Utah Senate President Michael Waddoups announced that Chris Buttars, the homophobic scumbag who compared gays to Muslim terrorists, has been stripped of his chairmanship of the Judicial Standing Committee, as well as booted from the committee as a member. Buttars had proudly claimed that he had “killed” every gay bill that he had encountered. In a related move, the Church of Later Day Saints released a statement saying, “From the outset, the Church’s position has always been to engage in civil and respectful dialogue on this issue. Senator Buttars does not speak for the Church.” Video and more fun after the jump.
Waddoups basically says, “Gosh, we think Buttars should be able to say what he wants, but we agree with what he says, well, at least some of it and hopefully now that he’s no longer so high-profile, he can say more terrible things.” At one point he says he is “four-square” behind Buttars. At the end of the conference, Waddoups is asked if he has anything to say to the gays and he waffles and avoids the question, hiding back barely contained contempt.
Basically, every horrible thing you think about Utah was essentially confirmed in the last few days. First the COmmon Grounds Initiative failed, then Buttars comments leaked and then, while stripping him of his chairmanship, the Senate President says the only reason he’s doing so is because it’s distracting, not because it’s you know, heinous arch-bigotry.