Bob Vander Plaats: Homosexuality Is A ‘Public Health Risk’
Vander Plaats, one of the Midwests most homophobic bigots coming from the great state of Iowa, was recently interviewed by ThinkProgress during a campaign stop in Ames. When asked about his views about homosexual ‘lifestyles’ here’s what happened:
ThinkProgress spoke with Vander Plaats at a recent Family Leader campaign stop in Ames and asked the Iowa kingmaker about the claim that homosexuality is a public health risk akin to secondhand smoke. Though Vander Plaats had been loathe to discuss such matters publicly in the past, in this instance he did not mince words. After declaring that homosexuality is a “risky lifestyle,” Vander Plaats argued that “If we’re teaching the kids, ‘don’t smoke, because that’s a risky health style,’ the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle”:
KEYES: I know the Iowa Family Leader came under a little bit of controversy during the fall for one of the advertisements was talking about how homosexuality can almost even be seen – sorry, don’t think it was an advertisement – during a speech that homosexuality can almost even been seen as a public health risk.
VANDER PLAATS: It is a public health risk.
KEYES: A public health risk akin to, for instance, secondhand smoke and secondhand smoking?
VANDER PLAATS: When you take a look at it, this isn’t the Family Leader, but say the New York Health Department. They’ve put out an ad basically highlighting all the dangers of the homosexual lifestyle, that you’re this many times more to get this particular disease or this many times more to get this other type of disease. Now, they conclude with “practice safe sex.” But they’re almost taking our talking points. Because anybody, the Journal of Medicine will back us up on this, that this is a risky lifestyle, health risk lifestyle. If we’re teaching the kids, “don’t smoke, because that’s a risky health style,” the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle. That’s why I think we need to speak the truth once in a while.
Bob uses the ‘public health risk’ phrase very intentionally. He’s referencing the now disconnected site secondhandeffects which promotes homosexuality as a public health risk like second hand smoking. The site, often linked to Vander Plaats and his group The Family Leader. Here’s a YouTube video about both.
- Bob Vander Plaats Compares Homosexuality To Smoking (towleroad.com)
- Video: Bob Vander Plaats’ former adviser: ‘I wish he’d just step back a little and take a look at what he’s doing’ (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Bob Vander Plaats tries to snuff ‘second-hand’ fires; puts more kindling under ours (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Audio: Bob Vander Plaats has no chance of losing, says Bob Vander Plaats (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Vander Plaats threatens to push against Gronstal’s re-election (thegazette.com)
- Vander Plaats hosting anti-gay marriage rally in Iowa City today (thegazette.com)