Utah State Senator Chris Buttars on the Gays: “They’re the Meanest Buggers I Have Ever Seen”


Utah State Sen. Chris Buttars compares gay men to “radical Muslims” in a new documentary being created by Salt Lake City ABC-4 reporter Reed Cowan titled, 8: The Mormon Proposition. In interviews, Buttars says that gays and lesbians are the biggest threat to America and that we are inherently amoral, which, were it true, would be the one thing we would have in common with this deranged– and elected– politician. Much more offensive rhetoric after the jump.

ABC-4 has selected quotes from the upcoming documentary and alludes to one comment Buttars makes that they deem too offensive to print:

“Sen. Chris Buttars: “Homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts. But I don’t care.”

“They’re mean. They want to talk about being nice. They’re the meanest buggers I have ever seen.”

And just seconds later, Buttars draws a comparison between some gays and radical Muslims.

“It’s just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side.”

Buttars also claims he’s “killed” every gay rights bill in the legislature for the last 8 years.

He also talks about gay marriage being the beginning of the end.

Buttars: “What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that because anything goes.”

And finally, this is how senator Buttars refers to the “radical gay movement.”

“They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.”

Now, in the interview, senator Buttars also talks about a certain type of reported gay sexual activity which he claims is taking place.

But ABC 4 does not consider that appropriate for its news content.”

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  • Amber LeMay

    Maybe Buttars (gotta love the name) meant to say we were the meanest JITTERbuggers. ‘Cause, afterall, we are pretty fierce on the dance floor.

  • dvlaries

    Hey, look what Nature did to Chrisie. You’d be better too.

  • dvlaries

    Fuck it. Can’t edit. ” bitter “

  • Sebbe

    Well luckily for “buttars” and possibly anyone using the word buggers, he already has one foot out the door.

    “They’re probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of.”

    @ Japhy – Has queerty been subpoenaed yet for our personal information by homeland security?

  • strumpetwindsock

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but I take this all as a compliment, coming from this guy. Better to be a mean bugger than quiet and in the closet.

    Plus I can save the quarter I was going to spend going to the ancient history museum.

  • markl

    Wtf is going on in Utah lately? For such a picturesque place, it’s pretty freakin’ ugly.

  • Sebbe

    Is it just me or does this guy look about 20 years older than his 66 years. No offense to our older posters/readers, but you and the baby boomers as “generations” are basically pretty fucked up. Things will not get better until we are in power. I yearn for that day. This year the first US representative born in the 80s was elected, Aaron Schock, and while he may be a republican, its telling of the generational shift that is coming.

    Again, I’m not an ageist, and have reverence and respect for you (some of you anyways), but come on, look at the facts? Some of these people are still fighting the battles of vietnam 30+ years later.

  • Sebbe

    @markl – lol, I’ll take the “dirty streets” of NYC and some of our other cities any day.

  • kevin (not that one)

    Seriously, this is hate speech. No, he’s not using the word “faggot”, but he is setting the stage for violence to happen to us. If he is saying that we are immoral and only exist to bring about the destruction of America, then it is only logical that “good, moral Americans” would seek out a correction of this problem, namely extermination camps.

    I know we try to laugh at this sort of stupidity, but this really is no laughing matter. This guy is a demogogue who speaks the language of genocide.

  • The Milkman

    Why do these people always have to look like the creepy preacher from Poltergeist?

    And Sebbe, I’m 100% in agreement. The sooner we jettison the Boomer brand of capricious zealotry, the better.

  • strumpetwindsock

    @Sebbe: If you want to get ageist we can play too, because frankly you have been letting things backslide for the past 25 years or so. The cryptkeeper forgot to mention you were lazy spoiled whiny buggers.

    What’s wrong, you kids watching too much TV or what? I know it can’t be the lame shit you call acid nowadays.

    (sorry… I am just kidding sweets. forgive me for razzing you. I couldn’t resist)

    Now why was I posting here? Oh yes:
    Sorry it’s straight, but it is appropriate.

  • Sebbe

    @strumpetwindsock – no offense taken at all. Past 25 years? Since or before our births? Someone in the comments of that video wrote “salted or unsalted”?

  • ConservativeRepublican

    Oh, yes, we’re exactly like the extremists who fly planes into buildings, behead infidels, and stone rape victims. Um, what?

    Oh, and my fiancé and I are every bit as moral as you, Senator, so shove it up your ass.

  • ConservativeRepublican


    I am not at all convinced that our generation is going to be any better, LOL. More tolerant of gays, perhaps, but as for running the country efficiently? Nah.

  • Ashmael

    That shit is the more amoral piece of camel dung that exists.He should be in jail.And blasthim and the shitead radical moslems, too. Same crap.

  • pogobock

    He means the meanest buggerers he has ever seen.

  • Alan

    Yet another reason to be proud to live in this state. Yep, I live in Utah. Lucky me!

  • illuman23

    Ugh. I just see his quote and it makes me ill:

    Buttars: “What is the morals of a gay person? You can’t answer that because anything goes.”

    What if you take the word “Gay” out of that question?

    “What is the morals of a person? You can’t answer that because anything goes.”

    Well that is the heart of the matter. Buttars wants to control morality which is not the role of government. He should go check out Iran. I bet he could learn a thing or two about Theocracy and effective morality policing policies. They’ve managed to rid the whole country of homosexuals, or at least force them into the closet for fear of persecution. He’s the one that should be compared to fundamentalist Muslims, not us.

  • Larry

    @kevin (not that one):

    “I know we try to laugh at this sort of stupidity, but this really is no laughing matter. This guy is a demogogue who speaks the language of genocide.”

    I agree. It’s also noteworthy that the ad in the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News openly said that we should be “forced” not to display affection in public. Someone at another blog said he got an email from the Family Research Council that said more or less the same thing.

    Whether or not this leads to “extermination camps,” the anti-gay rhetoric out there is getting pretty scary and could easily lead to violence.

  • Whup-Ass Master

    Here’s what confuses me:

    If heterosexual conservatives hate gays so much, why do they keep raising them? My parents are hetero conservatives. More than half of my gay friends can say the same.

    You’re right, this is the language of genocide. His words, now immortalized on film, will be a source of shame for his offspring for generations to come.

    PS. I’m DYING to know what expurgated sexual activity he spends sweaty sleepless nights fretting about.

  • sparkle obama

    sunshine is the best disinfectant!

  • Peter

    If She Senator Buttars knows so much detail about the Gays, he must have been there and done that. Or he is a Nazi member.

  • Sebbe

    @ConservativeRepublican – I always assumed you were much older than me? Young, conservative and republican? Please don’t tell me your hot too, that would be such a shame? LOL

    (I’m kidding with you, I have a love hate relationship with you I feel like).

    @Alan – Is there any reason to be proud to live in Utah?

  • strumpetwindsock

    @kevin (not that one):
    kevin, I absolutely take your point. but you know what? Look at all the Nazi jokes in Mel Brooks’ movies.

    “If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator you never win,” says Brooks, 75. “That’s what they do so well; they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter–they can’t win. You show how crazy they are.”

    I know they still hold the balance of power and that what they are doing is a crime and we should fight them on that front.
    The good new is that we get to make fun of them now and forever.

  • Bruno

    He’s disgusting and offensive and all, but I still can’t help but marvel how all of this prop 8 fallout has brought these topics to the forefront…IN UTAH!

  • Colin

    I’m straight, married, have four kids, and live in Salt Lake. This guy is a disgrace. I hope this finally puts him over the edge and the idiots that live in his district stop electing him. Everyone here does not prescribe to his assinine way of thinking.

  • Charles J. Mueller


    I am an openly gay man of 72 who just read your post and I wanted to take a moment just to tell you how much I appreciated your comments. That kind of support, coming from the straight community, means a great deal to those of us in the LGBT community.

    While we also have a few raving lunatics in our community as well, the majority of us realize that everyone in your state does not prescribe to this man’s asinine way of thinking. It’s a sad commentary that a few rotten apples make everyone else in the barrel look bad.

    Thank you for your kind input and support. Best regards to you and you family.

  • Sebbe

    @Colin – Thank you for visting. We can sometimes get a bit catty among one another, but wouldn’t you if you were in our circumstances? Again thanks for stopping bye, we are mostly a nice group of guys.

  • Sebbe

    and ladies. sorry. I love and support my lesbian sisters.

  • Gorbeh

    Yay!!!!! I’m the greatest threat to America!!!!!

  • Nate in SLC

    Just thought I would throw out an idea:

    For all of us that are sick of the discrimination on the local level, send a post card to President Obama, Senator Reid, and Rep. Nancy Pelosi so that they understand why we need protections on the federal level.

    Unfortunately Buttars is the state senator for my area, and I’ve actually had a conversation with the man. Four everyone’s sake, I hope he kicks the bucket soon.

  • getreal

    Clearly he has met Bill Perdue LOL

  • strumpetwindsock

    @getreal: …except that as a legislator I presume Butterboy actually has the power to bring the guillotine into common usage (though in Utah I think they lean more in favour of the firing squad).

    I hope you don’t mind the levity at your expense, Bill.

  • Steve

    Buttars hateful attitude is not at all unusual among Mormons in Utah. He will be re-elected, if he wants to run again. The Mormon church controls Utah, with no serious opposition. Continued non-violent opposition makes him look silly, and might get some of his supporters to think, but he will still win reelection by a wide margin.

    The recent gay-rights bills that he brags about killing in the Utah legislature were never going to pass. There’s just no way any gay-rights can pass that legislature, at least not for the next several decades. Buttars isn’t the only one opposed. He is just the most prominent.

    Gay rights will eventually happen in Utah, but it will be a result of Federal legislation, or perhaps a Federal court decision. Then it will take several decades for it to really happen, just like civil rights for black people in Alabama.

  • getreal

    @Steve: You clearly know what you are talking about. I think/hope we will all surprised and LGBT people will have full equality in america within the next decade. It may seem far fetched, but five years ago people were talking about the possibility of a black president happening MAYBE within the next twenty years. What makes our country great is that virtually anything is possible if we can think it we will eventually do it.

  • strumpetwindsock

    Re: federal legislation. You’re right. That’s what it took to quash polygamy laws in Utah.

    And we would likely not have same-sex marriage throughout Canada had it not been for our federal Supreme Court ruling. And strangely enough the British Columbia government took a long time to lay charges against polygamists there, partially because of the implication of our Supreme Court ruling on marriage (and freedom of religion, of course).

    Each province had to change their law to comply, and some were quicker than others. Even though it is a universal right each province has different rules for Commissioners of Oaths who want to opt out of performing same sex marriages if they wish.
    Here in Saskatchewan it is forbidden. They actually fired and fined a commissioner here who refused to perform a ceremony, and there is an appeal pending. In Ontario they allow commissioners to decline and keep their jobs.

  • Dan

    Sounds pretty spot on to me, ya’ll are pretty mean.

  • Dean Harpster

    This kind of hate talk must be countered at every turn. When I read the bullshit this idiot said, I IMMEDIATELY shot him an email, which I’ve posted for your viewing pleasure here:


    Feel free to heap the counter-talk on him. He needs to know that, with his hateful, dehumanizing speech, he is harming people, including people who live in his district. And feel free to circulate the URL of my email to your friends.

    This shit needs to stop, and it’s up to US to say/do something.


  • Donald Nielsen

    I am with you Senator Butters; the Lord call it an “Abomination” Lev.18;22!!

  • Dean Harpster

    @Donald Nielsen: The only abomination is your stupidity and ignorance. Quit picking nonsensical passages from the Bible (most of which I’m sure you’ve never even read, much less understood) as your carte blanche to hate, and do something productive for humanity, like get an education.

  • David Kamanski

    As one of the silent majority Im with you Senitor butters& all my co workers think the same The Lord calls it an Abomination & thats a fact. Il stand up for the right to choose but that dosent make the chois right. We need more MEN like Senitor Butters.

  • Dean Harpster

    @David Kamanski: How about more MEN who can spell? “senitor”? “thats”? “dosent”? “chois”? Sweet Jeebus, where’s my dictionary? Oh wait, home-schoolin’ don’t provide for no dictionaries.

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