The TEApublicans are doing a great job “rebranding” and working on their messaging! Liberal friends, Americans Against the Tea Party would like to introduce you to a real nasty TEApublican homophobe and bigoted lunatic: Minnesota state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen.
On Wednesday, supporters of marriage equality in Minnesota introduced a bill to legalize same-sex marriages after voters struck down the TEApublican’s proposed Constitutional ban last November. Gruenhagen’s argument, however is that LGBT people don’t deserve the same rights as heterosexual couples, and that homosexuality is a “lifestyle.” The Minnesota Star Tribune reported Gruenhagen said he has a friend who ran a sexual addiction clinic. “He helped many homosexuals and other people come out of the lifestyle.”
The TEApublican bigot charged,
It’s an unhealthy, sexual addiction. When we’re talking about gay marriage, we’re not talking about an immutable characteristic, like the color of your skin. The human genome map was completed in 2003, there is no gay gene, okay? So, the concept that you’re born that way and that it’s an immutable characteristic is an unscientific lie.
Actually, Glenn you’re the liar. You’re also a shameless bigoted buffoon. TEApublicans are known for their complete ignorance of science, but this is the flub to end all flubs. Discover Magazine reported in 2007 “Two of the most convincing studies (looking at a possible genetic cause for homosexuality) have proved conclusively that sexual orientation in men has a genetic cause.”
Time Magazine reported on December 13, 2012:
“It’s not genetics. It’s not DNA. It’s not pieces of DNA. It’s epigenetics,” says Sergey Gavrilets, a NIMBioS researcher and an author on the paper that outlines the new theory of homosexuality, published in The Quarterly Review of Biology. “The hypothesis we put forward is based on epigenetic marks.”
To be specific, the new theory suggests that homosexuality is caused by epigenetic marks, or “epi-marks,” related to sensitivity to hormones in the womb. These are compounds that sit on DNA and regulate how active, or inactive certain genes are, and also control when during development these genes are most prolific. Gavrilets and his colleagues believe that gene expression may regulate how a fetus responds to testosterone, the all-important male sex hormone. They further argue that epi-marks may help to buffer a female fetus from high levels of testosterone by suppressing receptors that respond to testosterone, for example, (thus ensuring normal fetal development even in the presence of a lot of testosterone) or to buffer a male fetus from low levels of testosterone by upregulating receptors that bind to the hormone (ensuring normal fetal development even in the absence of high levels of testosterone). Normally, these epi-marks are erased after they are activated, but if those marks are passed down to the next generation, the same epi-marks that protected a man in utero may cause oversensitivity to testosterone among his daughters, and the epi-marks that protected a woman in utero may lead to undersensitivity to testosterone among her sons.
So there you have it folks. Here’s the shameful video from this science-illiterate homophobic bigoted TEApublican hack: