In the days before the North Carolina General Assembly voted to add a question to the May ballot asking residents to approve a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, Sen. James Forrester (R) — a co-sponsor of the measure — called homosexuality an “unhealthy lifestyle” and urged gay people to “change their lifestyle” back “to the normal lifestyle we can accept.” During a forum in a Gaston Country church, Forrester also described Asheville, North Carolina as a “cesspool of sin” because of its high concentration of gay people.
After the measure’s passage on Tuesday, Forrester doubled down on his “cesspool” remarks, saying that he used the term because gay people “were all out barring their breasts”:
“It was kind of brought up in a church meeting we had and I don’t know what prompted me to say that, but I distinctly remember a couple of weeks ago they were all out baring their breasts and everything up in Asheville,” Forrester said. “They have a lot of very liberal people. They have a lot of homosexuals that live in the Asheville area.”
Forrester continued: “I think, it used to be you think of Wilmington with all the movie people down there would be the worst place in the state or Chapel Hill where they have a lot of liberal people and so forth. But Asheville is just doing a lot of things that I don’t like and I don’t think a lot of people in the Asheville area like.”
Forrester has also claimed that the gay “lifestyle” is responsible for decreasing longevity by at least 20 years and predicted that if the state doesn’t adopt his constitutional amendment, “homosexuality will be taught into public school as the norm.” “Do you want that? No. The homosexuals want to have their lifestyle considered normal,” he said.