GOP State Senator: Homosexual Relationships Pose ‘Health Risks’ To My Family

Iowa State Sen. Dennis Guth (R)

During a floor speech on Wednesday, Iowa state Sen. Dennis Guth (R) made a wide range of inflammatory and offensive remarks about LGBT Americans. Among other things, Guth claimed that homosexuality breeds mental health problems like depression, shortens people’s life spans, presents public health risks to straight Americans — including Guth’s family — and even contributes to the downfall of civilizations.

Radio Iowa chronicled Guth’s diatribe:

Guth said there are “numerous” health and mental problems associated with homosexuality that “ultimately” shorten the lives of gays and lesbians.

“There are health risks that my family incurs because of the increase of sexually transmitted infections that this lifestyle invites. For example, there are more and more medical tests required before giving blood or giving birth,” Guth said.

Guth said “many civilizations have fallen” because the traditional family was not protected and he argued the homosexual lifestyle “is a lie.”

“If I saw someone going the wrong way on a one-way street, I would make every effort to stop and redirect them,” Guth said. “Simply put, it saves lives to have honest communication not only about the sexually transmitted diseases that shorten lifespans, but also about the deep loneliness that accompanies a life based on youth, beauty and sex.”

You can listen to Guth’s entire speech here.

As Guth’s fellow Sen. Matt McCoy (D) pointed out after the speech, Guth’s accusations are ignorant and based on talking points from hard-right Christian and social conservative groups, not science. In fact, increasing acceptance of LGBT communities decreases societal stigma surrounding homosexuality and consequently improves LGBT Americans’ mental health; Guth’s family would be equally at risk for sexually transmitted infections from straight people if they don’t use safe sex practices; and both the medical community and lawmakers from both parties agree that barriers to LGBT Americans donating blood and organs is an outdated relic not supported by any actual public health risks.