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MT State Rep. Ken Peterson Wants Any Gays Caught ‘Recruiting’ Straights To Be Jailed For 10 Years

State Rep. Ken Peterson, a 75-year-old Republican attorney from Billings, is four years into his second stint in the Montana House. The Brigham Young University alum is married to his wife Cherye, who might be a lovely woman, I don’t know. I do know Ken is a douchenizzle, though. He’s one of the folks who led the charge to block a bill that would’ve removed Montana’s sodomy laws from its books, keeping them up to date with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the matter. Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Peterson doesn’t care what happened in the high court’s 2003 Lawrence v Texas case, or even the Montana Supreme Court’s 1997 decision in Gryczan v. State of Montana. Because, argues Peterson, it should still be illegal for gays to 1) act gay in public; and 2) recruit straights into the lifestyle. Yes, really.

Explaining his defense of keeping Montana’s sodomy laws alive and well, even if wholly unenforceable, Peterson says the Supreme Court’s decision applies only to acts that take place in private. “In my mind, if [gays] were engaging in acts in public that could be construed as homosexual, it would violate that statute,” the Missoula Independent quotes him as saying. “It has to be more than affection. It has to be overt homosexual acts of some kind or another… If kissing goes to that extent, yes. If it’s more than that, yes.” So two men tonguing each other in front of an ice cream parlor remain a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison? Two gals sharing a boob rub in the park should get them slapped with a $50,000 fine?

Yes! But that’s not all! See, Peterson also worries about all the gays recruiting perfectly straight people into their abnormal way of life.

“Homosexuals can’t go out into the heterosexual community and try to recruit people, or try to enlist them in homosexual acts,” he says. Like how though? Like so: “‘Here, young man, your hormones are raging. Let’s go in this bedroom, and we’ll engage in some homosexual acts. You’ll find you like it.’” But isn’t a bedroom a private place? So recruitment that takes the sex act behind closed doors is still illegal? Man, there are so many rules!

And while Peterson knows recruitment when he sees it, he’s never actually seen it. That’s because “I don’t associate with that group of people at all… I’ve associated with mainstream people all my life.” You know, the non-recruiters, of which Peterson is a card-carrying member.

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  • Ian

    >>”‘Here, young man, your hormones are raging. Let’s go in this bedroom, and we’ll engage in some homosexual acts. You’ll find you like it.'”

    Best pick up line ever. I’m so trying that next time I go out.

  • Rachel

    lmfao. this guy is nutty. he obviously knows nothing about sexuality.

  • Petrarch

    That sounds like a bad Craigslist ad, and this guy is certifiable.

  • ewe

    He’s not allowed out much.

  • Sam

    Of course, you’re not born gay at all, it’s a special club where you have to sign some forms then act camp for the rest of your life. This guy is so naive, his wife is probably a giant snail.

  • TheRealAdam

    @Rachel: *Most* people don’t know anything about sexuality, which is why it’s easy to use scare tactics and make up nonsense to demonize gays as inherent predators (mostly men, as Ken Peterson’s “Here, young man” example should make clear).

    His right-wing paranoia shtick is no different than Anita Bryant’s “sunny orange juice woman turned anti-gay bitch” monologues of decades ago.

    I wonder how she’s doing, anyway, the old, rotten bag.

  • Sid

    If he’s allowed to jail people he doesn’t like just because he doesn’t like them, I should be as well. Ten years in the pokey for the “douchenizzle” from Montana! Hopefully by the time he gets out, he’ll be so senile he forgets to pretend hate is a value.

  • Soupy

    So if you encourage gay kids to be straight, send them to churches, organizations and “rescue groups”, wouldn’t the same law apply? Damn criminals!

  • Ken

    Montana is a conservative state. I doubt Rep. Ken Peterson views are unique. In fact, I suspect a lot of people in the USA privately hold views that, if made public, would be sure to raise some eyebrows. Maybe he should be congratulated for being more honest than most other Americans.

    Some forty state legislatures, from Montana to Texas to Georgia, Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Wyoming and on and on have passed resolutions declaring that their own sovereignty trumps that of the Federal Government declaring that federal laws and regulations should be subordinate to local law. Some thirty states are considering re-interpreting (if not out right re-writing) the 14th Amendment to change the rules of “citizenship by birth” in order to restrict who can and who cannot become a citizen, With arizona leading the pack. A majority of Southerners still believe it was a tragedy that the North won the Civil War. (In fact a recent poll showed that that 46 percent of Republican primary voters in 2010 from the state of Mississippi strongly believe that interracial marriage should be illegal.)

    All the old prejudices and more are very much alive and well in the USA. What makes Mr. Peterson newsworthy (if he is in fact newsworthy at all) is that he’s obviously not afraid to voice those common prejudices.

  • McMike

    I guess I’ll point out the obvious since no one else has:

    The guy is a total closet case. He has the ultimate gay face.

  • Keori

    Mormons. **shakes head**

  • DavyJones

    @Ian: Absolutely agree, “You’ll find you like it”… Pure genius.

  • B

    No. 10 · McMike wrote, “I guess I’ll point out the obvious since no one else has: The guy is a total closet case. He has the ultimate gay face.”

    I don’t think he has a gay face, but rather a “sheep face”. I once heard some guy introduce himself by saying that he was from Montana, “where men are men and sheep are wary.”

  • justiceontherocks

    Montana, where men are men and sheep are nervous.

  • Dallas David

    It would be fun to set up a hetero-2-Gay therapy clinic. I wonder the the Montana state police would descend testicle-like to both local and out-of-state providers of such services. Or shut down hetero-conversion websites.

    Gee, I’ll have to look into this . . .

  • Mac McNeill

    Is this guy for real? The age says it all. He’s 75 and SENILE.

  • michael

    This guy is such a joke……he needs to come out of the closet himself…..

  • mike melee

    There is a box below the article if you need this translated. Is it possible to translate crazy/sane?

  • robert in NYC

    What can we expect from a republican? Its what they’re about. To think, the majority of gay republicans, an oxymoron if ever there were, persistently support and vote for them at every election regardless. Its a sad commentary when our own people are our own worst enemy. They may not all agree with bigots such as Peterson, but they still vote for whoever runs for the presidency. Obama isn’t perfect, neither is the democratic party for that matter, but at least we stand a better chance in getting some semblance of equality as opposed to those in the GOP who for the most part don’t think we should have any.

  • Scrios

    Bet you he is gay.

  • Jimmy Fury

    “A majority of Southerners still believe it was a tragedy that the North won the Civil War.”

    Proof Please.

  • Erich

    @TheRealAdam: She’s not doing well, she filed for bankruptcy in 97.

  • GetBalance

    Actually, there should be jail time and fines for trying to turn gay people straight. That’s where the real “legitimate harm” is. T’would be the ultimate irony.

  • Joey O'H

    This clown is a nut case douchebag. At 75, drop dead already!

  • The sane Francis

    Homophobes=threatened by homosexual persons.

  • Fr8bear

    OMG This man is uneducated and absolutly nuts. If you make “illigal” to act gay, then it should be “Illigal” to act streight! And NO ONE IS RECRUTING ANYONE. If they claim that then they were Bi-Sexual to start with. This man needs to get out of the Political ring.

  • vprima

    I’d just like to say: obvious hairpiece. Is that for Cherye or for YMCA youth board of which he is a member?

  • Steve

    Well, if this passes, then Jews need to stop doing Jew things. I want the Mormons to stay off of my damn doorstep trying to recruit me. And I want the crazy Catholic woman on the corner to shut up, preaching to people just walking by and singing hymns.

    I mean, really, its all the same things that he wants to prohibit.

  • Jayson

    I have had my share of “straight” guys, and I have never used that line.. most horny men don’t need much encouragement to have sex, i guess I need to go to jail :)

  • paul f

    Not only do you get a 10 year jail term, but you have to return your toaster too! (The one you were given when you were recruited.)

  • Jim Hlavac

    How come we only seem to recruit the gays and sissies? I mean, we never do seem to get the athletes and jocks at all.

  • LoneGemini

    Damn! No more recruiting? And I was only two away from my Deluxe Toaster Oven! *-)

  • adman

    This is yet another manifestation of the truth of Heterosexuality. It was an invention of the industrial revolution that was intended to describe a pathology. Hetero mores and social codes are intrinsically predatory, and weren’t intended to be institutionalized into civil statutes at all. In fact, it’s just the opposite, this mob mentality in slow motion was in the beginning meant to be quarantined. It’s interesting too, that this view was in keeping with the central message of the breeders’ savior, Jesus, (random dead psychotic slave on a stick guy) who preached that men and women must get married if it can’t otherwise be prevented. (Since the union of a man and woman is such a pedestrian exercise and basically filthy in spiritual terms.) He saw them as the livestock they basically are. Imagine that.

  • TheRealAdam

    @adman: I’d love to imagine that, but unfortunately I can’t quite get my head that far up your ass.

  • Mark


    I agree, he needs out of politics. I sent him an email.
    I think more should send him an email suggesting he get out of politics.

    I didn’t bash him, i just told him I think he is not right.

    His Email is : [email protected]

  • GetBalance


    I see you are out to tease and upset the troglodites. Touché. The livestock here certainly was/is an interesting brew. But then, what can we expect w 2 out of 12 (some 1, u know who u r) strands of dna ignitied. That is in itself, a quarantine.
    That was truly an unfair advantage, yet a very successful experiment nonetheless. Now the trick is getting out of these walking hotdogs while sluggishly hung over in the stupor from such antics the religious i.e. Ken Peterson and governmental right still project. Heavy nitrates are a bitch.

  • adman

    @TheRealAdam: Basic Trash, who’d have thought coming from TRA? I’m shocked, I tell you!

  • Evan

    He is a mormon, so don’t forget the magic underpants! Boys underpants! #rd step: profit! What the hell is this idiot even talking about? Recruit? Why? Seduction works so much better!

  • Evan

    @Jayson: straight guys are my favorite. They give suck wicked head, and always want to be on bottom!

  • Evan

    @Jayson: straight guys are my favorite. They give such wicked head, and always want to be on bottom!

  • Morey Soffo

    When I was 18 & new in the SeaBees, a petty officer told me to “be careful” on liberty because “there’s over a million registered homosexuals in California” (where we were stationed). My first thought was, “There’s a place to register?”

  • Hugh Mann

    Reminds me of the old Lenny Bruce bit:
    “I really dig what they do
    with homosexuals in this country.
    They put ’em in prison
    with a lot of other men.
    That’s really good punishment.”

    I think this Ken guy just might be a little “brokeback curious”
    Maybe we should fix him up Larry Craig. They are both out Westand could hook-up at the Boise airport bathroom and see where the evening takes them.


    Ian: It works! That’s how they got me!! :p

    @LoneGemini: Priceless!!

    As the age of the respondents decreases the acceptance of all things rainbow hues proportionatly increases……..We simply have to wait for certified lunatic nutbags like this senile warped old codger to fuck off and die………(literally!)

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