As we reported in today’s Dallas Voice, Montana is one of four states including Texas that still has its gay-only sodomy law on the books. Apparently, some Montana legislators are attempting to clean up the penal code too.
State Rep. Ellie Boldman Hill posted on her Facebook page a photo, right, of some reading material every legislator received, called The Truth About Homosexuals — 21st Century Sodomites. Hill wrote:
Here’s what all Montana legislators received in their Capitol mailboxes today. There are no words for what is going on up here. — at Montana State Capitol.
Time Magazine named Hill one of their “40 Under 40” and he Missoula Independent named her that city’s best activist three years in a row. But in the Montana House, she’s facing the same opposition that Rep. Garnet Coleman and Sen. Jose Rodriguez will encounter in the Texas Legislature.
Sodomites. I haven’t heard that stupid, mistranslated (yes, I speak Hebrew and that word is mistranslated) word used seriously in years. But every time the right wing loses another argument, they come up with something new. Sodomite seems to be their latest fad and expect to hear it more.
Earlier this week, Right Wing Watch reported Vision America’s Rick Scarborough delivered a guest sermon at at a New Jersey church and said sodomite should be used in place of gay. “They’re not gay … that’s a twist into the words,” Scarborough said. “It won’t be long until we’ll be calling pedophiles ‘happy people.’”
On Monday and Tuesday, Scarborough will be spreading his love in Austin. Monday he’ll be at a private reception with Gov. Rick Perry, who coincidentally has been accused over the years of being a sodomite himself, and on Tuesday at a pro-life march and rally.
Queer used to be a bad word. A terrible insult. Maybe we should appropriate the word sodomite in the same way.
Watch a clip from Scarborough’s sermon below.