A senator from northern Iowa says homosexual lifestyles pose a health risk to him and his family.
Senator Dennis Guth, of Klemme, spoke Wednesday on the Senate floor. He says the media has "bamboozled'' the public into a growing acceptance of gay relationships and argues his family faces "multiple health risks'' because of sexually transmitted infections he says are associated with a gay lifestyle.
Guth's comments were quickly condemned by Senator Matt McCoy, who is openly gay.
He says Guth was using "warmed over rhetoric that has been invented by the Christian-right extremist groups.'' McCoy says being gay is not a choice, but "you certainly can choose to be ignorant.''