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Maine GOP State Rep. Sorry For Saying Men Should Have RAPE RIGHTS if Women Have Abortion Rights.

A Republican lawmaker in Maine has said he regrets decades of abusive and ignorant comments that were highlighted this week, including the claim that allowing a man to rape a woman was morally equivalent to granting women access to abortion.

State representative Lawrence Lockman’s comments were complied by liberal blogger Mike Tipping. He found a slew of comments Lockman made down the years, such as the completely false claim that HIV/AIDS can be spread through bed sheets, and that the virus had been spread by a progressive movement that promoted the idea that “the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted and depraved crime against humanity.”

Tipping also found a comment Lockman made in 1995 when he was a member of the Pro-Life Education Association in which he suggested that a rapist pursuing “sexual freedom” was no different morally to abortion:

“If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

Ben Grant, the chairman of the state Democratic Party, denounced the comments as “hateful, vicious and offensive” and called Lockman a “disturbed individual” who held “some of the most abhorrent beliefs ever heard” from a politician in the state of Maine.

Lockman has not denied making any of the statements, and he released a statement on Wednesday claiming that he regretted the comments but that they had not and would not inform his performance as a lawmaker for the state of Maine:

“I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret. I hold no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation, and today I am focused on ensuring freedom and economic prosperity for all Mainers.”

Despite this, the House Minority Leader in the Maine state legislature, Kenneth Fredette, also publicly chastised Lockman for his views, saying he would never condone any comments that attacked someone on the basis of their race, gender or sexual orientation.

It remains to be seen whether Lockman will resign following these revelations. However this is not the first time he has been questioned about his conduct in office. rawstory.com claims that Lockman has been known to make baseless allegations against other house members concerning alleged conflict of interest, and to make outlandish, bizarre statements during floor debates in the state legislature.

About Liam O'Connor

Liam O'Connor
Liam OConnor is a graduate from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where he read politics. While at university his studies included courses on American politics, feminism, and environmental politics. He has had articles published in the Strathclyde Telegraph, the Glasgow Herald and the Washington Post. He is a self-described Marxist, democratic socialist, atheist and humanist. He currently lives just outside Manchester in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He can be reached for comments or questions at [email protected]
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  • Kevan Scott

    Amazing! A politician says something stupid! How often does that happen? Oh, wait!

  • http://twitter.com/DBerryEVillage Danny Berry (@DBerryEVillage)

    what the freak? he’s a republican. You were expecting something different? Really?

  • RB

    Good ol boy!

  • http://gravatar.com/subvox Al

    … the main question is HOW DOES THIS GUY KEEP GETTING ELECTED? And I need to remind myself never to visit his district.

    • Tom Bonner

      Living in his district, I didn’t know any of this prior to the election and didn’t vote for him. He garnered 51% in the election to replace a moderate Republican who was termed out. We are now stuck with this clown and a bought and paid for ALEC puppet state Senator David Burns who put forward the same legislation that Arizona passed and their Governor vetoed. Fortunately it didn’t pass in Maine either.
      Personally I blame the Democrats for not learning of this guys past and putting it out there for everyone to see. I highly doubt if any woman would ever vote for him after his statements, which he only regrets making, not that he disagrees with them.
      The district he represents is District #30 and is a huge geographic area with only about 4,000 residents. I believe that it’s bigger than Rhode Island, and crosses into two counties. It’s a great area to visit or live in if you can find work, or retire to if you have finally reached the point where you want to get the hell away from the rat race.

  • W.G.

    This why as a MAN a REAL MAN , I promise to do everything in my power to get these Far-Right Creeps
    OUT of OFFICE ! For my Wife , for my Daughter , for my Mom who´s no longer here , for my Sister , for my female friends who suffer daily at the hands of these jerks and their idiotic policies !! REAL MEN REFUSE

  • Richard D. Cameron

    What Mr. Lockman says is only one aspect. The folks who voted him into office are at least, if not more, important. An informed electorate is one of the cornerstones of a thriving, healthy democracy. One cannot help but be alarmed when candidates like Mr. Lockman receive a plurality at the ballot box.

    • Beth Sager

      My brother-in-law is a teabagger in Maine, and regretfully, he buys the whole extreme GOP politician viewpoint hook, line and sinker.

  • Andrew

    wow…. we have a new winner in the ‘SAY SOMETHING STUPID” contest

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