(Sept. 26) – Members of the Colorado LGBT Caucus blasted Sen. Kent Lambert today for his remarks on an internet show accusing Democrats of using “mind control” to influence voters to support equal rights for gays and lesbians.
The Republican state senator came under fire after an interview with the internet show “Pray In Jesus Name,” in which he alleged that Democrats passed civil unions as a “mind control experiment,” likened passage of civil unions to the agendas of dictators, and compared individuals and businesses who discriminate against LGBT couples to conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War.
“I am disappointed that in this day and age, in which we passed civil unions with broad and bipartisan support across the state, we are still seeing intolerant attitudes from some elected officials in Colorado,” said State Representative Dominick Moreno (D-Commerce City). “Sen. Lambert’s remarks are offensive to all Coloradans who believe in equal protection under the law.”
The incident comes just weeks after controversies that have plagued the Colorado GOP, which began with racially insensitive remarks from Sen. Vicki Marble stereotyping African-Americans and were reignited when Rep. Lori Saine brought fried chicken to a subsequent committee hearing in “silent protest” of the prior incident.
“Republican legislative leadership has a big problem on their hands. This is now the third incident in just over a month where Republican legislators have made offensive statements about underrepresented communities in Colorado,” said State Senator Jessie Ulibarri (D-Commerce City). “Inappropriate comments like this, comparing the passage of civil unions to the agendas of infamous dictators, only serve to alienate the overwhelming majority of our residents who believe that all Coloradans deserve critical legal protections to care for their families.”