HRC’s Call to Action Against Representative Sally Kern

Sally Kern (L) and Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R) at 4th of July Parade 2008. Image via

It should come as no surprise to anyone that Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern is an anti-homosexual bigot—the woman has been making untrue and dangerous comments about LGBT people since she began in politics. HRC‘s president, Joe Solmonese, has sent out a mass call to action today asking HRC members to hold Kern responsible for her hateful comments.

Just last week, Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern told a talk show host that homosexuality is a bigger threat to the United States than terrorism.

Sorry, WHAT?

That’s right. Kern claimed that because young people learn that “homosexuality is normal and natural” and because they’re “bombarded” with it every day, it is “more dangerous” than terrorist attacks. It’s vile.

Tell Oklahoma’s governor and top legislators to immediately denounce Kern’s remarks without delay.

As if comparing gays and lesbians to terrorists wasn’t bad enough, in the same interview, Kern also blamed the AIDS crisis on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community – recycling the outdated, tired charge that gays are responsible for the epidemic, instead of calling for more support of programs to prevent new HIV infections.

Keep reading after the jump…

Sadly, this story is all too familiar and Kern has been censured for unrelated but equally outlandish remarks before. Kern made anti-LGBT comments like these three years ago that were captured on tape. But in the three years since, we’ve learned all too well what words alone can do – especially from elected officials.

Worse, Kern couldn’t care less about keeping her vile views under wraps this time around. Instead, she’s written a book criticizing the efforts of people like you and me to confront right-wing hate like hers. She casts herself as a truth-teller, standing tall in the face of “angry homosexuals” who speak out time and again against her extremism.

We’ve called out Kern before for her hatred, but public statements that could potentially incite people to violence are completely over the line. We can’t let this kind of hatred go unanswered.

Kern must be held responsible. Sign the letter to Oklahoma’s leaders now: “Kern’s comparison of homosexuality to terrorism is as offensive as it is dangerous. I call on you to immediately condemn her hate speech.”

Our campaign for equality has traveled a long road. We’ve unfortunately circled back to Kern and her unique brand of hate once again, but with your help, this will be the last time we ever need to. Thank you for taking a minute to stand with us and speak out.

Click here to sign the letter.

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