quest for energy.”
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