As Senate and House committees in Washington prepare to hear testimony on legalizing same-sex marriage, Ken Hutcherson — the state’s moste vocal anti-gay pastor — is comparing Gov. Christine Gregoire’s (D) support for equality to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln:
HUCHERSON: She might as well change her name to John Wilkes Booth because what she’s doing now is trying to put a bullet in the head of one of the greatest traditions that has ever existed and has built our society, and that is marriage between one man and one woman.
Hutcherson — who famously officiated at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding — has previously claimed that “the behavior of gays ought to be regulated by the government for health reasons,” and warned that God would unleash his judgment upon this nation unless it banned the promotion of homosexuality. “God hates soft men,” he proclaimed in 2008, and “God hates effeminate men.” Hutcherson went on to say, “If I was in a drugstore and some guy opened the door for me, I’d rip his arm off and beat him with the wet end.”