Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Narrow-Mindedness of Diane Gramley and the AFA of PA Once Again Bring Shame To Venango County

Rep. Josephs Objects to AFA of Pa.'s Homophobic Statements

HARRISBURG, Feb. 12 – State Rep. Babette Josephs, D-Phila., is going on record against the homophobic and ignorant statements recently made by Diane Gramley (pictured) of the American Family Association of Pa. in response to "Freedom to Marry Week," a week long slate of events in the state Capitol organized by groups and individuals in support of same-sex marriage.

Josephs, a longtime supporter of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered rights, including the freedom to marry if they so choose, participated in a news conference in support of legislation to permit same-sex marriage held during the week's events.

After the news conference, AFA of Pa. issued a news release calling same-sex marriage the "destruction of the foundation of a successful society."

Josephs said she felt she could not let its bias go unanswered.

"The organization offers no proof beyond the assertion of its president, Diane Gramley, that same-sex marriage is destructive of society or of opposite-sex marriages," Josephs answered.

The group's view also claims that those who engage in homosexual acts account for the majority of AIDS cases, that it is a gay disease.

"I am offended on my own behalf and on the behalf of those who suffer from HIV or AIDS, or have lost loved ones to that scourge. HIV is a horrible disease that impacts people worldwide. It does not discriminate. Gramley's statement is inflammatory and not worthy of serious discussion," Josephs added.

"All people are worthy and contribute to our society, including those who happen to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. We should welcome and value all families, and support efforts to make this state a place where everybody will want to live, work and visit, not treat a select group as second-class citizens.

"I take the narrow-minded viewpoints expressed by AFA seriously in that it only further cements my resolve to fight for equal rights for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation."


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Touchame said...

That woman looks like something from a Stephen King horror novel.

No wonder she's worried about everyone else having sex. She never gets any herself.

No wonder she's worried about everyone else's marriage. Her marriage must he horrible judging from the look in her eyes.

Forest Queers said...

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BodaciousBabe said...

WOW! She puts the "U" in ugly, doesn't she? When I was visiting PA about 3 years ago, I saw this woman speak a lot of "poison" that was extended towards people that she obviously hated. I didn't mean to, but I laughed so hard, that I disrupted her speech. I was quickly escorted away from the small "crowd" that had gathered. I was told that if I did that again, I would be arrested and charged with harrassment, disorderly conduct, and stalking.
I had to get out of there as fast as I could and get into my car and keep the windows rolled up because I was fixing to burst out laughing so hard and I was a long way from home and didn't want to get arrested. When they saw my Arizona tags, I'm sure that they were glad to see me go. But I'm glad that someone is standing up to this twat and exposing her for the ____________ that she is.

Pattaya said...

Do watch Out in the Silence (extended version) and For the Bible Tells me so to see further evidence of the hate spewed by people like this woman and James Dobson. Both are available on iTunes.

There's also clear evidence of the destructive, deadly consequences of allowing people like this to influence naïve, ignorant people.

It is not a case of LGBT people versus Christians. These people are misrepresenting what Christ is all about and driving both gay people and straight people away from true Christianity.

They would deserve our pity if it weren't for their unrelenting, impenitent hate mongering.