This morning, the Victory Fund released an audio recording of an Oklahoma state legislator speaking at a meeting that was open to the public. In the recording, she proceeded to make some jaw-dropping assertions about the LGBT community including the idea that “the homosexual agenda is destroying this nation” and that “not everybody’s lifestyle is equal, just like not all religions are equal.”
One of the primary questions people have had after hearing her hateful speech was why no one ever mentioned her name. If the audio was worthy of being publicized, why not single out the person responsible?
There are a couple reasons.
First, we don’t want to make her a hero in anti-gay circles. Running a name and a picture would merely serve as a feather in her cap.
Also, while this speech is remarkable in its statements, it’s not unique. For every bit of hateful rhetoric we hear, scores of other anti-gay statements go unchallenged.
It is not our intention to make this individual the target of animosity and hostility. It is, however, our intention to let her know that we heard what she said, we do not approve and that we support public officials who recognize people in the LGBT community as equal, ordinary citizens.