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GLAAD Urges Media to Scrutinize Offensive Comments by Senator Orrin Hatch

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By GLAAD |
June 4, 2010

During a town hall meeting this week on the Dixie State University campus in St. George, Utah, Senator Orrin Hatch made disparaging remarks about lesbian and gay people of faith. As the Salt Lake City Tribune reported:

“He said the Republicans need to organize and pull together just as unions, environmentalists, personal injury lawyers and gay rights activists do for Democrat candidates. ‘Gays and lesbians don’t pay tithing, their religion is politics,’ said Hatch.”

“This rhetoric is highly insulting and offensive to lesbian and gay people, particularly to devout followers of a wide range of faith traditions,” said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).  “Media have a responsibility to show the gap between Hatch’s false anti-gay rhetoric and the actual lives of lesbian and gay people of faith.”

For more resources on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of faith, please see GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide, Page 30: http://www.glaad.org/mediaguide and visit our Religion, Faith & Values blog page here: http://glaadblog.org/category/communities/religion-faith/