Dwayne Alons, Iowa, R-Hull: homophobic and dangerously misinformed

Dwayne Alons, R-Hull, is the Iowa representative who recently advocated defunding Iowa’s judiciary in retaliation for the State Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in favor of marriage equality.  The following is video from February of 2011 in which Rep. Alons responds to some admittedly leading questions from a reporter from ThinkProgress.  Their transcript is pasted below.

TP: There is also this argument that argues that homosexuality is a public health hazard, that there are higher rates of STDs and higher rates of other diseases. Do you agree with that view?

ALONS: I think that whole lifestyle has brought a lot of problems to society…For the most part when you look at some of the issues that have been brought up by homosexuals’ lifestyle, there are a lot of negatives that have been brought into society and I think government is trying to deal with that and should be dealing with.

TP: And what kind of negatives, do you think?

ALONS: Well, look at all that has been spent, you know, with the AIDS and with the issues related to the dying at an early age. I think life, longevity, of a lot of these folks is below 50, when you know, the normal people that do not enter into that kind of relationship, their either late into their 70s or early 80s for longevity. A lot more actual productive years and contributing to society. […]

TP: So do you think there are ways for the state to discourage this kind of behavior that leads to the kind of public health problems that you’ve described?

ALONS: I think having a limitation on one man and one woman would be a pathway to get that as a basic foundational direction.

In other words the state has an interest in protecting the gays from themselves before they go and get that AIDS and die in their forties.  It is a disgrace to our state to have people like this in our legislature.  It’s one thing to oppose marriage equality on religious or moral grounds, although I would still call you a bigot, it’s wholly another to use ridiculous made up statistics to back up your position.

To paraphrase the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan, everyone is welcome to their own opinion, but not their own facts.

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