CREDIT: Wyoming Legislative Service Office
Wyoming State Rep. Troy R. Mader (R), who was selected by the Campbell County Commissioners last month to fill a vacancy despite his past anti-LGBT writings, is standing by his 1987 book The Death Sentence of AIDS. The book, which he wrote and edited, blamed “homosexual terrorism” for the AIDS crisis and advocated for sexual and actual quarantine of people with HIV/AIDS.
In an interview with the Casper Star-Tribune, published Sunday, Mader conceded that some of the information in the book is now dated, but reaffirmed his belief that gay promiscuity was a major cause of the AIDS epidemic: “If you want to participate in that particular lifestyle, that’s your choice. But I reserve the right to say, ‘Hey, there’s risk involved.’”
Mader told the paper that he recently read Out of A Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God. A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope, a 2011 book by Christopher Yuan and Angela Yuan about Christopher’s rejection of his homosexuality (endorsed by then-Exodus International president Alan Chambers before his 2012 admission that people don’t change their orientation). Yuan, Mader said, “graphically illustrates the real problem in homosexuality is the promiscuity. … When you’re talking about numbers [in The Death Sentence of AIDS] we were quoting the best we could find at the time.”
Mader also reaffirmed his opposition to LGBT equality:
MADER: I’ll be honest with you: We don’t have standing to change the definition of marriage. We didn’t make it. Either nature did, if you believe in evolution, or God did, if you believe in the Bible. But either way, it happened at a time and we can’t effect that change. … And we can play words semantics all we want, but we don’t have the standing to change it. It will remain the same regardless of what any legislature does.
Mader’s book, which called itself a “comprehensive source book of quotes by the world’s leading physicians, scientists, and reearchers,” contains a series of pseudo-science claims about the epidemic “homosexual lifestyles” from people like Paul Cameron, Gene Antonio, and Phyllis Schlafly.