Remember North Carolina Senator James Forrester? He’s the lead sponsor of the state’s 2012 ballot amendment banning same-sex marriage and a medical doctor who has repeatedly said that on average gays die at least 20 years earlier than everyone else—y’know because of AIDS and Hepatitis C and stuff.
Michael Signorile had Senator Forrester on his show yesterday… and if you like hearing ignorant, old bigots have their logic ripped limb from limb, prepare your eardrums for this sweet bit of aural candy!
Forrester got this “gays dies young” bit of misinformation from the Center for Disease Control… no, wait—they’ve never said anything like that. OK, so he got it from Frank Turek, the National Organization for Marriage’s poster boy who has compared gays to animals who eat their young and to “radical Muslims who… hate Western civilization, Judeo-Christian natural law values… our Constitution and particularly our Declaration of Independence.”
Did we mention that Dr. Turek is not a medical doctor either? Dr. Forrester knew that, but it didn’t stop him from quoting Turek’s little “factoid” as medical truth.
Signorile nailed Forrester for this lie during his radio show yesterday and expressed astonishment that Dr. Forrester doesn’t know that AIDS kills far more heterosexuals than it does homosexuals worldwide. Later, when Signorile asks Forrester how gays harm marriage and why he hasn’t proposed a divorce ban if his goal is to save marriage, Forrester couldn’t answer any of those questions either. Forrester later said, “I think I’m going to end this conversation right now because I see you’re completely negative, on the other side, trying to set me up.”
As Stephen Colbert once said, “Reality has a well-known liberal bias.”
Keep earning that LGBT Hall of Fame award, Signorile.