Every day I troll the fringe backwaters of the right wing (which are getting less fringe-y every day) but every once in a while I come across someone who is so off-the-charts oblivious that it leaves an indentation when my head hits the desk. Larry SECEDE Kilgore (he actually made SECEDE his middle name legally), who is running for Texas governor as a Republican, makes Bryan Fischer sound like Voltaire. He wants Texas to secede from the United States and become a theocracy where gay people would be put to death — and he thinks gay people should help him achieve his goal.
In addition to secession, Kilgore has previously advocated the death penalty for those who undergo abortions or commit adultery, along with otherwise strict adherence to so-called biblical law. But along with his views on LGBT issues, he’s taking all that off the table this go-round.
“The only position I have is secession,” Kilgore told Lone Star Q on Monday. “I am a Christian, and I have lots of Christian beliefs. However, I am trying to build a coalition of all different types of people. I look at the lesbians and the homosexual folks and I say, ‘Hey, D.C. is stealing my money just like they’re stealing your money.’ After we get our freedom, then we can decide all that stuff — hopefully at a county level. Right now, lesbians and homosexuals and Christians may have differences with each other, but we’ve got a bigger enemy.”…
Despite his past statements about abortion and adultery, I couldn’t find much online about Kilgore’s views on LGBT issues. The only previous mention seemed to be a summary of Kilgore’s positions that appeared in the Houston Chronicle in 2007: “Public use of vulgar sexual language would result in flogging. … Judges will flog more severely those convicted of transvestism.”…Kilgore said he initially made the widely cited statement about “transvestism” in 2001 or 2002, prior to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down Texas’ sodomy law.
“Due to that ruling, Texas does not have that freedom anymore, so it would be silly for me under the current government system to try to come up with any laws against homosexuality behavior, because Texas is not free to do that at this moment in time,” Kilgore said. “I won’t be in power, and I won’t have any legislative say at that time, but yes, I would very much approve of a biblical law that prevented homosexual behavior in the new nation.”
Asked what the punishment for homosexuality should be under such a law, Kilgore told me: “According to the Bible, it should be execution, if anyone participates in that activity.”
He added that it’s no different from the punishment he would advocate for abortion or adultery, and he said it’s possible that after secession, Texas would have to “break up even more” — and some areas could choose to allow homosexuality or the “murder of babies.”
“In my gubernatorial run, it’s secession only, and I want to build a bridge with all different kinds of folks,” Kilgore said. “If there was a homosexual running that was a secessionist, I would support him.”
And then you’d have him killed, you fascist cretin. I’m guessing he isn’t going to find much support in the LGBT community.